Watching Kingsman: The Golden Circle is like driving a Lamborghini that needs a tune up. Amazing car to drive but expect it to sputter a few times on the way to your destination. I enjoyed the film, I really did. However, there were just a handful slow spots that were unforgivable. Had those been removed or the scenes shot differently, the film had all the makings of being just as good as the first.
And I did say Lamborghini, not a Nissan. Golden Circle is definitely high octane, over-the-top fun. Continuing the story of special agent Eggsy (Taron Egerton), the Kingsmen are disbanded by the evil Poppy (Julianne) or forced to rely on their American cousins, the Statesmen, for help.
I really enjoy the ambition of these movies. It’s fresh and unique, from the crazy set pieces right down to the hilarious cameos. One cameo in particular almost makes the entire movie. One can appreciate the attention to detail and the film’s desire to try something different. It’s the little touches, like Poppy’s evil lair consisting of a whole 50’s style setup, that tells you director Matthew Vaugn strived to go the extra mile and not just be a carbon copy of the first film.
I did wish there was more action. For what it’s worth, the action sequences done throughout are extremely cool, hard hitting with no rest breaks. My personal favorite was the final scene, fought to a fun rendition of Cameo’s “Word Up”. Very nice touch that just fits with the overall style of the film.
Overall, it’s clever but not deep. I wish they went more into depth on the Kingsmen culture a la John Wick: Chapter 2. Maybe they are saving it for the third film. All in all, very enjoyable. I give it an 87.