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Movie Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

September 24th, 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a solid sequel that contains just as much enjoyment and humor as its predecessor Kingsman: The Secret Service. One year after the events of the first film, the Kingsman’s spy headquarters is fatally attacked by an unknown entity. With most of the organization now dead, the surviving agents Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and his trainer Merlin (Mark Strong) travel abroad to team up with Statesman, their American counterparts, in an effort to bring this mysterious new enemy to justice and save the world once again.

Featuring the same ridiculously over-the-top British spy action-comedy set to music, unique British style & charm, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a worthy follow-up to the 2015 film. The director’s slick, fast- paced action and use of slow motion editing showcases his talent for cleverly choreographed fight scenes and quirky comic relief, which few other directors would be able to replicate successfully.

The cast of characters, both new and old, lend themselves to some highly emotional and entertaining situations, including a hilarious performance from SIR ELTON JOHN (wow, Sir Elton John!) playing a fictionalized version of himself. The real stand-out, though, was Julianne Moore as the film’s villain that’s so playful it’s hard to take her seriously.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has all the action, attitude and appeal of the first one, but improves on its own formula by incorporating Americans. The gadgets and the fight sequences are as delightfully over-the-top and thrilling as the original, but the violence is (appropriately) just a shade less gleeful (no heads exploding into fireworks set to music).

For anyone considering watching this it isn’t meant for young children. Also if you haven’t seen the first part, please make sure you see it first so you’re in on what’s happening with this one.

PS: Elton John’s cameo was brilliant! Unconventional and brilliant.

 

Kingsman: The Secret Service

January 28th, 2015

Last night I attended the premier of Kingsman: The Secret Service. Yes, I went to a movie based on a British comic book. The Kingsman tells the story of a super-secret gentleman spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Licenced to thrill, Kingsman is almost a love-letter to the James Bond films. It’s not a parody, like Austin Powers, but a clever homage to the franchise combining 007 with Men in Black with an edge. Fans of both movies are certain to love Kingsman with all the rollercoasters of action, comedy and espionage, complete with a bucket of winks, references and nods to the world of spy movies. And just like the colorful, gadget ridden Bond films of the 1960’s, Kingsman is great fun to watch, with ‘wham, bam, thank-you ma’am’ style of mayhem, and one- liners to take home.

Portraying the lead character of ‘Eggsy’, Taron Egerton, proves to be an outstanding newcomer as he brings the character to life with an energizing street vibe with a glimmer of gentleman within much like a young Will Smith. Alongside, and tackling the role as gentleman mentor, is Colin Firth like you have never seen him before! In fact, Colin Firth worked out for 6 months to get into shape to portray Harry Hart, and performed 80% of his stunts. Samuel L. Jackson was fantastic as an over-the-top, fun to watch as the villain with a lisp.

Please keep in mind Kingsman is rated R for sequences of strong violence and amazing martial arts set to music that should make the Matrix franchise jealous, some language throughout and a bare female bottom at the end.

I can safely predict Kingsman won’t win any major awards, but I can guarantee that you will be entertained from start to finish by this original throw back to the old spy movies.

Fun trivia about Kingsman: The black designer bulletproof umbrella Harry uses was nearly a reality. Back in 1978 Bulgarian author Markov was assassinated by poisoned pellet being shot from an umbrella developed by the KGB.

 

 

 

 

 

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