“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”: A Funnier, Entertaining, but Inferior Sequel

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“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is directed by Matthew Vaughn and stars Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, and Julianne Moore.  The film is about the Kingsman losing their headquarters, as well as many of their core members, and this leads Eggsy and Merlin on a trip to America to meet a very similar group to theirs.

I enjoyed 2015’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” quite a bit, as Matthew Vaughn created an incredibly fun action film that has a ton of style and a load of characters that I fell in love with.  So, I was very excited coming into this movie, as Vaughn was back for round two, and it seemed like this sequel was going to follow the same style and energy as the first.

The Good

Once again, the cast in this film does a great job, starting with Taron Egerton in the lead role.  Egerton was made for this role, and I absolutely love him as Eggsy, as he is able to bring a certain charm and charisma that makes him very easy to root for.  Colin Firth and Mark Strong are both great in their returning roles, but it was a few of the newcomers that stood out the most.  I loved Channing Tatum’s turn as Tequila, as he was very funny from start to finish, as is Pedro Pascal, who quickly became my favorite character in the film.  Pascal gives a great performance, but it is his awesome weaponry that really stole my heart, as he has the coolest action moments of the entire film.

While maybe not as amazing as the original, the action sequences in this film are still brutal, vibrant, and constantly entertaining.  George Richmond handles the cinematography here, and I think he does a terrific job at maintaining the focus on the action, as the camera never shies away from getting exactly what we want to see involving the action.

Where I think “The Golden Circle” improves on the original is with its identity and with its comedy.  The original film, back in 2015, occasionally struggled with figuring out if it was a spoof or a more serious action flick, and it was only by the conclusion did it ever truly know where it wanted to fully go.  With the sequel, the action and the comedy are all very over the top, and for the most part, I think this move works well, as it made for a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, as well as some very clever and original choices for action set pieces.

The Bad

While I appreciate that Matthew Vaughn went all out with “The Golden Circle,” and that this film is unabashedly silly, there are times that it feels too far over the top.  This has a lot to do with the villain, though I don’t mind the performance by Julianne Moore, so much as I am not a huge fan of her character or the world that she builds.

There is a cameo that I won’t spoil here because when I saw this person, I immediately loved it, but this person was severely overused by the time the film was over.  They were a good novelty at first and had a few funny moments, but there was just too much of this cameo, and it became a real nuisance to the plot as the film went on.

Conclusion

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” isn’t quite as strong as its predecessor, but it still has a lot of great performances, a strong sense of comedy, and quite a few highlight moments.  I still prefer Samuel L. Jackson over Moore, and sometimes Vaughn makes this movie to silly for its own good, but I still had quite a bit of fun with “The Golden Circle,” and would recommend it to fans of the first film.

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