Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

In Theatres: 
Sep 22, 2017
Running Time: 
141 minutes

There’s a fine line between funny and obnoxious, and Kingsman: The Secret Service knew how to tiptoe around it. The sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, loudly yells so that everyone can see how cool it is when it reality it’s just blowing a bunch of hot air. Gone is the charm of the original, replaced by akward and over-the-top humor that made me cringe rather than laugh. The action is still present, but everything else is a lackluster attempt at making lightning strike the same place twice.


It’s been a year since Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and the rest of the Kingsman agents saved the world, and he’s grown well into his role as the new Galahad after the death of his mentor Harry (Colin Firth). But the good times never last as a new threat, the mysterious organization known as the Golden Circle, emerges and destroys every Kingsman agent except for Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong). Now faced with a Doomsday Scenario, the two remaining Kingsman enlist the help of their neighbors across the pond, the Statesman, to once again save the world.


The Golden Circle expands upon the wacky secret agent world of the Kingsman by bringing all the gadgets and codenames stateside with the Statesmen. While that seems like a natural progression for any sequel, the Statesman don’t actually add anything of value to the film other than some fancy rope tricks to the action scenes. The Kingsman have their umbrellas; the Statesman have their lassos.


Kingsman was at times over the top with its humor, but it always suited the film and its style. The Golden Circle pushes those boundaries even further and suffers because of it. It’s most apparent in a scene in which Eggsy must plant a tracking device inside a woman they believe is connected to the Golden Circle. Apparently the only method the Statesman have for tracking is this little finger condom that must be inserted someplace wet and warm. You see where I’m going with this, right? It’s completely unnecessary and downright creepy.


Disappointingly, Channing Tatum’s character of Tequila is barely in the film at all as he quickly succumbs to the Golden Circle’s poison thanks to his reckless drug and partying habit. After his entertaining but brief introduction, he’s put into a cryogenic stasis for the majority of the film while everyone else works to find a cure. Tatum is heavily featured in trailers and previews, so I expected he would have a much bigger role in the film. It’s a shame he has such limited screen time too because he was easily the most entertaining aspect of the film.


Instead audiences are left with the less entertaining and more obnoxious Statesman Whiskey (Pedro Pascal). They’re all named after drinks, just as the Kingsman are named after the Knights of the Round table. He’s good with a rope, but that’s about it. He doesn’t carry the same charisma as everyone else in the film.


Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the same suit, just in a different color and of cheaper quality. It lacks the creativity of the original and instead doubles down on the outrageous action and humor. Yes, you can have too much of a good thing and The Golden Circle is just that.

Matt Rodriguez
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