I took a trip to the theater recently and finally got a chance to see Kingsman: The Golden Circle. It was an action-packed joyride that delivered surprises around every corner. The film was shot insanely well, and while some of the action sequences were a bit cheesy, the choreography for them was over the top.
The film introduces the audience to the Statesmen which is an organization just like the Kingsman, and the audience is expected to believe that these two groups have no idea that the other exists. This film does bring out one of my favorite Channing Tatum performances, though, even if he only gets about 15 minutes of screen time. While most of the British actors aren’t really known outside of their countries, adding names like Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, and even Samuel L Jackson brings a major factor for the appeal of this movie.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle follows the Kingsman on a mission to destroy the mysterious drug cartel only known as The Golden Circle. Merlin and Eggsy venture to the United States to seek out their American counterpart, the Statesmen. While on the surface this film seems like your typical action movie that we see time and time again, when you look past the fight scenes the film dives into deeper issues like the current war on drugs, and even how the country is being ran by government, and how big business can profit off of a bad situation in the general population.
One thing I could not stand about this movie was how all Americans shown in this movie were portrayed. They were either shown as modern cowboys being secret agents, rednecks dropping homophobic slurs, or as drug users. With the current state of our world, it isn’t always reassuring to see our citizens portrayed in that light.
While this film features subtle nods to the first film in the franchise, Kingsman: The Secret Service it does not try to replicate the past and give us the exact same film as the first like most modern sequels do. While there is one scene that fans of the first film will notice is nearly a shot for shot replication of the pub fight scene, this quickly goes in another direction as Statesmen agent Whiskey steps in.
Another interesting aspect of this movie comes from the fact Elton John plays a slightly bigger role than I expected, and he provided one of the most entertaining performances I have seen in quite some time. This is probably the only time you will see him fighting anyone while wearing a feather suit.
I give this movie a 4/5 while it has some flaws it is still a great movie and worth watching on the big screen.
By: Cooper Budt