he members of Kingsman are back and this time they’re up sh*t’s creek without a paddle. The sequel to The Kingsman is finally in cinemas and, due to impact the first film had on cinemagoers, expectations were immensely high. I liked, no LOVED the first film. It had that British comedy charm that Matthew Vaughn’s films thrive on. Like Kick-Ass 2 my expectations were very high, due to being very heavily satisfied and impressed with its predecessor. Unfortunately, I was left slightly disappointed with the sequel to Kick-Ass. Though I am happy to say that Kingsman: The Golden Circle did not disappoint.
Over the next few paragraphs I will be delving into SPOILER central. If you haven’t seen the film yet I suggest that you avoid this blog, however if you continue to read I cannot be held responsible for the spoilers you’re about to be delving into. Have a nice day y’all!
The film felt very fresh and new and more like a spy film than the previous film. Julianne Moore as the sinister, psychotic Poppy was a breath of fresh air when it comes to a megalomaniac who wants world domination through the illegal drugs trade. Its also emphasized within the film’s introduction that she isn't to be trifled with and one you’d want to obey at all times; just ask poor Charles (Keith Allen).
What made the film for me was Elton John’s cameo as the poor hostage of Poppy. His aggressive outbursts and musical numbers is what made the big showdown all the funnier. For me the biggest villain of the film was the President of the United States (Bruce Greenwood) due to his hatred towards drug users. His lack of empathy for his voters and the people he has sworn to protect and serve as leader had me labeling him as a “b*****d.” Is he set to be the next villain for Kingsman 3?
The film also saw the return of Charlie (Edward Holcroft) as Eggsy/Galahad’s (Taron Egerton) arch-nemesis from the previous film but this time he’s more of a bionic henchman than a Kingsman wannabe. His hatred and thirst for revenge against Eggsy is what made the fight between the two more personal for the characters, and it's obvious that the cast and crew had a blast (as it were) making this production. There were some great, funny moments and I found the film to be enjoyable. It wasn’t like the previous film nor was it better.
It is fair to say that the body count in this film was higher than its predecessor. The film was more violent and packed a punch with its use of action and gadgetry used by both of the Secret Services. I happen to like how both films poke fun at the stereotypes that are connected with Britain and America and I think that’s what has made these two films successful. It's also great to see artists that Vaughn likes working with make an appearance in his films. It is obvious that the actors and Director got along well during the production of this film.
For me, the title of this film is a play on words and it is personal for the central character. At the start we’re told that The Golden Circle is the organization that Poppy is the leader of, however, it is not until the end of the film that the title begins to represent the wedding rings used during the marriage ceremony of Eggsy and the beautiful Princess Tilde (Hana Alström). I like it when films cleverly play on words!
I happen to think that Poppy's two robotic dogs may have been a nod to the videogame series Wolfenstein. I thought the use of the two characters throughout the film made the film integrate into the modern day gadgetry and culture. This is something that could be useful for a target audience. Altogether I'm giving Kingsman: The Golden Circle a 9/10 for an overall enjoyable cinematic experience. Roll on the next one!