Sunday, October 8, 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle - Movie Review

Genre: Action, Comedy

Director:  Matthew Vaughn

Starring: Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore

My Rating:  ★★★

Synopsis: When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

My Thoughts: Kingsman: The Golden Circle was a fast paced, humorous, yet slightly bloated sequel and one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Its predecessor, Kingsman: The Secret Service, was an unexpected hit and is now one of my all time favorite movies. I have a secret place in my heart for spy movies and the Kingsman series utilizes all of the spy tropes in the best way possible. This sequel is no different. With the exception of clunky moments, this movie did not let me down. I was laughing and smiling the whole way though. Now I know that this movie has been hit hard by the critics, and I do understand some of what they are saying. I agree that the movie had some weird writing and the handling of certain characters was less than desirable, but I still found that this didn't affect my overall enjoyment of the movie.

One of the things that I found most impressive about this movie was the cinematography. It was beautiful, clean, and seamless... especially in the epic and very stylistic fight scenes. It is these fight scenes that I, personally, think Kingsman is known for. I think everyone remembers that amazing one-shot church scene from the first movie and went into this movie hoping for more of that. AND WE DID! I also really enjoyed Julianne Moore's take on her villainous, Poppy Adams. She portrayed this character as sweet as sugar, while being despicable and literally disgusting at the same time. This is not a feat that is easy for most actors and Moore did it with ease and beauty. The final thing I want to mention is how much I loved that they incorporated Eggsy's love interest, who is introduced in the first movie. One spy trope that this movie did not follow is that Eggsy stayed in a relationship. Too many times the spy is a womanizing player who prefers to "hit it and quit it" because he doesn't want to risk his secret identity. Eggsy loves his lady and wanted the best of both worlds.

Overall, I think everyone should watch Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The movie has it's problems but it was still SO enjoyable. I honestly don't understand how some of the critics are not having a great time while watching this movie. If you are looking for something action packed or a movie that would be great for a date night... look no further. I think that this would satisfy those criteria and you will walk away with a smile on your face.

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