Brains. Skill. Skipping rope?
Let me start my review with some full disclosure: I only just watched the first Kingsman movie last week. For various reasons and shameful excuses, I kept putting it off, even though I was quite aware of how awesome it was. I realize what a jerk I was, and if you will still have me, let me tell you what I think of the sequel!
The Golden Circle starts off with obligatory reacquainting with Eggsy and his friends, fellow Kingsman and girlfriend (guess who?). Actually, we jump into a pretty awesome chase that quickly reminds us of what this franchise is about: spectacular action scenes! After some tragedy, we are introduced to the “Cousin” faction, the Statesmen. Their code names follow traditional drinks, such as Ginger Ale (Halle Berry), Tequila (Channing Tatum) and their head, Champagne (Jeff Bridges, who reminds me of his role of Rooster Cogburn from True Grit).
The Golden Circle repeats its main Antagonist being a comical villain, this time Juliane Moore. Her evil lair is just something you have to see. And her choice of Celebrity hostage is almost over the top! Eggsy and Co. jet set around the world, getting into confrontations in various bars and secret mountain resort facilities. Many of the same tools and gadgets make their return, some improved. But my favorite new toy is easily the Laser Lasso (my naming). Arguably, one of the best parts of the first movie is the infamous “Church Scene”. Even I was a fan of it before I watched the entire movie proper (still shamed here). While the action in TGC doesn’t let down, there is not a scene that truly rivals it. The assault on Poppy Land does come close, but like the movie as a whole, it doesn’t retain the magic of the first.
Overall, I felt it was a good movie. Frankenculture currently doesn’t have an official ranking system (yet). But if I were to give my own, I’d call it a 7/10. Good action, seeded by comical moments and great actors. Definitely much more enjoyable if you are already a fan of the first. It released at a great time, ahead of the rush of big movies that will be coming out in a few weeks, such as Thor: Ragnarock.
Were you a fan of the first? Do you plan to see this one? Do you think I was crazy to have never watched the original until just now? Let me know in the comments and stay tuned for more reviews!