September 22, 2017

R: September 22nd, 2017 | R: 141 minutes | R: R

The classy but ridiculous spy satire franchise returns to the big screen, but this time taking a trip to America. The second Kingsman movie attempts to reignite the flame that made the original so absurd but hilarious by ramping everything up and delivering even more explosions, wild plotlines, and unbelievable shenanigans. Although it doesn’t share the level of comedy or excitement of its predecessor, Kingsman: The Golden Circle gives us enough of what we expect to deliver a fitting sequel.

When calamity strikes the Kingsmen, they are left with no other option than initiating their doomsday plan. Bringing them to the United States, the British spies must team up with their American counterparts to stop an illegal drug mogul with a sinister scheme.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

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I've found, over decades of watching movies, that films boasting non-stop action are often not so exciting once you've shelled out your $12. If you promise me explosions, cars somersaulting through the air, or monsters grappling on the streets of a major city, I'm anticipating having my face blown clear off of my head.

Sometimes, trailers like to turn my internet browser into a house of lies. Examples that come to mind: Pacific Rim, Battle L.A., Transformers II and IV, Sucker Punch, and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Then, there are trailers that deliver what they promise. Movies like Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

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Rating: 5 out of 5

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John Denver is having a moment. First, earlier this year, FREE FIRE and OKJA featured "Annie's Song," then ALIEN: COVENANT and more recently LOGAN LUCKY used "Take Me Home, Country Roads" in a significant way to the plot. Matthew Vaughn's KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE fits in the latter group when the country roads take home our beloved characters.

Much like Denver, this film thrives in its empathy for the multi-layered transformations our hero Eggsy (Taron Egerton) goes through. Vaughn merely tweaks the formula of the first Kingsman, keeping the overly stylized action and whacky villains, but giving up substance in exchange for tiring comic relief (Elton John) and a structurally undefined film. Julianne Moore is a delight to watch as Poppy, but her insane and contradictory politics make the drugs ploy seem ridiculous, even by Kingsman standards. This undeniable insanity is only heightened in America, where Eggsy and company meet the Statesman, an American spy agency including a brilliant cast of Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, and Halle Berry.

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Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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Eggsy Unwin is back with the Kingsman (some who you assumed were dead in the previous film) to stop a new villain, Poppy, and the deadly disease she releases across the world with the help of her followers in the Golden Circle. While the action and fights promise solid entertainment, how silly is too far in this satirical yet stylish spy movie?

Even if you have not seen the first installment, you will not be lost as the film moves along starting with a background as to who the Kingsman are and what they stand for. It is easy to pick up who is good, who is bad and who is just outright strange. If you have seen the first film however you will notice Eggsy's change from street smart charming boy to a dapper young spy. The movie also includes several celebrities and actors including Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and even Elton John, who drops the f-bomb at least 10 times which is funny but extremely random.

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Sequel to the successful Kingsman: The Secret Service, our favorite British spy organization is back in Kingsman The Golden Circle. This time there’s a new mission, new villains, and a new way to make a martini. However, we still have the same stylish suits and deadly weapons that made us fall in love with the Kingsmen in the first film. In this movie, there’s a new enemy threatening the world…. Again… and when our beloved spy organization faces a major obstacle, they must team up with their American spy counterparts, The Statesman, to work together to stop this enemy from terrorizing the world.

Walking into this movie, I already had high hopes. I think the reason the first one did so well was because it was a movie nobody thought would be really good, but had the action, comedy, and thrills to become a nice surprise. I personally also loved how the first parodied a real life global crisis (global warming and overpopulation) by using a highly outrageous solution (kill the weak people, save the celebrities). And thankfully, this sequel kept those same unique film qualities by parodying the “War on Drugs” with lots of violence and a lovely appearance with a cranky

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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