By Haiden Hawkins
“Kingsman: “The Golden Circle” hit theaters this past Friday, with more guns, more explosions and even more star power than the original. Matthew Vaughn is back for round two as director of this fun action movie series. If you are looking for an exciting, action- packed movie, this one’s for you.
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” left off with the world saved by the main character, Eggsy (Taron Egerton). Eggsy is living it up as a Kingsman, where he’s got a good thing going with Princess Tilde (Hanna Alström). But in the Golden Circle, no time is wasted before Eggsy’s nice life is in jeopardy, going straight into the action within minutes of the opening. Eggy is visited by an old friend, Charlie (Edward Holcraft) — or should I say an old enemy– where they battle it out on the streets of England. Turns out Charlie is working for the biggest drug lord in the world, Poppy (Julianne Moore), who is planning to blow the Kingsman organization to shreds. This leaves the two Kingsman, Eggsy and his quartermaster, Merlin (Mark Strong), with no other options but to get help from their cousin organization, the Statesman, in the United States.
Eggy and Merlin arrive in the U.S., where they discover an alive Harry Hart (Colin Firth), who was thought dead at the end of the first movie. They also decover that Poppy is poisoning her drug supply in an attempt to blackmail the U.S. government into legalizing all drugs. This would make Poppy both rich and able to come out of hiding from her South American lair. Eggsy teams up with Statesman Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) and Harry to try and track down the antidote and save the world again.
I enjoyed the movie, But I think it has several flaws. I thought it was too long and all over the place, from action to Eggsy’s love life to trying to make sense of Elton John’s presence in a few sense. The producers were trying hard to make it all fit together, and failing to do so. I was excited to see more star power, but the producers didn’t really use it to best advantage, or really at all. For instance, they brought in Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges, two big names in Hollywood, but they didn’t know how to use them. It was like they needed the Statesman organization in the U.S. just to get the once-dead Harry back into the game. I felt they could have tied everything together better.
Though the movie didn’t play out as I hoped it would, I would still give it 4 stars. You can see “The Kingsman: Golden Circle” at any theater in town. You can also get a discount with your LCU student ID.
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