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In 2015, Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman turned the movie spy conceit on its head with the twisty and welcome frenetic Kingsman: The Secret Service. The movie became an instant smash with grossing more than $400 million worldwide. Taron Egerton becomes a star since then as he playing the movie’s protagonist, Eggsy.
Kingsman: The Secret Service movie is about the London’s street tough transforming into a super spy after being recruited into the British spy organization called Kingsman who use a tailor shop as their front. By his side are characters like the suave secret agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) and tech guru Merlin (Mark Strong), together they made a movie making a strong impression on moviegoers looking for something wildly different from James Bond in the way of portraying English spy. A sequel is inevitable and it comes bigger and certainly more colorful than ever by taking on a host of new American co-stars and a villain that grinds her victims into tasty cheeseburgers.
Kingsman The Golden Circle 2017 opens with the titular spy organization viciously attacked and nearly wiped out with the exception of Eggsy and Merlin.
They starts the Armageddon Protocol that leads them to Kentucky where they find an organization called the Statesmen formed by one of the Kingsman agent. Kingsman The Golden Circle 2017 consists of a bunch of faux cowboy American stereotypes led by Champagne (Jeff Bridges) and featuring trigger happy Tequila (Channing Tatum), tech nerd Ginger Ale (Halle Berry) and Burt-Reynolds-style western hero Whiskey (Pedro Pascal). Statesmen has their front as a Bourbon company hence the liquored up names they go by. Our spies team up to defeat a take-no-prisoners villainess Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore). She has a blast in the little South Asian village she has created called Poppy Land where she runs her drug cartel.
It wouldn’t be Kingsman if only Eggsy and Merlin running around. Colin Firth is back even if we saw him die. Vaughn has found a way to credibly bring him back. I won’t spoil how they manage this comeback but Firth’s Harry joins Eggsy back in action. Also, Elton John turns up in this movie as himself. It’s pretty funny stuff since he is the private entertainer for Poppy wearing feathers. Elton isn’t much of an actor, but he is a good sport and gets laughs in spite of himself.
The cinematography, production design, soundtrack and fast paced editing are all right on target in a bloated action vehicle. Everything combines together making a promise to deliver Kingsman devotees a much larger serving of this madness that doesn’t take itself the least bit seriously, and neither should anyone else.