Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Dir: Matthew Vaughn
Ridiculous. Absurd. Outrageous. And...heartfelt? Kingsman runs the gamut of emotions throughout its 2+ hour runtime; you’ll be angry at one Michael Bayish scene one moment, then tearing up @at
s character’s (decisive) goodbye and of course, shake your head at how they explained away a dude getting shot IN THE FACE and surviving. Somehow, Vaughn makes it all work and better, believable. That he has a stellar cast certainly helps! Julianne Moore assumes the villainess role, a juicy part she sinks her teeth into. Jeff Bridges plays...well, Jeff Bridges. And shoutout to Pedro Pascal (Oberyn on #gameofthrones
) for his turn as American badass, Whiskey. The heart remains with Eggsy (Egerton), who has some things to work through in this one. The film, however, suffers from a lack of clarity. The first was a great meta-commentary on spy films; this offers no commentary, instead becoming the big budget spy caper its predecessor so delightfully sent up. The action is impressive, a little to CGI-y. Nothing tops the Freebird sequence from the first, though a Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting montage comes close. Oh! Elton John plays himself and he steals everything. The Golden Circle is a sequel that desperately wants to be its predecessor and hits all the notes, but fails to realize what made the first special. A lot can be said about sequels, Kingsman 2 says nothing at all.