Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Edward Holcroft, Hanna Alström, Julianne Moore
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Written by: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Rating: R Running Time: 2 hr 21 min.
Nope, not as good as the first Kingsman movie, not even close. The Golden Circle arrives in our theaters void of any surprises, and nothing interesting to say. This is all dressed up, with nowhere new to go.
At best, I would call this a quirky yet forgettable action movie. The new characters aren’t given much screen time to do anything consequential, and the story doesn’t give our hero Eggsy (Taron Egerton) anything to learn. It’s simply devoid of the heart and structure that made the original a compelling experience. The attempts to up the ante never top the first films most surprising moments, and result in some near incomprehensible action sequences. There’s also a weird cameo appearance that gets less and less funny each time it’s used.
That being said, I have to admit, I was never bored during the film’s two hour and twenty-one-minute run-time. The cast do the best they can with the limited material they are given, and Julianne Moore is easily the MVP of this production.
Keep your expectations low for this one. Expect a lot of flashy, not even remotely plausible action. The quality difference between films one and two, are comparable to say, Men in Black I and II.
Poppy (Julianne Moore) and her nostalgic 50’s Americana base in the Colombian mountains.