Can’t decide on what type of movie you want to see this weekend? Sink your teeth into Kingsman: The Golden Circle. It’s a magnificent burger composed of a juicy all-star cast and topped with layer after layer of genres all smooshed together between the patties that make the Kingsman movies stand out from any other action, spy-thriller. Sorry if that made you crave a burger, but after watching this movie, it will be the last thing you want to gobble up. Instead, you can chow down on the espionage, romance, action, narcotics, mystery, drama, comedy, politics, dastardly foes, redcoats and cowboys that riddle this film. Oh, and a small-time musician you may have heard of, goes by the name of Elton John? Yeah. Seriously, this movie has everything. Director Matthew Vaughn and the rest of the crew took everything we loved about Kingsman: The Secret Service and somehow made it even bigger and badder.
The movie opens with Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton, a few months after the events in The Secret Service and reveals how he has acclimated to life as a Kingsman and boyfriend to Princess Tilde, played by Hanna Alström. Of course, a resurrected enemy with unprecedented technology soon dismantles the picture-perfect life to pieces. Broken and with nowhere else to turn, Eggsy, along with Mark Strong’s character, Merlin, flee to America where they find friends, both old and new.
Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, and Channing Tatum; the all-American whiskey makers join Eggsy and Merlin in saving the world from the sickly sweet, 1950’s loving, psychopath, Poppy Adams. Julianne Moore brings this feminine yet downright disturbing character to life, terrifying both the characters and the audience. While she is the old-timey spy villain that Harry Hart (Colin Firth) loves so much, Poppy poses a very modern-day danger as she holds millions hostage with her laced drugs.
The plot thickens as other antagonists come out of the woodwork, however, the story moves along seamlessly with genius imagery-transitions, uniquely shot action sequences reminiscent of the first movie, a character-driven soundtrack, and themes that lasso in all loose ends into a neat and celebratory bundle at the resolution.
Sorry, I should not say celebratory. Yes, there is a happy ending, but in order for that to happen, a LOT of people have to die first, both background and main characters. But unlike other movies where deaths are meaningless (looking at you, Kong: Skull Island), the big deaths in this movie add to the characters’ depths and form a new layer of reality to the story.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is different from any other blockbuster out there and is a great choice for everyone except children. And perhaps PETA? I don’t know, how do they feel about the mistreatment of robot dogs?
9/10 would dance uncontrollably for this movie.