Kingsman The Golden Circle

The Premise
When the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents' strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy...

The Review
The sartorially sharp spies of Kingsman: The Secret Service are back saving the world in the action-packed OTT sequel from Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class). 

The Golden Circle marks Vaughn’s first shot at a sequel, and who wouldn’t when there’s so much fun to be had in this dialled-up 007 world of hyper-kinetic fight scenes and insanely cool gadgets. 

Kingsfans will be in heaven - the gang are all back, Eggsy, Merlin and even Harry - and there are plenty of funny throwbacks and nods to the original, including an American do-over of Harry’s iconic ‘Manners Maketh Man’ sequence.

The numerous action scenes are worth admission alone, from the opening cracker black-cab chase to the mental finale, all shot (with the help of a bit of VFX) as if one take wonders. Vaughn cranks up the inventiveness – electrified whips and meat grinders add to the over-the-top violence – to make for some jaw-dropping moments. And it’s very cool seeing what the Kingsman’s American cousins have in their arsenal.

Classing up the joint are five Oscar winners with Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges - and of all people Elton John – joining Colin Firth. Elton John proves he is allright for fighting and provides some great laughs, but sadly if you’re expecting a lot of Channing Tatum he’s more of a cameo appearance. One of the highlights is Pedro Pascal as Statesman Whiskey, who continues his red-hot form after Game of Thrones and Narcos.

Vaughn also co-writes - with frequent partner in crime Jane Goldman – and while the two come up with some impressive sequences there’s a few plotting issues. And it does suffer from sequel-itis where way more of the same might not actually be better, especially at almost 2 and a half hours.

The Verdict
If you loved the first Kingsman you’ll love the sequel – it might be a bit long but it’s jam-packed with more insane action sequences, stylish spies and tongue-in-cheek laughs. The Statesmen are a welcome addition and I can’t wait for the third instalment.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 20th December 2017
Rating: R16 – Contains Violence, offensive language, drug use & sex scenes
Duration: 142 minutes 
Genre:  Action
Starring: Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges
Director: Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kickass)

The Extras
The film's cast includes five Oscar winners: Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, and Elton John.

All the Statesmen are named after alcoholic beverages.

Loosely based on comic book series published by Marvel under their Icon Comics imprint.

Matthew Vaughn's first sequel as a director.

The original idea for the first film's comic book about the American Secret Service who call themselves "Uncle Sam." In the sequel, the Kingsman are teaming up with their American counterpart who call themselves the Statesman.

In the teaser trailer scenes are shown of a modern diner and other classically "American" structures amidst Mayan/Aztec ruins in Central America. This could be a possible reference to Fordlandia, an "All-American Small Town" built in the middle of the Brazilian jungle by Henry Ford to grow and processor rubber for car tires.

On the weekend of May 14-15th 2016 there was filming for this film in Birmingham City Centre(Uk) scenes included a car chase.

This is the third comic book series for Jeff Bridges, after Iron Man (2008) and R.I.P.D. (2013), and for Halle Berry, after Storm in the X-Men films and Catwoman (2004)).

First film that Colin Firth and Jeff Bridges have appeared in together. They have twice competed with each other for the Best Actor Academy Award. In 2009, Bridges won for Crazy Heart (2009), while Firth was nominated for A Single Man (2009). In 2010, Firth won for The King's Speech (2010), while Bridges was nominated for True Grit (2010). This is the second film opposite Julianne Moore for both of them. She appeared with Bridges in The Big Lebowski (1998), and Firth in A Single Man (2009).

Reunites Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore after The Big Lebowski (1998) and Seventh Son (2014).