Kingsman: The Golden Circle can't compete with the original, but it still gives us a bold, action-packed and fun spy movie. The visuals are spectacular and so are the performances, with a great cameo from the fabulous Elton John.
As good as the first film? No, not really, but then sequels rarely are. It was big and bold, but the story was a little weak. However, the movie is still very entertaining in parts, and while I perhaps wanted a little more plausibility, it may be that I had unrealistic expectations for a film of this sort. Great action, a delicious turn from Julianne Moore, a rocking soundtrack, and a mincing turn from Keith Allen (what, you expected me to say Elton?), made this a film I will go back to. So not as fresh or as funny as the original, but it could have been a lot worse. And remember, before you have a go at me for giving it a lower rating than others, manners maketh the man!
I was really disappointed by this sequel. I enjoyed the first movie as it developed the theme of polishing a diamond in the rough, an unlikely but likeable hero, with wit and clever direction and writing. This second film did the opposite, it celebrated the crass and the writing was bad - there were huge holes in the story lines, and the character arches were undeveloped or fractured by missing/unwritten elements. The heros and villians were silly without comedic intent. The only bright spots were Taron Epstein, Mark Strong and Haille Berry's rapport, and Jeff Bridges. Colin Firth's character was butchered by the writers, Elton John' s part was unnecessary, unexplained and poorly executed, This movie is just BAD, and a waste of time. I give it a 3 (bad) out of 10. [Comedy?, Action, Adventure, Spy}
Needed more Channing Tatum. Fine enough, otherwise.
I guess this is what all film-making will eventually become: crass, incoherent and repugnant.
The dumb, loud world of Mike Judge's 2006 film, 'Idiocracy' is arriving faster than predicted, and 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' is certainly helping Hollywood take a giant step closer to 'Ass: The Movie'.
As I mentioned in my Shout for the first 'Kingsman' film, there are parts of this film that will remind you of 'Movie 43', and now the producers of this sequel have fully embraced this brand of witless vulgarity. The number of big names in this film cannot conceal its latent cynicism and its sneering contempt for its audience. If you believe Sir Elton John (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) shrieking FUCK YOU at people on two different occasions is the pinnacle of hilarity, well, hold on to your butts, comedy fans, because he does it on at least three more times before the movie is done¹.
Oh, and then Elton makes an anal sex joke. Because (as you will remember from the first film) the jailed Swedish princess... yeah, yeah, holy crap, Matthew Vaughn, we get it. Find a new joke. By the way, it should be noted that Vaughn has tried to assert that the anal-sex gag in the original 'Kingsman' was "a celebration of women and of woman being empowered," which is, of course, ludicrous. There's nothing 'empowering' about a woman being imprisoned and offering anal sex in exchange for her freedom. In fact, it's a good example of coercion.
But Vaughn simply cannot contain his love for this sort of misogyny. In 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle', we are shown a finger-mounted tracker that needs to be inserted into a female target's "mucous membranes" in order to work.² As a result, we are presented with a uncomfortable close-up of a condom-wrapped finger making its way down the target's stomach and into her panties, as it makes its way toward her "mucous membranes". And then the film's triumphant score suddenly kicks in, and we watch a CGI gynecological exam as the tracker lodges itself in her vagina. Seriously? This gratuitous process takes 25 seconds to play out, but it feels endless, and I don't understand how anyone could fail to interpret this scene as anything less than a grotesque cinematic allegory for 'stealthing'.
Worse, as with the anal-sex offering princess, this is all carefully framed to appear consensual, but the woman doesn't know what she's being penetrated with, so it's actually sexual assault. And why does this scene even exist? It's not a key part of the plot. It's not an element of the comedy. It's not even played as an aspect of the genre satire (a lens one might argue that the original film's 'ᴅᴏ ɪᴛ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴀ-ʜᴏʟᴇ?' gag could be seen through). It serves no purpose other than to be degrading, and I am embarrassed for having watched it.
I could go on about all the other stuff in 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' that served no narrative purpose other than to disgust and demean and victimize (forced cannibalism, women inviting men to urinate on them, 'therapeutic' drownings, a U.S. President who views mass-murder as a political opportunity, etc.), but I'd rather forego all that in my ongoing effort to cleanse this garbage from my head as soon as possible.
¹ It's not at all like Matthew Vaughn is ridiculing the lowbrow audience of this film by pounding that button so hard and so frequently.² Which immediately raises the question: what kind of tracker would they use on a male target?
