Film Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle
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Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service became a surprise hit in 2014, acting as a breath of fresh air into the stale spy genre. Now its hotly anticipated sequel, The Golden Circle, follows firmly in the footsteps of its predecessor, for better and worse, whilst expanding Vaughn’s eccentric spy universe. The film follows Eggsy (Taron Egerton) as he continues his life as a Kingsman agent whilst maintaining a relationship with Princess Tilde (Hannah Alström) whom he rescued in the previous film. After Eggsy is attacked by a previous foe, and a huge assault is carried out on the Kingsman almost wiping the organisation out, he and the remaining members must travel across the pond to seek the help of the Statesman, their American counterpart. With the two organisations collaborating, Eggsy, in partnership with Agent Whiskey (Pedro Pascal), aims to find and destroy the mysterious crime group known as ‘The Golden Circle’, which is led by the highly unstable Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore). In terms of its plot, The Golden Circle is a great sequel. Everything about the film is bigger than the first with the lore being built upon, more locations being visited, a vast array of likeable characters being introduced and a real step up in terms of action and excitement. The church set piece from the first movie is the real standout for many people and with The Golden Circle, we are treated to two or three more sequences that are just as impressive. The introduction of the Statesman is also welcome and comes with some creative new tropes that mirror the first film such as baseballs for grenades and electrified lassos as weapons.
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