Kingsman: The Golden Circle
If you enjoyed 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, you will very much enjoy The Golden Circle. The sequel continues Eggsy’s (Taron Egerton) story as he is now a full-fledged Kingsman operative. Coming right out of the gate with an impressive, energetic and fun car chase set to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” It’s a fantastic set piece to start the film and introduce the film’s new threat. Director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn returns for the sequel (the first he’s directed thus far) and his crafting of action sequences has really been taken to a new level, with many feeling like they were all done in one shot.
The cast here is all uniformly great, with newcomers Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Pedro Pascal, and Halle Berry being welcome additions. While Berry and Bridges aren’t given much to do, it seems like we will be seeing more from them in the future. Moore, on the other hand, is fantastic. While she isn’t quite the scene-stealing, diabolical villain that Samuel L. Jackson was in the original, she really puts a different spin on things. Mark Strong and Egerton may be the real MVPs here. Egerton continues to be one of the great new talents – able to switch from comedian, action hero, and pulling at your heart strings with incredible ease. Mark Strong’s Merlin is given a bit more to do this time around and the veteran actor nails it. Also watch for an incredible (if slightly overused) Elton John and a hilarious Bruce Greenwood in the film as well.
While it isn’t quite up to the bar set by the original (hard to top the Church set piece), it is a blast from start to finish. I love the “evil plan” that Moore’s villain has in place, but it’s a mistake to keep her separated from the rest of the cast until the third act. This is a great series and is currently filling that void previously filled by the Roger Moore/Pierce Brosnan Bond flicks. The Kingsman films are great fun, here’s hoping for a third!
Rating: R for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material
Runtime: 2 hours, 21 minutes