This was the WORST movie I've ever seen, since the last worst movie I've ever seen!! What a waste of time. The first movie was great, but this just blew chunks. Stupid "story" and plenty of bad acting. Dropping the F-bomb every other word doesn't make a movie funny or intelligent it just proves the writers have nothing to say. 0/10
CG was so cheap that I couldn't just stand it. Absolutely not for me, they went too cheap in many places and I had a nice nap during fighting scenes. I mean c'mon this movie could be lot better. Instead of involving USA culture in here they could involve Ireland for example. I hope next movie will be lot better.
I really enjoyed the original Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015). It took itself just seriously enough to poke fun at the spy thriller genre, but with tongue firmly in cheek. Though over-the-top in parts, it never went too far. The story stayed grounded enough to be an effective genre buster. Come for the action, stay for the riffs on James Bond.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle, though… There's a certain irony to this film's "Manners maketh man" scene, considering how poor its characters' manners are. The words "fuck", "shit", and so on absolutely litter the script. Sometimes a single line of dialogue manages to cram in half a dozen. I'm not sure even a single character escaped the "Fuck" train. Pretty much everyone seems to say it at least once.
Honestly, the writing just came across as lazy. That's yet another irony, because I'm sure the writers were working harder than ever trying to repeat the first film's formula and create a worthy sequel. Sadly, they failed. Cursing doesn't make a joke funny—unless it's already funny, then maybe a well-timed "Fuck!" can restart the giggles when they begin to subside.
The film's treatment of its female characters didn't help my opinion, either. Everyone doing anything of the "saving the world" variety was a man. Now, I'm a man too, and one of the things I really appreciated about 2015's Kingsman film was Roxy. I thought having a female spy working alongside Eggsy et al was part of the genre-busting, given that women usually only get "damsel in distress" roles in classic spy flicks. But in this go-around, Roxy isn't part of the picture (she's taken out along with all the other Kingsman agents near the beginning) and I'm afraid Ginger Ale—Halle Berry's real character name *gag*—couldn't make up for that.
All of this—plus the cheap-looking CGI—made for a very long 141 minutes.
Allegedly, the next Kingsman film (due out next year) won't even have Eggsy in it. This film killed off Merlin. I'm not sure what results the producers are expecting by replacing basically the entire core cast, considering what happened after they dumped most of them already for this go-around. I'll probably still watch the next film, but I expect it will be as bad as this one, if not worse.
Not nearly as good as the first one but still entertaining. Maybe a bit too long. Suffers from all the typical sequel problems by trying to outdo its predecessor by overdoing almost everything, by just adding more without adding something new. And Julianne Moore is no SL Jackson. Best thing really was Elton John.
Not as good as the first one but keeps you entertained...
Entertaining and always fun to watch. Not as great as the first one.
"F**k you!" - Quote by Academy Award Wining Elton John
I remembered back on it's release of the first Kingsman and how refreshing it was. Nothing about it broke any ground and isn't flawless, but manages to have a unique quality by taking well known troops in spy movies, and putting it's own spin. The villain was threating, another underdog story and it following old spy tropes. Basically things that could've been bad if put in the wrong hands, turned into a surprise hit.
"The Golden Circle" on the other hand is pretty much the adult version of Spy Kids. It focus more on jokes than brains. It dose what every sequel dose and that's try to be bigger and bolder. To be honest, it doesn't feel like Matthew Vaughn directed this and he normally avoids sequels, I now know why. Despite it not fully living up to the first, I still found enjoyment within the stupidity.
Landing more into the guilty pleasure side of things.
Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, and maybe Elton John were the highlights of the movie. Since Firth is absence for half of the movie, Egerton and Strong fill in that lovable chemistry that was in the first. Giving everything their got. And of course Elton John was great like always.
Colin Firth and the character Harry Hart are what made the first film so great. Not the usual type casting for an actor like Firth and it surprised many of us. As I said before, he's mostly absence for half of the film until he finally comes back when the plot needs him. The whole thing with him being shot in the eye, however in the first movie you can clearly see the bullet going through his head and the idea of a evil twin brother doesn't sound too bad. Anywhere, none of it makes sense, but I'm glad to see him back even if he didn't do much.
The actions scenes are once again top notch, especially the car chase at the beginning and final sentence. A little bit too quick to see things at times and I wish they was some build up behind it.
While not as compelling as Samuel L. Jackson character, but Julianne Moore was pretty decent as the villain. Of course Moore puts it all into everything shes in. Playing the psychotic housewife stuck in the 50's and doing some graphic things to get her way. It's weird there's a point in the film where she completely disappears only to re-appear in the third act, and I forget she was in this at one point.
The same goes with Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges who are barley in the film. I heard there's a longer cut of the movie and I wonder if any of them had extra scenes, because who knows until actually get something. I mean, isn't Vinnie Jones suppose to be in this?
