WHAT I LIKED: The first Kinsgman was a joy because of how assured and original it was, but its sequel - 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' - decides to chuck even more into the pan and turn up the heat, and in some places that definitely works. Indeed for one the over-the-top careless confidence with which the action, plot and humour are delivered is often very appealing, and the cast all return on top form to make it as snappy and gleeful as ever. Secondly though, and perhaps where the film excels most, it also occasionally ups the human stakes and focuses on character and this makes the whole thing feel viable and interesting as we continue to follow Eggsy on his crazy but personal arc.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The amount of stuff they cram in with this new approach does however mean it looses some of its predecessor's ease, and instead feels like it's trying too hard. In a way there it's rather comparable with another blockbuster sequel this year - 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' - as that too is a film that works on many levels but is often let down by a director who seemingly allows every ridiculous idea he has make it to final cut. It's not that Kingsman 2 is too mad, it's just that it crams a little too much madness in to produce a constant smile.
VERDICT: Once again Matthew Vaughn delivers pure entertainment with sheer confident and yet well-supported lunacy. It's just a shame the amount he crams in here means that 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' loses the brilliant ease of its far superior predecessor.