Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Review

4/5* Siobhan Divers | Shiv’s Show

Dir: Matthew Vaughn

140 mins

Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

With a compelling plot, catchy soundtrack and an extended cameo by Elton John, what more could you want from a film?

Kingsman: The Golden Circle sees main character and Kingsman agent Eggsy (Taron Egerton) faced with a crisis involving their emergency protocol. Targeted by The Golden Circle, a drug cartel run by Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) are forced to temporarily relocate to America in order to save the world…again.

Playing American Intelligence Agents, Agents Tequila (Channing Tatum), Champagne (Jeff Bridges), Ginger Ale (Halle Berry) and Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) give convincing performances supporting Eggsy, Merlin and Harry Hart (Colin Firth), returning from Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014).

Also returning from The Secret Service is Eggsy’s nemesis and rejected Kingsman applicant, Charlie Hesketh (Edward Holcroft). An action-filled opening sees Eggsy and Charlie battling it out in the back of a black taxi as it drives around London, staying true to the film’s British roots. This can also be seen in a number of other scenes as Merlin does not advocate showing emotion leaving Eggsy to keep calm and carry on.

With a vast range of award-winning actors and actresses within The Golden Circle, it is hardly surprising that Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges are extremely under-utilised within the 140 minute-long movie.

Elton John’s hilarious extended cameo should also be recognised. Kidnapped by Poppy in the commotion caused by the The Secret Service, which seen celebrities lead by Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) escaping the chaos which ensued as a result of his evil plan, Elton John is the only entertainment within Poppy’s isolated base in Cambodia.

The numerous location changes fit well within the thrilling action sequences and the cast play their roles well. In addition to the action scequences, The Golden Circle also provides a number of naturally funny scenes, emotion-provoking moments and a soundtrack worth purchasing.

Overall, The Golden Circle is an exciting sequel with all the makings of a popular film series.

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