Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
R | 2h 21min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 22 September 2017 (USA)
Synopsis: When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.
Review: I was late to the table for the original KINGSMAN movie only getting on board after rave reviews from my Taron Egerton loving teenager. It was enjoyable enough that the release of the new KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE was a must see. No doubt that this one will be well received by fans and even those who just want a quirky, far fetched, action comedy.
Far fetched is not a negative slam and would probably be embraced by the creators. The concept of this secret Government agency with weapons that rival pretty much any thing Bond has own makes for a fun ride. With fight sequences and car chases that need to be seen to believe – and even then you won’t – this is a genuine big screen release to bring summer to a close.
With their British headquarters under attack Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) must join forces with a stereotypical American agency to seek out and destroy a maniacal drug runner (Julianne Moore). With the entire world’s population at stake time is ticking and bullets are flying.
Much of the humor comes at the sake of the Americans. They wear Cowboy hats, talk with heavy southern accents, and have code names like Whisky (Pedro Pascal), Tequila (Channing Tatum), and Champagne (Jeff Bridges). But that doesn’t mean they aren’t up for the task and willing to aid the Kingsman however needed. Also, you will love Elton John more than you ever have after seeing this film . And that is all I will say about that.
This sequel raises the bar on action, blood spray, and oddball characters. It earns its R rating (sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material) with pride. Don’t let the run time (2h 21min) scare you off. This film moves with considerable speed and never feels long. I give it 4 out of 5 backstage passes. A perfect follow up and lots of fun during a slow time at the box office.