Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Based on: Mark Millar’s and Dave Gibbons’ comic
Sequel to: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Cast: Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Hanna Alström, Julianne Moore, Colin Firth, Michael Gambon, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Elton John, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal, Bruce Greenwood
Seen on: 20.9.2017
Eggsy (Taron Egerton) has very much settled into being a Kingsman agent, and into dating Swedish Princess Tilde (Hanna Alström). But just when everything seems to calm down, a devastating attack that strikes at the very heart of the Kingsman HQ leaves Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) the only survivors of the agency. When they follow emergency procedure, they discover that there is another agency in the USA: Statesman. They fly there to look for help in tracking down their attacker.
I very much enjoyed the first Kingsman film and was very much looking forward to this sequel, but unfortunately I was disappointed with it, despite some pretty good ideas.
Kingsman is filled with a great cast and many a cameo, but in this case, this didn’t work in the film’s favor as they built too much on that fact. That meant that the plot was constantly interrupted by yet another famous person showing their face for a few minutes.
But that’s not the only thing the film struggles with. Unusually for a Vaughn movie, the action scenes were badly set in scene and felt unfocused and confused – a far cry from the first Kingsman film that really rocked them. When your best action scene features Elton John, that’s both awesome and worrying.
And the film really has a sexism problem. I mean, the first one wasn’t exactly great in that department either, but it feels dialled up here. Despite the fact that they were being clever when they had the “butt sex” girl from the last film turn into Eggsy’s girlfriend. But killing off Roxy (Sophie Cookson) within the first few minutes of the film was definitely a bad move.
Despite a few good ideas, a glorious Julianne Moore and some fun settings, the film was not only too long, but also a disappointment in almost every regard.
Summarizing: What a waste.