Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

2017 | R | 130 Minutes

Action | Adventure | Comedy

When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place and a new villain rises, Eggsy and Merlin are forced to work together with the American agency known as the Statesman to save the world.

Overall Rating

7 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle is bonkers, crazy and ridiculously fun. If you thought the first instalment was absurdly silly, well good luck with this one! Matthew Vaughn has taken the spy genre and turned it up by 9000. I'm talking a taxi that transforms from a normal car, to a speedy car to a submarine. A suitcase that acts as a gun, body shield and missile launcher all-in-one. Even a whip that becomes a lasso that cuts through people. This pretty much explains director Vaughn's problem, he went too far. Like a mad man not knowing when to stop. Unfortunately he did not put his resources and ingenuity into the plot. A deluded business woman called Poppy Adams has devised a recreational drug that will kill everyone who consumes it through a gruelling four stage process (that does include dancing). It's up to the disbanded Kingsman to join their American brothers, Statesman, to stop her and save the world. Eggsy also has a girlfriend. Harry is still alive (completely shoe-horned in). The President of America sees this problem as a solution, as it terminates all the drug users in the world. So yes, it's rather over stuffed but fortunately it's 140 minutes long so it never feels too rushed. Just messy. However I cannot deny that I was thoroughly entertained and thought the pacing was consistently good. All performances were enjoyable, particularly Mark Strong and Taron Egerton (who finally has his name on the poster this time around). Julianne Moore was wasted, I absolutely despise an action film where the antagonist is just there to further the plot! Valentine was so good in its predecessor that he is constantly referenced with multiple expositional scenes. Adams was just a wasted character and her demise was borderline lazy. To counteract this, we have Elton John. Yes, Sir Elton John. Incredibly hilarious. Ridiculously stupid. I loved it. If a film can have him enter a scene grinning whilst "Rocket Man" plays...well it's just a winner. The action was well executed with Vaughn's visual flair garnished on top. A decent sequel, just no where near as brilliant as the first.