The Joxer Film Review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Directed by Matthew Vauhgn and written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman,Kingsman: The Golden Circle follows on from the successful first film [which I didn’t “get”] with the cast of Taron Egerton,Mark Strong and Colin Firth reprising their roles as British secret service agents known as The Kingsman..
After a devastating missile attack on their headquarters,Eggsy [Egerton] and Merlin [Strong] find themselves seeking the help of their American counterparts The Statesman,led by Champagne [Jeff Bridges] as they battle the evil baddies known as The Golden Circle led by Julianne Moore’s wickedly nasty Poppy Adams and her herd of henchmen as she tries to take over the world from her secluded tropical jungle stronghold via her deadly drug empire that has gripped the planet.Will Egsy and Co save the day and also save the planet?
This is a wonderfully witty follow-up to the first film.The action delivers on all fronts with a stylishly slick sub-humour to back it up from the word go.It’s not as subtle as the first film and doesn’t need to be as everything packs a punch with the focus being on “the bigger the better” and all logic thrown out the [cab] window from the off.
The tongue is firmly in the cheek as everyone involved goes for it head to head with gags [and gagging] flowing from left,right and centre as the satirist version of James Bond bursts forth out of the starting blocks and never eases up.
The action scenes are outrageously over-the-top [as is the film in general] and romps it’s way through various situations including a cringe-worthy Glastonbury scene and a ski-slope shenanigans that will have your head spinning in all directions..
A couple of special mentions,one for Pedro Pascal as Whiskey [with an e] who very nearly steals the show from the main cast with his Burt Reynolds Bandit-inspired cowboy portrayal and another mention for a glam rock legend [who shall remain nameless on here,no spoilers] who does steal the screen every time he is on it,a wonderful cameo performance that will have you howling with laughter..
The film itself doesn’t take itself seriously at all and neither should the viewer for it does exactly what it says on the tin.It is a fast-paced romp of a film that will have you laughing and cringing in equal doses as the toilet humour [literally] jumps at you from all angles.The action scenes defy belief [and gravity] and the film itself is one of the funniest films I’ve seen this year.
on the downside,the people involved with this film must have banged their heads against the wall when Logan Lucky was released only a few weeks ago and realised that both films feature the same song heavily throughout.It does take the edge out of this film as all I could imagine was Logan Lucky instead..
All in all though this film is highly enjoyable and I was totally surprised by how much I did enjoy it considering I didn’t like the first film.
If you just want a very silly,tongue in cheek,toilet humoured slapstick comedy with great action scenes then this is the film for you..
Joxer Film Rating
A whisk[e]y wonderful