The plot itself when reading it out doesn't sound like a real movie. Some have already said it's self aware and how it's spoofing old spy movie. I can see that, but the movie is becoming the thing it's mocking. Trying to be smart on the political side of things and failing hard. Force humor and call backs for no reason.
But those are the problems I had which is a lot.
Overall Rating: MANNERS MAKETH MAN. OR NOT.
There is a fine line between being stylistically over-the-top and coming off as contrived. This one wandered into the latter territory at times (particularly the Statesmen bits), but on the whole, it was a fun ride.
EDIT: After seeing this a second time it is still a lot of fun with over the top action and humor. Still needs more Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges.
First off, if you didn't like the first then this one isn't going to win you over. It is the same crazy action with some dirty humor and over the top plot. There aren't many movies that have the same stylized action scenes like Kingsman (even though there wasn't a scene like the church scene from the first). All the cast were great included the great Elton John. Not as great as the first, which I think is one of the best action movies of the last decade, but still a worthy follow up and I can't wait for the sequel.
Now for some spoilers:I'm sad that they killed Roxy so quickly. If they can bring Harry back I hope they bring her back in the third. I laughed my ass off when I saw that Eggsy was dating the princess who let him do it in the asshole. By the end of the movie he married her and now is a prince, I wonder how that will play into the next. I thought Merlin's death was sad but built up very well and that led into the best scene of the movie. Julianne Moore's villain wasn't as good as Samuel L. Jackson's but I still thought she had some creepy style. Needed more statesman. We got a lot of Pedro Pascal but not enough Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum, maybe next movie.
In my opinion the first one was far superior, this isn’t a bad movie, it’s just ok.
Not as good as the first but entertaining
I actually really enjoyed this movie, when I thought it wouldn't be that good. The dialogue reminds me a little of "attack the block" which makes it all the more funny to see the contrast with the supposedly smooth upper class spies. The americans where a bit overdone but aren't they always...? :) Very funny Cameo from Elton John throughout much much swearing and hilarity. Overall I thought this was a great attempt after the first brilliant film.
Not as good as the first one, but definitely still worth a watch.
Big fan of the first. Sadly this is no match. Too many characters and gross out humour which felt out of place and cheap. Good fight scenes, awful cameos and special effects. Wasted talent.
Awesome, Funny, really good movie.I'm glad we have Henry back, but come on why will they kill Marlin?? He was such an amazing guy. I'm going to miss him.Agent Tequila was funny and hot.Let's hope to see more of these agents.
So much talent going on before as well as behind the camera, it’s just not funny. The editing and direction enhances the action scenes, it’s funny and you won’t be bored for the running time..I do think some scenes play out a bit too convenient at some points but everyone involved delivers an expertly crafted piece of filmmaking, it’s a blast to watch..! Recommended sequel to the already great first film..!
My eyes actually hurt after this movie – I just had to roll my eyes so hard and often because of all the nonsense happening… Just a bad movie with horrible plot similar to the first one…
Despite loving the first one, I foundthis installment to be predictable, redundant, and unnecessary. It was so juvenile, a better title would've been "Spy Kid".
As other said, it's not as good as the original, but makes bold moves all its own. Have you ever wondered what it'd be like to have Sessions as president instead of Trump? Or Paul Ryan as the kiss-up general, instead of the kiss-up congressman? Now you can find out! With that said, Channing Tatum deserved a bigger role, but boy were Whiskey's fight scenes great. This movie was action-packed, full of permanent consequences, and a somewhat twist ending the president getting impeached for sanctioning millions of deaths, instead of being blindly praised for when the infected people were cured. If you don't want politics, then you might want to be wary of this movie, as the focus is largely on the U.S. executive branch and its response with 'War on drugs'. But, there will be a lot of sad parts, and uplifting parts, and ending is just great for Eggsy!
Expect new gear, new weapons, new agents, and Elton John kicking ass -- and may the 3rd film be just as great.
That's how you do a sequel. All the charm and style of the original, whilst expanding the universe in a meaningful way. I do feel slightly for Taron Egerton, since he is the main character but has third billing.
As for the story. A decent enough plot. First one is was tech based, this one drugs, I guess the third will be more straightforward war based? Not sure what angle they can pull for a villain in the third. My only minor criticism is how easily they discovered Poppy's compound but that's about it. Original villains, great concepts and fantastic visuals make this a memorable adventure.
still good, but without the initial surprise, I think the level goes down a bit. Colin Firth's take it out of his sleeve
Unfortunately not quite as good as the first film, but has plenty of fun action. Some characters deserved better, though.
After the huge success of the first movie, I was afraid this would just be a stupid money-grabbing sequel. But it's not. I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend watching it in theaters.
