DEFCON 1 Reviews: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’

The Ups, the Downs and the Charm They Couldn't Quite Duplicate

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Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is ready for battle with his briefcase-launcher

Kingsman: The Golden Circle was a good movie. The sequel to 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service started right where its predecessor left off. The movie surrounds the life of Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), a young adult from the streets of London who was recruited in the first film to join a secret service called “Kingsman,” where he fought crime and saved the world from genius supervillain Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson).

In this new chapter of the Kingsman story, Eggsy is faced with a new threat and must team up with the secret service’s American cousins in Kentucky.

The Golden Circle was funny, action packed and had a great villain, but it lived in the shadow of its predecessor. As much as I wanted to enjoy Kingsman: The Golden Circle, it just didn’t have the same punch as The Secret Service.

But let’s start with the good stuff.

Deja Vu

The Golden Circle wasn’t as good as The Secret Service, but it had a strong storyline that was reminiscent of its roots. The action scenes were fast-paced and perfect, displaying the dexterity and beast mode-ry of the Kingsman agents and their adversaries. The slow-motion hand-to-hand combat sequences left audiences with their jaws on the floor and were topped-off flawlessly with a large selection of epic guitar solos.

Oxfords, Not Brogues

You can’t do a Kingsman review without talking about the suits. One of the highlights of The Golden Circle was the sick threads that the agents were decked out in. The cover of the film shows Eggsy in his newest suit: a tuxedo with an orange suede dinner jacket, and ooh, is it clean. Eggsy’s mentor, Harry Hart (Colin Firth), was also dressed in a classy tux. His striped grey suit was a show stopper, almost as powerful as the modified handgun he keeps hidden inside of it. Costume designer Arianne Phillips went all out for The Golden Circle, and it certainly shows in the result.

Sir Rodeo Dance-alot

Though they weren’t my favorite part of the movie, the American agents (called the ‘Statesmen’) were pretty awesome. The Statesman who got the most action was Statesman Whiskey (Pedro Pascal), and his electric-lasso action scenes were a beauty to witness as he juggled the graphic violence and graceful movement symbiotically like a daring dance.

Better Call Sam

Acclaimed actress Julianne Moore played the genius supervillain in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and she did an excellent job. The issue was it was nearly impossible to match up to Samuel L. Jackson’s performance in the first Kingsman film. Despite the fact that she was crazy, smart, scary and charismatic I found myself longing for the same villainous satisfaction but was satisfied. This was really the only issue with this movie aside from some overacting on the Statesmen actors’ parts. Unfortunately, the villain makes the movie, and this unsatisfactorily written villain deducted severely from this film’s overall quality.

The Wrap-Up

All in all, Kingsman: The Golden Circle was solid. It contained all of the components of a good movie and was certainly worth watching again, but it didn’t live up to the expectations set by its predecessor, and it certainly didn’t receive the same ratings. The Kingsman series, however, is far from dead, and the Rotten Tomatoes rating of 51 percent was far from accurate. I would recommend this film to every action fan, especially if they watch casually.

Good