THE world of Kingsman: The Secret Service won over a legion of fans when it took the box office by storm in 2015. Kingsman is an ensemble and Eggsy works best with a partner like Harry. In other words, The Golden Circle what we should've expected from a Kingsman sequel-worse than the original, but still more fun than it has any right to be.
It's certainly refreshing to see a director acknowledge the tepid response that's met nearly every FF film to date, especially since Marvel's first family have had it so spectacularly bad over the years.
In a plot as sloppy and extended as over-washed elastic, the singer's cameo as the feathered-and-sequined pet of a drug-dealing villain named Poppy (Julianne Moore) is a ludicrous highlight. She literally grinds up people who annoy her.
How does it compare to the first one?
Kingsman: The Golden Circle arrives with more movie stars, action, and running time than its predecessor, but with decidedly less critical success. Moore's having the time of her life, and so's everyone else. If the first Kingsman left you going "Wow!" this one leaves you saying "Hmm...cool".
"I have a great idea for "Kingsman 3"," teases Vaughn in the film's press notes.
"I think I always believed there must be a way I come back", he says. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave - AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few courageous and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks. But Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman give it a try by blowing up the Kingsman HQ.
Every scene of the movie takes the characters seriously whereas the story wings for the fences. The first film also settled with the same rating, but with over 200 reviews. After dealing with the issue Eggsy heads off to celebrate with his girlfriend Tilde (the princess he saved in the previous outing) and his friends. Sure, she may have died, but so did Colin Firth's character, and they found a way to bring him back for The Golden Circle. In order to make it even more challenging, they need to earn the trust of their new allies, and again that's a two-way street. After all, that film did for spies what Kick-Ass did for comic-book superheroes, and raked in more than $400m worldwide. In terms of stylish action, the film immediately hooks us in with its opening vehicle pursuit in which Eggsy (Taron Egerton) has a run-in with his old rival Charlie (Edward Holcroft), who's got a fancy mechanical arm this time around. And even though The Golden Circle's excess reaches gluttonous levels, there's plenty to be enthralled by, including the Prince-soundtracked taxi chase that opens the movie and an uncountable number of fight scenes involving Eggsy, Harry, and Merlin.