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Matthew Vaughn loves cool gadgets, and a sequel of his Kingsman is full of them. From an “alpha gel” miraculously saving you from a headshot to robotic attack dogs and prosthetic arms, every cool things you could image are all thrown into the mix. In James Bond movies, Q provides 007 with one or two gizmos. In that Kingsman The Golden Circle 2017 there is a new toy for every new scene. Vaughn also has an obsession with tailoring: the suits, ties, watches, boots and shoes. The preoccupation with style gets in the way of the storytelling.
Vaughn has a formidable cast here including several Oscar winners (Julianne Moore, Colin Firth and Jeff Bridges) but all of them are only allowed to give the most cartoonish of performances. You can’t fault the stunts. As an action movie, Kingsman The Golden Circle 2017 passes muster. The movie packed with explosions, chases and visual spectacle, and in some way, you may find it quite witty in its own tongue-in-cheek and macabre fashion.
Similar to the first Kingsman movie, this prequel Kingsman The Golden Circle 2017 has an interesting villain. The evil villainess Poppy Adams (Moore) likes to put her enemies through the mincing machine and turn them into hamburgers. She has kidnapped Sir Elton John (played by himself) and is keeping him in captivity deep in the jungle, where she has built her own compound in the shape of an old American shopping mall.
Talking about Sir Elton, he doesn’t get much in the way of meaty dialogue, but we do see him at the piano from time to time and when one of the heroes asks for tickets to a concert, he replies in magnificently camp fashion “Darling, if you save the world, you can have a backstage pass!”
We’re plunged straight into the action as car chase/fight sequence which opens Kingsman The Golden Circle 2017 full movie. Eggsy is caught up in a vicious fight with his nemesis Charlie Hesketh (Edward Holcroft) in the back of his black cab. Vaughn stages the scene as if it is the chariot race in Ben-Hur but setting in Piccadilly and around Hyde Park Corner rather than in a Roman amphitheater. Vaughn and his collaborators are doing their part for the export drive. It’s hard not to admire the shameless way that even at the most fraught moments, the filmmakers manage to showcase the best of British.
There are continual and often very disorienting switches in location. After the explosive London-set opening, we’re quickly whisked away to Kentucky where a cousin organization to Kingsman called Statesman is run from a bourbon distillery. Statesman is presided over by the gun-waving Tequila (Channing Tatum), the stetson-wearing patriarch Champagne (Jeff Bridges), the brilliant analyst Ginger Ale (Halle Berry) and the whip-cracking Whiskey (Pedro Pascal). From Kentucky, we’re taken back to Britain for an excruciating Ab Fab-like sequence set for no very good reason. Then we move to Glastonbury where Eggsy has to seduce It Girl Clara (Poppy Delevigne) in order to plant a tracking device deep within her. Other random stop-offs include the Alps and Cambodia.
Just as in the original movie, the filmmakers are absolutely relentless to make Kingsman The Golden Circle 2017. When one action set-piece falls flat, they’ll follow it immediately with another to distract us. Some of the visual gags are very funny. Others are laddish and crass in the extreme but there is never a moment to pause or reflect on what is actually going on or why. Lasting for well over two hours, this is a gilded hamster wheel of a movie. Enormous energy is expended but it still feels at the end as if the filmmakers are going around in exactly the same circles as at the beginning.