Warning: There are spoilers ahead for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”
20th Century Fox’s highly-anticipated sequel to “Kingsman” debuted in theatres this past weekend. While it won the box office opening weekend with $US39 million, don’t let that number fool you.
The follow-up to director Matthew Vaughn’s 2015 surprise hit is a huge letdown.
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” had a lot of promise with the return of original cast members Taron Egerton and Colin Firth along with the addition of a few big A-list stars and Oscar winners, including Halle Berry and Channing Tatum starring as the secret agency’s Statesman colleagues in the United States. Unfortunately, their presence couldn’t help lift up a silly sequel that revolves around a drug cartel run by Julianne Moore’s goofy and villainous Poppy which poisons millions of people across the world.
Why you probably cared:
Not only did the original director come back to direct the sequel with the original cast, but the film had the talents of Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, and Julianne Moore. How could they fail? Let us count the ways.
Why it misfires:
From the moment you see a severed robotic arm hack into a computer to find the location of every Kingsman, you start to groan internally. It only gets more bizarre and wacky from there. Robotic dogs, cannibalism, and a surprise extended cameo from Sir Elton John are just a few of the things you don’t expect to see on screen.
The biggest misstep of “The Golden Circle” is under-utilising and wasting its spectacular talent. Julianne Moore isn’t convincing as Poppy Adams, the brains behind a drug cartel that’s out to poison millions of her customers.
It’s tougher to stomach Tatum and Berry’s characters named Agent Tequila and Gingerale, respectively. Jeff Bridges goes by Agent Campagne. It’s supposed to be funny, but it’s not. Instead, you start to wonder if there’s some sort of joke you missed that you weren’t let in on. Berry is reduced to a tech support gal who longs of working in the field. If you were expecting to see a lot Tatum, sorry. Scheduling conflicts reduced the star’s role and he lies limp on a table most of the film after he’s poisoned by Poppy’s toxin.
I’m pretty sure Elton John gets more dialogue and screen time than Tatum playing himself. There’s a scene where the “Rocket Man” singer watches a man viciously torn apart by two robot dogs (you can’t make this stuff up), and I think that sums up much of what you need to know about the movie.
For as silly as the sequel is, all of the action scenes are really enjoyable and capture the essence of what made the first film enjoyable. The opening sequence of Eggsy (Egerton) being chased through London makes you hopeful for the rest of the film. Unfortunately, these scenes are far and few between a lot of exposition and silly moments including an awkward one where Eggsy has to plant a GPS tracker in a girl’s vagina. The camera actually moves to take us on the tracker’s route. This is an actual thing that happens in this movie.
It’s also nice to see Eggsy reunited with Harry (Colin Firth) on screen, though the reunion takes far too long after it’s teased in trailers. “Game of Thrones” star Pedro Pascal gets some time to shine as a two-timing agent who gets a cool laser lasso that feels like something out of “Star Wars.”
I checked out the film in 4DX and the motion of the chair during action scenes made the otherwise insufferable film worthwhile, but the rest of the film feels cobbled together around a plot that sounds like it would have worked in a “Catwoman” sequel. The movie also runs tediously long at 141 minutes.
The first “Kingsman” is great for its ability to balance quirky dialogue and the unexpected with great action sequences. The sequel lost some of the magic that made the first one really special with too many outlandish moments and too much Elton John. Yes, “Kingsman” is based loosely on a comic series of the same name, but the overall tone of the movie feels like a cartoonish, goofy adaptation.
Sorry Harry. A-list talent alone does not maketh a good movie.You need a good script too. Save some cash and go see “It” or anything else. You can wait for this one to come out on home video.
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is in theatres now. You can watch a trailer for the movie below.
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