Published on October 5th, 2017 | by Luis Acosta
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is completely outrageous, but ohhh so much fun!
Picking up a year after the events of the original film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle finds our boy Eggsy (Taron Egerton) settled in with the dapper secret spy agency and happily playing house with his Swedish princess. If you don’t remember who this is you have to back to end of the original film, it will all make sense!
Decked out in smooth threads, leaving the office one night, Eggsy is set upon by an old foe. Eggsy escapes but it’s only a short reprieve. Not long after, almost every Kingsman officer is taken out by a formidable new foe, chipper drug baron Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore).
With only himself and Merlin (Mark Strong) to avenge their fallen brethren and take down Poppy, the pair enlists the help of some American allies (Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and a lasoo-wielding Pedro Pascal).
It’s no secret Colin Firth is reprising his role as Harry, ostensibly killed off at the end of the first movie. The bond between Harry and Eggsy was one of the arcs that grounded the 2015 original and there are still flashes of it here, though there is less character development to support the emotional heft of the father/son, mentor/mentee relationship its predecessor carried off so well.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle also marks the reunion of Firth and Moore, last seen together on-screen in Tom Ford’s gorgeous A Single Man, though their screen chemistry here is a tad different. Moore is clearly delighting in the opportunity to play the deranged Poppy.
It also makes brilliant use of John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” — who knew Mark Strong had the chords? Denver’s classic is on somewhat of a resurgence with Kingsman the fifth major movie to feature it prominently this year alone such as Logan, Lucky, Alien: Covenant, Okja (A Netflix Original Film) and Free Fire.
If you look at Kingsman: The Golden Circle with purely a critical eye, there’s a lot to pick apart — primarily its silly plot, its pacing and its overlong runtime. But this really is one of those movies you have to take as is — a riotous, sometimes-vulgar affair with dazzling action sequences. It is imbued with Vaughn’s signature cheek, right down to the “Trumpian” (Oh Oh, mentioned Trump, hope I don’t get a tweet!) US president and Elton John’s cameo. Let me just say Elton John really steals the show! He has one scene where he is flying through the air and the whole scenes pauses just so he can smile! Classic Elton John.
Of course, while its several outrageous set pieces are impressive, none had the visual poetry of the aforementioned head-popping psychedelic-colors in the original ending.