Reviews: “Just Fun” – Kingsman, the Golden Circle

Published On September 20, 2017 | By Garth Cremona | Comics, Film TV & Theatre, Reviews

Kingsman: the Golden Circle,

Directed by Matthew Vaughn,

Starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Hanna Alström, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum

It’s been a year since the events of the first film, and there is a new villain that wants the Kingsman group out of the way, so she can unleash her new drugs on the world. When the HQ is destroyed and most of the Kingsman agents are killed it’s down to Eggsy and Merlin to travel to America to meet their American Cousins and stop the villain. But who can they trust?

If I’m going to be honest with you, and you caught me on a honest day, the first Kingsman film left me a little cold. It wasn’t that I knew the books, The Secret Service, sowell that I was stuck as a fan boy watching the film, annoyed at changes. I just think that the first half of the film felt jaded and that the whole thing was somewhat predictable. So when I heard that they were making a seque, you’ll understandl I didn’t get overly excited.  I knew that Matthew Vaughn was attached again, so I knew that I’d certainly get something worth watching, but my hopes were a fixed point in the room. I don’t know if it was that part of me that kept his anticipation in check that had me sitting there wanting to watch this film over and over again, but as it turned out The Golden Circle is just fun and pure escapism. I loved it… truly loved it. I’m sure that it’s going to be kept in my local cinema just by me returning to see it, it may have to get an injunction, I could be a stalker.

The film, though, isn’t perfect – it suffers slightly with some repetition, and if I’m truthful here I will say that there should have probably been around a further thirty minutes or so cut from the running time. At two hours and fifteen minutes it just felt a tad long, at least for this kind of film. That’s about it, though. That is all the negative rolled up in a short paragraph.

The returning cast are joined by Michael Gambon, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Jeff Bridges, and Bruce Greenwood. That is one amazing cast and they all come across as though  they had a lot of fun while filming this. It might not be the case, but they certainly give the audience the feeling that they know the tongue is firmly in the cheek, and that’s where it should stay. The story is funny and the fight scenes, which we have from the start of the film, are so frenetic, and yet have that comedic element that make them fresh. The thought that goes into the fights show that the film makers know that action movies can be very much cut from the same cloth, and they want to bring something new, and I think they manage to bring it off here.

This film, for me, surpasses the original film within the first few minutes. The performances and the production are top notch stuff and while some movie goers may turn their noses up at another comic book adaptation, this is not typical. This is Matthew Vaughn showing why each comic property that comes out as a movie should be treated as a cut to order tailored suit. The villain is a breath of air that, while not exactly fresh, is a nice change. There are a few twists and turns along the way, a cameo from a well known songsmith, and action scenes that do that strange thing to the viewer. You know what I mean, action scenes, matched with a perfect song, that just make you want to go out and fight baddies.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has a simple equation. It’s James Bond multiplied by insanity, plus a comedic factor that strikes you out of the blue. I cannot wait to go back to the cinema to watch this.

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Garth Cremona
Garth Cremona is an Irish writer, as well as reviewer of films, comics and books

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