The 2014 Matthew Vaughn action spy comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service was a film that I would call as an outrageous entertainer which tweaked the existing spy thriller set up by adding a lot of original stuff. Even after being somewhat silly on paper we all enjoyed it and I remember people putting up memes when Jio was introduced in India, asking remember what happened in Kingsman? When it comes to its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, there isn’t anything novel here to make us feel wow about the creative addition. But more than that I think the length of this movie is a major problem.
So after everything that happened in the last film, Eggsy is now in a more commanding position and he is dating the princess. One day when he was out, all the KIngsman agents got killed in a planned missile attack by a drug cartel tycoon named Poppy Adams. So in order to investigate about Poppy, Eggsy and Merlin need the help of someone as they didn’t have any resources. They finally found out the fact that they have a counterpart in America named Statesman. So Kingsman: The Golden Circle is showing us this mission of Eggsy.
The structure of the script here is basically the replica of the first one. Instead of a technology tycoon we have a drug cartel tycoon and both the villains have this comical eccentric tone. Instead of the sim cards we have drugs that are causing problems to people. Eggsy is once again saving the world after all the exquisite action sequences. Matthew Vaughn starts of the movie very impressively with quality chase sequences and numerous rough humors. There are enough moments in this film that are hilarious and visually stunning. But after a point the film stretches itself too much in order to give the elaborate cast a fair share of screen time and character identity. Vaughn was definitely struggling there to keep us engrossed to the content.
Taron Egerton as Eggsy is fine here and this time he has got some emotional parts to do. Collin Firth as Harry Hart this time has this dual tone and the veteran handled it carefully. Julianne Moore plays the role of Poppy neatly. Mark Strong reprises the role of Merlin and I am not sure whether he would be there in the sequel. Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges practically have very little to do here and I am guessing the sequel will have more prominence to these actors. Pedro Pascal as the Cowboy Statesman secret agent leaves a positive impression.
In terms of making style Matthew Vaughn sticks to the unique style he created in the first part. But it is basically the uninspiring writing that is causing issues here. Beyond the agent gadget coolness and the repartee, you need an engaging content to keep the audience happy. For someone who hasn’t seen the first part, Kingsman: The Golden Circle would look like a convincing entertainer looking at the charismatic action this film has. But the unnecessarily convoluted script in the later half is a big minus here. By the way I liked the dig they took at Trump. The action and the visual effects are topnotch.
Because of its signature action sequences and witty one liners, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is not an utterly boring cinema. But the lack of originality and too much lingering on irrelevant areas makes it a partially tedious action flick.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is not an utterly boring cinema. But the lack of originality and too much lingering on irrelevant areas makes it a partially tedious action flick.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended