Kingsman: The Golden Circle - A worthy sequel

Ruben Ruiz
September 23, 2017

Of course none of these people behind the scenes mean anything to the average filmgoer, but trust me when I tell you that you are in for a real treat with this edition of the Kingsman as "The Golden Circle" as good looking a production that you will ever see.

Speaking to guests from the Colombo film and arts scene at the reception, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, commented that the film reflects the breadth of talent in Britain's creative industries. Funny, irreverent and wholly memorable, it stands apart as one of the most entertaining films of the last few years. Or more accurately that he gets found by Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) after Poppy wages a major assault on Kingsman. However, a close second was Kingsman, director Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of the graphic novel The Secret Service.

Returning director Matthew Vaughan (Kick-Ass) kicks things off with a bruising brawl in a London cab, followed by the destruction of the Savile Row headquarters, after which the newly minted alpha agent (Taron Egerton) and his tech guru (Mark Strong) must jet off to the US.

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" was a surprise hit in 2014 and now a sequel, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle", arrives to see if it can repeat that success.

Amusing thing. I was thinking just the other day I was overdue to hear Elton John's Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting on a movie soundtrack again.

For starters: fight sequences that are stylish, but too repetitive and too long.

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Now an established agent of the independent Kingsman service, Eggsy takes on Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), a psychopathic global drug trafficker intent on blackmailing the USA government into legalizing all narcotics. What with power players like Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, and Michael Gambon joining in on the fun, there's sure to be some healthy competition for that superlative.

But does "The Golden Circle" really measure up?

"Kingsman: The Golden Circle" premiered in the United Kingdom on September 20.

Credit Vaughn and writing partner Jane Goldman for thinking so expansively in plotting a sequel, and not merely reprising Firth's pub smackdown and other first-installment highlights.

While a nice storyline to go on since the first film touches on Eggsy's lack of a father figure, it all feels rather surface level in this film, a fact that could've easily been fixed with heavier dialogue.

What saves this though is the masterful use of Elton John, a diamond in this patch of rough that is sure to bring joy to the hearts of audiences everywhere. "This is the bridge, if we can pull it off and get to make another one".

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