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Film Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Film Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Fans of the original may feel the sense of humor of the second film is too exaggerated and looses the appeal of the first film.


“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is a fun yet predictable action adventure with some impressive set pieces and a few laughs along the way.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is the sequel to “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and continues the narrative months after where the first film left off. The plot of the film follows Eggsy (Taron Egerton) as a now fully fledged Kingsman as he encounters his American equivalents, the Statesmen. Throughout the film the Kingsmen and the Statesmen have to work together in order to combat the Golden Circle despite their cultural differences.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle” does not live up to the standard of the first film in a number of aspects and doesn’t quite hit the mark. In terms of humor, the film had some elements in line with the last film but branched out into new comedic territory. Fans of the original may feel the sense of humor of the second film is too exaggerated and looses the appeal of the first film. The film became more outlandish as it progressed and proved that a bigger budget does not always make a better film. The whole film felt too over the top and as though it was trying too hard, going overboard with its parody style.

The action sequences were definitely the highlight and most successful aspect of the entire film. Gory and creative, the action was as good as, if not better than the first film. The antagonist of the film is the character Poppy (Julianne Moore) who was both charismatic and disturbing. Her quirkiness stood out and made for a better villainous character than Samuel L. Jackson’s Valentine.

The pacing of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” feels uneven and slightly strange, with long periods of slow dramatic moments mixed in with a sudden change of pace to action packed sequences, which can be jarring. There are a lot of jumps between location in the film, which was somewhat disorientating and feels unnecessary. In the first “Kingsman” film there was more of a mystery aspect as they attempted to figure out the case, but the sequel felt more predictable and twists within the plot felt obvious before they happened.

The first “Kingsman” would have worked well as a standalone film and this film suffers in the same way that director, Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick Ass” sequel suffered in 2013. At the end of the film the story was complete and all of the narrative arcs had reached a satisfying conclusion, leaving no way for the characters to develop in the sequel.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is a good watch, if you are looking for a light and fun film, as long as you don’t take it too seriously.

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New Mexico film expert Christa Valdez, of OneHeadlightInk.com and ChristaValdez.com, reports on movie industry news for ABQ Free Press.

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