Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

An all-star cast return for an inferior sequel with a few bright moments.

If you thought that the anal sex joke at the end of ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ was the funniest bit, you’re in luck: this sequel takes all the crudest aspects of its predecessor and runs with them. Taron Egerton returns as Eggsy, the working-class rebel turned gentleman spy whose latest mission takes him to the USA, where he joins up with Stateside counterparts played by Channing Tatum and Halle Berry. Jeff Bridges, phoning it in for a good pay, is the boss.

As you may know from the trailer, Eggsy’s mentor Harry (Colin Firth) is actually alive, but has amnesia. Oh, and there’s a crazy drug baron supplying the entire world with narcotics who lives in a jungle compound designed to look like an American diner. She wears pretty dresses and puts her employees through the mincer, in every sense. She, thank heavens, is played by Julianne Moore, but the role is still too bizarre to really work. As is the plot, which seems to be straining to appeal to both Americans and young Brits: a scene at Glastonbury is as unrealistic as it is misogynistic (tracking device in a vagina, really?!). There’s plenty of fun action, and laughs here and there – but when a repeated cameo from Elton John is the best thing in a movie like this, you know you’re in trouble.

By: Anna Smith

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Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday June 16 2017
Duration: 141 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Taron Egerton
Mark Strong
Julianne Moore
Halle Berry

Average User Rating

3.4 / 5

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Tastemaker

Considering this was slated when it came out in the cinema, I found it an enjoyable distraction on a plane journey to LA - considering I didn't pay for it maybe that's why. Some great Matthew Vaughn action sequences including a fun taxi cab fight scene at the start of the film with some laugh out loud moments, the movie does have some real highs, but also really drags once the Kingsman team head to the US. Gets better again during the end scene, but the big lull in the middle makes it overly long at almost 2h30 mins.

tastemaker

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is an action-packed movie filled with spectacular, dangerous stunts.

It’s an exciting, thrilling sequel that brings Eggsy (Taron Egerton) back to this promiscuous, charming and sartorial story.

I have to say that some parts are quite nasty and terrible. Not very well executed.

It all looks rather fake and not realistic.

Slightly messy in some parts and it did make me cringe.

Apart from all of that, it looked fantastic.

Extremely stylish and captivating to watch.

I do love the parts when they slow the camera. Every single detail is captured.

I love all their sartorial gadgets.

Who wouldn’t want an umbrella that can shoot out missiles and be used as a shield?

This time around all of Kingsman headquarters have been destroyed and it’s up to Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) to find the person responsible for all the chaos.

They both find a spy organisation called Statesman while drinking a bottle of whiskey.

They fly out to America to find the Statesman, where they join forces to fight the bad guys and save the entire world.

It’s sounds pretty much like the first film.

Kill the bad guys, in this case Poppy (Julianne Moore) and save the world from extinction.

Eggsy and Harry (Colin Firth) stopped her plan to kill humanity with a little help from Statesman secret agent (Channing Tatum) and Elton John.

This cast alone is truly bonkers.

I really enjoyed watching the bond between Mark Strong and Halle Berry.

It was great to see Firth come back, I wasn’t expecting to see him. I’m glad they showed exactly what happened straight after he was shot in the first film.

It’s definitely well crafted and looks visually creative, but lacks some sort of quality to the movie.

It’s a bit all over the place and a very jokey.

I did expect a bit more action from this film, maybe it was rushed through.

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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tastemaker

I was really looking forward to seeing this film after thoroughly enjoying the original. Unfortunately, it was a little disappointing. Whilst Taron Egerton is excellent once again, the film falls into too many clichés and nods to the original rather than being its own thing. That’s not to say it’s not fun in lots of places and good performances all round but the story never feels cohesive enough.

Criminally, Channing Tatum is really underused and I can only assume that this was due to some last-minute script/scheduling changes because I can’t believe that’s how his part was originally written. They do suggest a third Kingsman film in the final scene and hopefully it will be more of a return to form if it does get made.

Tastemakertastemaker

If the first version of the film was ridiculous, this is all new levels of unfathomably crazy.  Go into it knowing that you've got an action / comedy on your hands.  I found the over-the-topness hilarious but I know this isn't for everyone.  I thought it was worth a watch and came away laughing!

tastemaker

A throughly disappointing sequel to a really great film. The plot was obscure and felt really patched together in order to include as many celebrities as possible. The film was really long and drawn out with lots of questionable acting. Definitely don't recommend, the first film however, is excellent.

tastemaker

This sequel was never really going to live up to the first film and I knew that going in.  The storyline is bonkers - even more than the last film.  However, it is enjoyable and I think the cast are good.  I did thing WTF is Elton doing though - times must be hard…

tastemaker

Spy Hard! Despite all the negative reviews in the media, Kingsman 2 is still worth a watch. Yes, it isn't as good as the original , but there are some really neat scenes, including the opening taxi car-chase set in London (actually filmed in Birmingham) and the Elton John cameo (for me, the best bit of the movie). There are some elements that are tiresome (too many robotic dogs!) and there is still the requisite innuendo (a rather cringeworthy sub-plot about a tracking device that has to be 'inserted'). The all star cast is also wasted (Julianne Moore and Jeff The Dude Bridges are both woefully underutilised). OK, but no more sequels please.

Tastemaker

It wasn't all a bore, but it sure wasn't in the same league as the first film!

If the main ingredients that made Kingsman 1 great (weird graphic violence, humour and a fabulous Taron Egerton) are still there and still make the movie quite enjoyable, it also takes it a bit too far. The jokes are more grotesque (in a bad way), the violence in purposeless and the English charm is replaced with unmagnetic American characters. And it doesn't work.


Adding to this, a storyline that's a bit messy and doesn't quite do the trick and you have an average movie.

Shame because the first one is the bomb!

tastemaker

I went to watch this last night and was not disappointed.

This sequel has everything the first had... Crazy stunts,amazing fight scenes and very witty humour.

So it starts off just how you'd expect... High intensity!! Full of chcrarcters from the first movie!

My only criticism would be that the storyline was slightly too comical.. Not that it took anything away from the movie... I really enjoyed it and could watch it over and over again

Tastemaker

Although not *quite* as fantastic as the first film, this was absolutely memorable, and a film 100% worth seeing.