Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review
Usually sequels are worse than the original. A lot of times adding tons of star power kills a film. Thankfully, that's not the case with Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The film's star power just adds to the hilarity because oftentimes that's the whole point of the joke.
The film follows Eggsy as he is called on to save the world once again, this time from The Golden Circle, an organization that has poisoned the world's recreational drugs and boasts to have the only antidote. Their endgame you ask? Why, to have all drugs legalized! They want to own both the drug trade and the cure. They'd make trillions by controlling both. Tragedy also strikes, forcing Eggsy to travel to Kentucky and request the help of Kingsman's American cousin Statesman.
What makes this film fantastic isn't the fact that the gentlemanly Kingman agents have to work with Southern brawlers. It isn't even the amazing presidential parody that Bruce Greenwood embodies. No, what makes the film fantastic is Elton John's incredible role as...himself! Elton had me laughing out loud every time he was on screen!
Director Matthew Vaughn returned to direct the sequel which worked in the film's favor. It's almost always better to have the original director return for the sequel in order to keep what made the first so great.
The same writers from the first also returned to pen the screenplay for this one and I have to applaud them for their work. They were able to keep the jokes fresh and any references to the first were oftentimes parodies of themselves. That's what I think makes Kingsman so great - in its quest to poke fun of the spy genre, it also pokes fun at itself. It has a great plot but never takes itself too seriously either. It's such a fantastic mix that very few films are able to accomplish like Kingsman.
In conclusion, I give this film high marks all around except for one area and that's Channing Tatum. It seemed to me like his only purpose was to show up and look pretty. Considering how good of an actor he's become, it just seemed like a waste of time and talent to even have him in the film at all. But really that is my only complaint and so I give this film a 3.5 out of 4.
© 2017 Alec Zander