There is nothing I love more than impeccably well-choreographed fight scenes starring my favorite actors and set to classic rock music… besides a man in a suit.
The second installment of Kingsman, just like the first, has all the above and MORE. This time around, the Kingsman, a team of elite British undercover agents, find themselves under attack by a secret drug pedalling organization that takes the people of the world hostage using… marijuana? Stay with me here, folks.
In order to save the world, the Kingsman must pair up with their American counterparts known as the Statesman, another round up of agents that hide under the cover of a whiskey distillery. Cheesy, hilarious and kick-ass nonsense ensues from there.
As a die-hard Kingsman fan after the first film in 2014, I could not have been more excited when I heard they were making a second one. I am a sucker for movies that are over the top and that’s the only way to describe these films from the storylines to the costumes to the sets; it’s all very exaggerated and I just eat it up.
If you haven’t seen the first, you need to before you see the second one in order to understand some of the jokes and appreciate the culture of these films. My favorite aspect of these movies is how intense and graphic the fight scenes are. When I say you see everything, I mean EVERYTHING. The lady next to me had not seen the first and I could tell by her screams when a guy gets his head blow off in the first five minutes. She also made sure to ask her husband a lot of questions through out the film which was GREAT *insert eye roll*.
Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) are back but we also get a bunch of new members to the Kingsman cast. Julianne Moore plays Poppy, the evil, psychopathic and slightly loveable (?) leader of a drug cartel that laces their supply with poison that makes people 1. Develop a blue, veiny rash 2. Begin to dance uncontrollably 3. Enter a state of complete paralysis and 4. Bleed out of their eyeballs and die… Yeah, don’t do drugs kids. We also get to see Channing Tatum do some gun slinging, Pedro Pascal lasso bad guys and Halle Berry hack into a few computers. Intrigued? You should be.
As most sequels go, this one fell a little short to its predecessor but it’s still highly entertaining and comical. It’s also over two hours which I have a strict, no-longer than an hour and forty-five minute policy when it comes to how long a film can keep my attention before I get antsy. I love these movies but there were some parts of this film I could have done without so, overall, Kingsman: The Golden Circle takes home silver in my book.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is in theaters now!