KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

★★★★

Starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Edward Holcroft, Mark Strong, Hanna Alström,  Michael Gambon, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Elton John
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
2017 / 141 Minutes / 20th Century Fox

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a ridiculous extremely fun ride that I was all in for! With a running time of almost two and a half hours it flew by for me. I haven’t had this much fun watching an action film since… well probably since the first one came out.

I only recently saw the first film Kingsman: The Secret Service and was totally surprised at how entertaining and fun it was. Since then I’ve been looking forward to seeing the follow up. Kudus for this series needs to go to director Matthew Vaughn whose over the top chaotic action style makes this franchise stand out for me more so than others in this genre.

There are some new welcome additions to the cast this time around. Julianne Moore is hilariously terrifying as the psychotic villain Poppy Adams. Her character is so much fun to watch that I really wanted to see more of her, she stole the movie for sure. Some other welcome additions are Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum – although all are a little wasted, it’s clear they’ll be assets in the future. My only bone to pick with Fox is using too much Channing Tatum to sell this movie, he’s barely in it. Lead Taron Egerton deserves to be the face of this series. He’s charming and extremely likeable as in the first film.

What I absolutely love about the Kingsman series is it doesn’t take itself serious and it embraces it’s absurdity. It’s hilarious and a perfect balance of comedy and action. I love when action films (superhero movies included) aren’t serious and accept that yeah they can be pretty ridiculous and I buy that up. Other examples, Deadpool it’s hilarious and it works. Guardians of the Galaxy (only the first one, not that dreadfully dull sequel) was fun and it made fun of itself. When it comes to action movies it takes a lot for me to get on board with them, but when I do I usually fall hard for them and this film and it’s original are high up there on my list of enjoyable action.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is stupid fun! The story might be absurd and over the top, but that’s exactly why this works and why the audience I saw this with cheered and clapped at the end. It’s films like this that make going to the movies a fun experience, what more could you want! This is the entertainment you were promised this summer, but instead was paraded a bunch of duds.

Grade B+

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