Title: Kingsman: The Golden Circle
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong
Runtime: 2hr 21mins
What it is: Matthew Vaughn’s sequel to the 2014 film provides satisfying action and adds new faces to the mix. Eggsy (Egerton) is being hunted down by an ex-Kingsman applicant named Charlie. Julianne Moore’s character Poppy runs a drug cartel. When the Kingsman’s main base gets wiped out by missiles, Eggsy and Merlin (Strong) are forced to retreat. The two of them end up crossing paths with a new group called “The Statesman” who is another Independent Intelligence Agency, the United States’ equivalent of the Kingsman. When Poppy (Julianne Moore) poisons the drugs her cartel is producing and demands that the United States President legalizes drugs, The Kingsmen must try and stop Poppy and The Golden Circle with the help of The Statesmen
What we think: Although this movie had entertaining action scenes, ultimately it felt 20 minutes too long. There are some things they could have taken out of the movie and it wouldn’t have hurt the plot. It was nice to see Taron Egerton reprise his role of Eggsy. He did a great job and the addition of Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges didn’t hurt either. The movie just had some scenes where it dragged on, but all and all delivered on the action.
Our grade: C+, Elton John in the movie delivers comedic lines and definitely utilizes his cameo. The movie again is a little on the long side and I feel it didn’t live up to what the first one put forth. The movie was entertaining as an action film, but the first one definitely was a lot better.