Updated: Dec 20, 2017
WARNING: may contain spoilers.
Sorry not sorry.
The other day I went to see the new Kingsman: The Golden Circle film.
Here's the run down of what the film is about:
Evil Mastermind Poppy is the world’s largest drug dealer, and lives on a mountain in the rainforest in Columbia. Think Pablo Escobar, except more… psychotic.
Poppy’s drugs are on ever corner of the planet, and in them is a slow releasing poison that kills its users.
And it’s the Kingman’s jobs to save the day and stop millions of people across the globe from dying.
The old team are back - Eggsy, Harry, and Merlin. With some new additions from across the pond.
Now that we've got that done and out of the way, let's get on with the opinion.
My overall opinion:
It was alright.
Nowadays, you'll be hard stretched to find me saying that I enjoyed something. What can I say, I'm hard to please.
But this film was alright. It wasn't as good as the first one. It was a bit far-fetched in some places (for example, there’s a technological gel that protected Harry from dying) and there also some comical moments.
Kingsman started with a dizzying opening car chase featuring a returning trainee from the first Kingsman and Eggsy himself. As ever, the fighting scene - and throughout - were spectacular. That was one of the things I loved about the first Kingsman film: the way the fight scenes were shot, and how immersive they were. Not to mention the blood-pumping rock music alongside it.
One thing that the film focused heavily on, was Eggsy’s relationship with the Swedish Princess he rescued in the first movie. I suppose they needed there to be some sort of character development arc somewhere along the line. Nevertheless, the film sees Eggsy fuelled by his desire to save his girlfriend from imminent death.
However, one thing I found disappointing, was the all-star cast; it made me think they were simply hired to increase the rating and increase the viewers. Kingsman: The Golden Circle saw Hollywood A-Listers Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, and for some unknown reason, Elton John (who, by the way, features heavily). Additionally, Channing Tatum is only in it for about ten minutes and then is cryogenically frozen to preserve his life, whereas I would have liked to have seen more of him (there's a good fight scene with him in it).
Kingsman: The Golden Circle does, in no way, shape, or form, take itself seriously as a spy movie. It's like James Bond on cocaine.
So, if you're looking for some decent action scenes and a bizarre plot with a sprinkle of outlandish scenarios, then Kingsman: The Golden Circle is for you. Or you could try the first one - Kingsman: The Secret Service - here.