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BY THE GEEKS FOR THE GEEKS.
Published by Richey Marshall.
How often do you read a review of a sequel that goes on to tell you how disappointing the follow is compared to the original? A lot? Yep. Me too. Most of the time it’s justified. This however, will not be one of those reviews.
Like seeing a mate you haven’t caught up with in ages, seeing Taron Egerton’s Eggsy strut back on screen was a welcome sight. Manners Maketh Man, but for me, Eggsy makes Kingsman. Just like the first film he brings his streetwise attitude mixed with James Bond styling straight to the forefront in an opening sequence that would make the aforementioned Bond rather jealous.
Another welcome return is Mark Strong’s Merlin. Strong gets some truly brilliant scenes in this film and as ever the brilliant actor, he nails them. On the returning cast list, more surprisingly is Colin Firth’s Harry Hart. Surprising as you may remember, and it would be hard to forget, because Harry took a bullet to the face in the last film. I think we can all agree that’s going to take more than a Lemsip to heal it. Julianne Moore is on megalomaniac villain duties and she knocks it out the park bringing a wonderful balance of psychopathic mayhem and sadistic humour. Her plan of world domination is the legalisation of drugs hardly horrific compared to most screen baddies. Although her methods to get there are of course one for concern.
Thankfully the Kingsman won’t be alone in their efforts to stop her as this time around they are joined by The Statesman, the American version of the Kingsman. The Statesman are headed up by the wonderful Jeff Bridges, with Halle Berry in the role of techno geek and the impossibly hot Channing Tatum as their super spy.
One thing that is a common practice in a sequel is the ramp up of everything that made the original a hit, overloading the audience with more jokes, action and mayhem. Most of the time this is a massive mistake because it messes with the mix that made the first film great. Not this time though. Kingsman: The Golden Circle does what its predecessor did so well and keeps it’s tongue firmly in cheek! Nothing makes that statement truer than the absolutely wonderful cameo from Elton John. Honestly, you will love it. I still find myself chuckling at it.
Overall, this film hit every single note for me. Brilliant action sequences, fantastic one-liners and all the style and fun that made the first film such a blast. In a time where sequel fatigue is a problem for film fans it’s refreshing to see a sequel not fall flat and disappoint. Whether or not there will be a third Kingsman movie is unclear yet, the door is certainly left open and and there has been nothing but love for these movies. Personally I would love seeing the Russian version of the Kingsman and get all the major spy agencies involved. The comedy gold would be priceless. So I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for more from the Kingsman.
KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
With Stark in hiding and her superiors thinking nothing more of her than as a glorified tea-lady, Peggy assumes yet another identity and heads undercover within her own department trying desperately to clear Howards name. Her first task? Locating the formula for molecular nitramine – a high density explosive that, Stark assures her, can pack a bit of a punch.
In the pilot episode, we join Peggy back in New York City in 1946, a year after the apparent death of Captain Steve Rogers, where she’s been relegated to secretarial duties at the male-dominated Strategic Scientific Reserve offices, under the guise of being an operator for the phone company. Having to deal with her chauvinistic co-workers is the least of her problems when her close friend Howard Stark is accused of treason after his weapons appear on the black market. With one of his ‘bad babies’ about to be sold somewhere in New York, Stark secretly recruits Peggy to help clear his name, along with the help of his trusted butler, Edwin Jarvis.