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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Review by CJ

Director:
Matthew Vaughn

Starring:
Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Colin Firth, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal

Other notable appearances:
Edward Holcroft, Hanna Alström, Keith Allen, Michael Gambon, Bruce Greenwood, Channing Tatum, Elton John, Jeff Bridges

Running time:
141 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Nice Guys, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

 

When the world’s largest drug supplier (Moore) holds the world’s recreational drug users hostage in a bid to legalise all drugs, she first removes her largest obstacle — Kingsman. Remaining agents Galahad (Egerton) and Merlin (Strong) team up with their American counterparts and an old friend, but will it be enough to save the people of the world?

I went into Kingsman: The Golden Circle with high expectations that had been set by its predecessor. I was not disappointed.

The story is a little bit ridiculous in the way that only the best spy/action flicks can pull off and still suspend viewer disbelief. There are lots of call backs to the first Kingsman film and I definitely recommend watching it before heading to see The Golden Circle.

Egerton leads an all-star cast with the poise and talent one would expect from a much more seasoned actor. Moore is both disturbing and delightful as the psychotic drug supplier Poppy Adams. Firth explores and executes a wide range of emotions in his reprisal of Harry Hart, the Kingsman agent thought dead in Kingsman: The Secret Service. There are so many other great actors in this film and everyone does a fantastic job.

The action sequences are plentiful without being overbearing and wonderfully choreographed.

With a run time of nearly two and a half hours, Kingsman: The Golden Circle ran the risk of feeling bloated and too long, but it remained consistently entertaining.

If you enjoy action films with a splash of heart and a good dose of comedy, then Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a must see. Fans of the original film will find everything they loved about the original and much, much more.

Rating:

“Kingsman is crumpets! Like toast, but British.”

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