'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' film review
The Kingsman have returned. I loved 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' when it was released in 2015, as it surprised me immensely with its excellent use of dark humour and some impressive acting and action sequences. Its new sequel, 'The Golden Circle', continues these trends and includes new welcome additions to the franchise. Set a year after the last film, an attack on the Kingsman forces Taron Egerton's Eggsy to team up with Kingsman's American counterpart, the Statesman, to face a new threat from drug lord Poppy Adams.
Julianne Moore really embraces her role as Poppy and delivers a new wickedly sadistic villain. The other additions to the cast are great, but aside from Pedro Pascal, who solidifies his reputation for being a suave savant in his role as Agent Whiskey, the rest of the new cast feel criminally underused; you would think when you've added the likes of Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum, you'd utilise their acting more, but they fade into the background and Halle Berry's Ginger Ale is mainly used for spouting exposition.
However, Egerton, Mark Strong and Colin Firth (whose character Harry was shot in the head in this film's predecessor) all deliver the kind of stellar performances that made the first film so good. The action in 'Kingsman' is also a cut above what can be expected for spy films. There is a notable use of the shaky-cam style fight scenes that were used in 'The Secret Service''s infamous church sequence. The action and dark wit of this film is what it's good at, and it knows it. Despite the nearly two and a half hour run time, it is entertaining throughout.
This film has its flaws but is still fun and was a fitting follow up to 'The Secret Service'. Also watch out for Elton John in this film. He was hilarious on so many levels and provided an excellent cameo as himself.
Film rating: 3.5/5
Rewatchability scale rating: 3/5 (Waiting for the DVD)