It has been two and a half years since Kingsman: THE TRICK Service dropped from the sky and blew a crater in the spy-thriller genre. It required retro back with classic British isles style ala the best of the Adam Bond eras, and mixed in some modern ultra-violence (the Hate Cathedral Massacre arena), with a good storyline. It become one of the wonder visits of 2015, and now in 2017 we’re back again with Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Written by the duo who also helped bring us X-Men: HIGH GRADE, Kick Ass, and Stardust – Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, the film proceeds several years following the first installment. Taron Egerton performs Eggsy, who is rolling out into a practiced agent, codenamed Galahad, is working with agent Merlin (performed by Mark Strong) and Sophie Cookson’s Roxy Morton. The top bad of the story this time is the medicine overlord Poppy (performed wonderfully by Julianne Moore). The cast is solid, but after all of the edgy fun of the first film, there’s not a lot of new this time around. Nothing happens that basically shocks us just as that people were before – previous time we’d the church, the task of firing the dogs, this particular test. Now the only thing that approaches the same degree of freshness is the extreme out-there of Poppy having her evil lair built deep in a jungle on top of an ancient temple, and designed to look like anytown USA, circa the middle 1950s, complete with movie theater, burger joint, and neighborhood sellers.
When Poppy unleashes on the Kingsman to keep them from interfering with her ideas, they are rocked back on their heels. With nowhere else to turn, they find out their American counterparts: The Statesman (as the Kingsman agents are all codenamed after the knights of the circular table, the People in america are all known as after various alcoholic refreshments). They’re capable agents, however the Stateman team play the country good ‘ol youngster gag into the ground pretty quickly (their leader is Jeff Bridges, who plays Champ), who spends almost all of his scenes beginning various containers of booze, sniffing it, pouring it, having, and offering up random bits of intelligence.
There’s a traffic monitoring bug planting field that’s relatively uncomfortable – it appears to own been added only for a moment of titillation, rather than much else. It’s relatively close to the underwear scene in Celebrity Trek Into Darkness.
Sure, the film is fun, and has a few stable action items (it’s somewhat unlucky that the primary ones are the very beginning of the film, and another an example may be two hours later for the ultimate confrontation). Among the characters frantically try to possess the depth and element that they had the first time around. But since their specific arcs were played out out in the first film, these times it feels more required than organic.
It’s worth experiencing, and it’s really definitely more worth witnessing than It.