Reel Reviews / Josh Simpkins
In 2014, Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) came out of left field and gave us the great Action/Adventure-Comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service. Based on the critically acclaimed comic book series by Kick-Ass writer Mark Miller and Watchmen’s Dave Gibbons, Kingsman: The Secret Service was a smashing success. It was only a matter of time before a sequel came down the pike. Well, dear friends and neighbors, that time is now. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, starring Taron Egerton (Eddie the Eagle), Colin Firth (Bridget Jones’s Baby), Julianne Moore (Wonderstruck), Channing Tatum (Logan Lucky), Mark Strong (Miss Sloane), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), and Halle Berry (Kidnap), is an amazing follow-up film, worthy of the franchise.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle follows Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin (Egerton), code name Galahad. After the Kingsman headquarters are blown to smithereens by psychotic, criminal drug lord Poppy Adams (Moore), Eggsy and Merlin (Strong), the only surviving agents, find their way to an allied spy organization in the U.S. called Statesman, which is led by Agent Champagne (Bridges). Upon traveling to Kentucky, Eggsy and Merlin arrive at a distillery where they are found by Statesman Agent Tequila (Tatum). A ruckus ensues with Tequila managing to gain the upper hand, knocking Merlin out and tranquilizing Eggsy.
When our heroes wake up, Tequila interrogates them, believing they are working for the enemy, despite saying they are Kingsmen. Tequila then discloses to them that the Statesmen are keeping Harry Hart (Firth), revealed to be alive and well, in a padded room, to the complete shock of Eggsy and Merlin. Tequila threatens to shoot Harry if they don’t talk, until a woman named Ginger Ale (Berry) enters and tells Tequila that Eggsy and Merlin’s stories check out. Tequila apologizes and allows the two to enter the room to see Harry. When they approach him, however, Harry doesn’t remember who they are, nor that he was a Kingsman.
With the Kingsman headquarters destroyed, an addlebrained Hart, and the world held hostage by a sinister super villain, these two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat this ruthless enemy, to save the world, a chore that is becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.
The cast and crew of Kingsman: The Golden Circle did a marvelous job and they all deserve major kudos. The visual effects are astonishing. Taron Egerton is really starting to come into his own, turning into a solid leading man, which should help him give his future characters real depth. Overall, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is an action-packed end of summer film that’s totally worth hard-earned dollars. Now, scoop up your family or friends and go have some fun at the movies.