2014’s Kingsman:The Secret Service, was one of my favorite movies of that year, and a blast of fun to boot. After I heard there was going to be a sequel I could only hope that this movie was half as great as the first one, but can it live up to the blast of fun that was the first movie?
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is set some time after the first movie, and it continues the story of Eggsy (Taron Egerton) , who’s gone from ruffian to world class gentleman spy. A new threat arises from drug lord Poppy (Julianne Moore) who has a plan to get the world to legalize drugs, so she can be recognized as the successful businesswoman she is, and also to destroy the Kingsman organization.
What she doesn’t factor in is that Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) survive and discover the Kingman’s American counterparts The Statesmen, who are led by Jeff Bridges and have secret agents such as Agent Tequila (Channing Tatum), and Ginger Ale (Halle Berry) And now secret agents from both sides of the water have to team up to save the world once more.
I absolutely loved this movie, what I loved most about the movie was the world building. It continues off of these characters stories from the first movie in such a great way, relationships established in the first movie are developed further, such as Eggsy and his now girlfriend Princess Tilde (Hanna Alstrom) and other details from the first movie such as characters once thought dead are brought back convincingly, that go back to the first movie in a way that doesn’t feel forced or hokey.
The action sequences are even bigger this time out, from an opening action scene set to “Let’s Get Crazy” by Prince to fight scenes involving Elton John and the coolest robot dogs this side of K-9 it’s a blast and a half.
Julianne Moore’s villain never feels as strong a villain as Samuel L Jackson’s first villain was, but I did enjoy her quirkyness and she turns in a strong performance as the film’s antagonist.
The movie is 144 minutes long, and at times it does drag a bit, but when the fun is turned up the movie is the roller coaster ride of the fall.
All in all, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a sequel that’s worth seeing and one that I hope gets another sequel .
Final Grade- Kingsman: The Golden Circle : C+