“Manners Maketh Man… do you know what that means?”
It means the day has finally come where we’ve got a KINGSMAN SEQUEL, FOLKS.
Kingsman: The Secret Service was a film that surprised everyone back in 2014. With an unknown leading actor in Taron Egerton and a magnificent supporting cast, Matthew Vaughn shocked the world with a new and flashy spy movie.
So, did the sequel live up to the hype of its predecessor?
I can honestly say that Kingsman: The Secret Service is the better of the two, but I didn’t hate The Golden Circle.
Again, boasting a very strong supporting cast and a magnificent lead once again in Taron, The Golden Circle takes the audience back into the lives of The Kingsman. As their headquarters are destroyed and the world is taken hostage by the leading lady of a drug cartel named Poppy (played by the lovely Julianne Moore) they set out to discover their allied spy organization in the United States called The Statesman. Which, by the way, is one of the funniest groups of people in this film. They then have to work together to take down Poppy and her big group of baddies in one LONG whirlwind mission. Very long…2 and a half hours long to be exact.
This movie has very strong points and very weak points. The acting and writing was, once again, very fun and wonderful to watch. Vaughn does a great job of adding a lot of humor into the occasionally dry spy genre. The film carries a strong visual style and the same cartoonish violence of the first, but occasionally the heavy CGI can take the audience out of the film for a bit. It’s very much style over substance, especially in regards to story, and lacks the creative edge the first film carried. This doesn’t mean I didn’t have an absolute blast and a half watching it, because I definitely did. The film’s story just lacked a punch throughout the film and it felt like a waste of Julianne Moore as a villain. With Poppy’s oddness taking center stage to all of her evil agendas instead of a clever wit, she seems a bit lackluster. Occasionally the story drives away from her and tries to solve separate plotlines left from the first movie. It goes off track in the middle and slowly makes its way back at the end, making the movie feel far lengthier then it actually is.
This isn’t a film many people should go into thinking it’ll be a James-Bond-level spy flick. Go into it as Matthew-Vaughn’s-sequel and I guarantee you’ll love it. It’s a wild cluster of fun visuals and humor that isn’t meant to be taken seriously whatsoever.