Well It tops the first, strong has whisky, and a strong cast and so better with It's action, humour, gadgets, CGI, and sound track, also a special guest playing himself made the film so much better.
oh boy, Elton John is funny !
It's not so great as the first film, but still watchable.
Will be waiting for the third movie of this same title. Awesome night because of this.
awesome movie but the first one is the best one but still amazing
The first one is so good and creative, but this one is boring and not even fun to watch.
...surprisingly good and entertaining, hope to have another sequel...
Thus movie was an utter can of trash
Boring, uninteresting, dull, etc. I think the kingsman movies are for 6 years old autists.
Not the same excellence as the first one. Not as funny, not as violent, and the effects seem cheaper.
Does this make Kingsman: The Golden Circle a bad movie?!?
Since the comedy is of the same "low" variety as the first one, it has at least some of what the first one had. It might not be on the same level of greatness as the first Kingsman, but it's a fun 2 hours.
If you like this kind of "over-the-top" action and black comedy this might be right down your alley...
country roooaad, take me hooomee
Unlike popular opinions I prefer this to the original :D Its funny and entertaining.
Kingsman. El círculo de oro
Moins bien que le « 1 »... mais divertissant quand même
Weird story. Reminds me of Bond movies of the 60s. BUT, great acting, great action scenes which means awesome movie.
Minor annoyances where the sentimental nonsense scenes which ended in, oh, yes, you are right, that was stupid. But that was minor.
I enjoyed it...ok for a sequel
Nearly held my attention on a number of occasions.
The first was a blast with the over the top action still being enjoyable. Kingsman 2, however, is just Bollywood at this point. I was hyped to watch this but instead fell asleep before it even finished. Shame that the sequel was such a disappointment.
A little long, but a total blast, like the first. Fun, ridiculous comic book/spy action. Feels like a movie version of James Bond Jr. Love the addition of the American characters.
It would way too positive to say that this sequel is a second rate offering compared to the first. The first Kingsman blended action with good acting, a good script, credible characters and good effects providing an all round enjoyable, if completely unbelievable, movie.
With Golden Circle, for some reason they thought it would be a good idea to adapt the storyline to blend in some Cockney barrow-boy (the word BOY really needs to be emphasised) spiv with a penchant for saying f**k and 'bruv' every 5 minutes as the lead character. A bizarre character who seems to swing from being a switched on savvy, highly trained and educated spy to a 'do ya 'fink I'm 'fick or wot?" playground teen' who'd be more at home playing someone's recalcitrant brat in an episode of East Enders. For what reason exactly? It's not charming, funny or clever and seems to serve no purpose whatsoever. All it serves to do is to make the appearance of the male lead actor in 'juvenile prat' mode something to be dreaded and endured rather than enjoyed. CRAP!
23 jump street is not the same without Jonah Hill
Would give 8, but gains one point for the camera during fights. No other movie was this good this year, at least.Also no forced gay or racial equity - such a rare thing these days! So you know what? It is a 10.
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6 out of 10
Overall I would rate this equally as the first one, just as excellent.However, this one hasn't the horrible acting of Samuel L. Jackson, which made the first movie extremely hard to watch.I still don't know if he did that on purpose, as he usually is a great actor.Anyhow, because of that, this deserves a very worthy 9 out of 10, as it's a genuinely fantastic action-comedy.
A solid sequel, but relied too heavily on references to the first one. (The best reference to the first one was the "backstage pass" line.) Aside from that, too many leaps in logic, and Whiskey's lightsaber lasso was just too bizarre. Otherwise, lots of fun.
Too. Much. CGI. Even worse: Too much bad CGI. Half the movie looked computer animated.
‘’Manners maketh man’’ that’s all I have to say .
It's a great movie in my opinion. Matthew Vaughn is really visionary with his fight and action scenes. The moving camera in direction and angle of the motion plus the perfect fluid and discreet cuts which gives the action scenes the appearance of a one take establish a fluid and dynamic picture. This fact and the bright coloring cause a comic asthetic. The action choreos, stunt scenes and gadgets fit perfect in.
I also like the meet of noble british Kingsman and the rooted in the soil american Statesman. I only see the movie in german tongue, so i don't get the different accents. I will watch in OV too because i think the accents could be hilarious.
Waiting for a good quality HD upload in English to watch :)
Entertaining, great action scenes and on-point humor. Not as good as the first of course, mainly because Samuel L. Jackson did such a great job as villain and I didn`t commit as much to Poppy, and some scenes were so aburd even for a kingsman movie. All for all, it was worth the watch.
Not as good as the first. Did the best I could, given what the first film left. Great action scenes again.
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