With less than few days before it lands in cinemas, many are interested to know if it is worth the ticket. It's also what makes the Kingsman franchise work.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle arrives with more movie stars, action, and running time than its predecessor, but with decidedly less critical success.
The core characters of Kingsman: The Secret Service return for the sequel. It was a cartoonishly violent lampoon of the spy genre that remembered to be a satisfying spy film in its own right.
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph: "Kingsman acolytes will presumably be hoping for a set-piece or two to rival the first film's instantly notorious Baptist church massacre, but nothing here comes remotely close in terms of either energy or shock value".
In 2015, Kingsman: the Secret Service had created the surprise in the halls of the French film and of the world, winning more than 400 million $ at the box office. Both films have introduced a number of captivating characters, from Harry to Julianne Moore's villain Poppy. Harry did not take kindly towards people who call him a pirate. She doesn't seem to realise that killing off every drug user in the world will immediately destroy her customer base, for example. The first phase of this plan - kill all the Kingsman.
Heading across the pond to team up with their American counterparts, the Statesman, how do the Colin Firth and Taron Egerton sequel fare? The source spoke with Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Pedro Pascal, and Jeff Bridges, all who revealed that Kingsman is a trilogy. Villainous Julianne Moore is named Poppyin the flick.
It's a shame then that it's played so safe, lacking the edge that made the first film memorable. Still, this fleet-footed, glibly imaginative global romp stays on its toes and keeps its wits about it most of the time, with entertaining and pointedly USA -friendly cast additions that should provide an uptick from the $414 million raked in worldwide by Kingsman: "The Secret Service". Yes, he was shot in the face in the last film and yes the way they bring him back is absurd and yes it is awesome. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave - AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few courageous and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks. They say the sequel is less creative and that it's bloated. There are insane action sequences that play with the tunes, but I would have liked to see director Matthew Vaughn and his longtime collaborator, writer Jane Goldman, show a little more discipline, as it's all a little too much by the time were two hours into this movie. Almost every scene in The Golden Circle furthers the plot and deepens its characters while both subverting genre expectations and building its own mythology.