Kingsman: The Golden Circle2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Critic Consensus: Kingsman: The Golden Circle offers more of everything that made its predecessor so much fun, but lacks the original's wild creative spark.
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Critic Reviews for Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Kingsman: The Golden Circle doubles down on the crass humour that the first thought was subversive, all the while indulging in the worst traits of Bond films and predecessor The Secret Service alike - only this time, it's boring.
It's another goofily imaginative movie for teenagers made by middle-aged comic book fans. What's lacking this time is the sparky relationship between Firth's avuncular gent and Egerton's scrappy yoof.
The only redemption is seeing Elton John as Poppy's piano-bashing, singing, F-word-dropping hostage, but even he becomes tiresome before too long. If there's a Kingsman 3, I'll defect to Statesmen. At least they have whisky.
Much, much more of the same - two hours and 20 bombastic minutes of it, longer than almost every Bond except the most recent batch and just as devoid of laughs, though not for want of trying.
Audience Reviews for Kingsman: The Golden Circle
While the sequel to the surprise hit offers the same amount of crazy fights and huge action sequences, the result doesn't feel as fresh and original. The humor doesn't quite work as well, either. No one really waited for An Orchestral version of "Country roads" or Elton Johns mighty random Cameo either. Everything is just a little bit over the top, and not the good way like in Part 1. That's fairly entertaining and sometimes fun but also pretty damn stupid, sadly.
In the olden days of spy movies, after thrilling through one audacious bit of stuntwork, one had to wait two whole years or more for the next new spy movie to be released to see how the movies would try to outdo the last stunt. No more. In this outing Matthew Vaughan goes surgical and all with the "you only have to wait a few minutes" school of thinking. And so there is one set piece, after another, after another, each bigger and more audacious than the last. Gone as well is the "let's do a story" idea. In its place is the "let's just throw everything at the screen to see what sticks". Which is to say, in an over-the-top appeal to American audiences, or maybe an American job, nobody gives a good damn what's going on here.
Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Golden Circle unleashes the blue rash. Running long at 20 minutes past 2 hours, Kingsman: The Golden Circle tells an amusing tale, but fills itself with a bit more nonsense than needed. With that said, the story houses enough entertainment value. The violence is brutal, although the blood is held in check. There is enough action to go around, backed with stylized choreography and camerawork. Taron Egerton puts his foot through the door and takes the lead, something he couldn't do in the previous picture. Mark Strong and Julianne Moore take up a bunch of minutes with plenty of familiar faces showing up. Kingsman: The Golden Circle has the action, the adventure, and the comedy; everything a film of this caliber needs.
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