Pre-warning! There will be spoilers from the first ‘Kingman’ movie in this review.
This is second ‘Kingsman’ film and it has been widely advertised and been one of the films to watch this year. So of course after watching the first one two years ago, this one was on the list to watch next. Personally, I thought this one was actually better than the first film, it felt less of a piss-take and a little more serious, but of course there are still unrelatable and unbelievable things that happen, but isn’t that one of the important elements of this type of film?
Ok so, the trailer… I was a little irritated that they showed certain things, for example, the life of Harry aka Colin Firth’s character, who had a shocking death in the first movie by being shot in the face. Although, I do have to admit, it is the only thing that could have been delivered better during the film and kept secret through the trailer since his death was such a shock to begin with anyway. However, watching the first film two years ago I refused to accept he died, so it was nice to be correct about that! They couldn’t kill off Colin Firth!!
The second ‘Kingman’ film and there’s a whole new plot (obviously) and new characters to love. And some great recognisable actors at that too! The main character is happily the same, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and he is as brilliant as ever. This time in a dedicated relationship but the world is depending on him saving it. This time, the Kingsman are targeted, blowing up pretty much everyone. Heading to America, Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) meet their Secret Service cousins at the Statesman. This is where we meet a whole new cast, one that includes Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal. Where the Kingsman is set in a tailor shop, the Statesman is disguised as an alcohol distillery, so the names of all the agents are alcohol related, such as Tequila, Ginger Ale, Champagne and Whiskey. The new enemy of the film is played by Julianne Moore as Poppy the drug queen, who lives in a jungle in hiding. A psychopath whose ways in gaining trust from employees are a bit extreme to say the least, but that adds to the type of movie once again. Oh and I cannot forget to mention that the one and only Elton John is in this movie, yes they actually got Elton John! Ok, so he’s not the best actor, but he adds to the silliness of the film and makes it stupidly funny that’s similar to the style of the first film. For example, Elton John does look at the camera, which just highlights that this isn’t supposed to be a serious film, as it’s breaking one of the most important rules of film making.
The film is full of comical gimmicks, great lines and moments to make you laugh. But there’s also slow-motion action, the unbelievable advance in technology, and overall a good plot. The music is something that does have to be mentioned. It is brilliant. The music is contradictory to the scenes that you are watching. Popular songs rocket the sounds as the characters are trapped in action scenes. Just like directors such as Martin Scorsese. Before I forget, this is 100% a film for older ages, there are some rude scenes, one I think is a bit unnecessary, and it swears constantly.
This film is still a piss-take but that’s the film you’ve chosen to watch if this one is the one to choose, however saying this it isn’t as much as the first film, there’s no theatrical colourful bursts of brains. The new characters are all great and different, bringing something new to the film that wasn’t there in the first film. Additionally, ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ leaves the audience open to the possibility of a third film. If you have seen the first film and loved it, then I doubt this one would be a let-down. It is enjoyable and funny, plus the action scenes seem impressive yet unbelievable, but aren’t they all?