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Kingsmen: The Golden Circle

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kingsmanposter_0When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the remaining Kingsmen’s journey leads them to their US counterparts, called Statesmen.

Kingsmen: The Secret Service is one of my favourite films, not just recently, but ever. I think it is simply fantastic. It was fresh, fun and brutal. I actually thought from the original trailers that I would hate it, but boy was I proven wrong. In fact, I’ve watched that film countless times and have been looking forward to this sequel ever since.

As a result I actually risked over hyping its potential to myself and perhaps as a result of this I did start getting a little concerned about the quality the second film in the franchise could produce. To be honest, I’d almost convinced myself that this film would fail horribly and be awful. It was a clear case of lowering my expectations so that I wouldn’t be too disappointed. I need not have worried, Kingsmen: The Golden Circle is a cracking film.

Now admittedly, The Golden Circle is not as good as the original, but you know what? Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was not ‘quite’ as good as the original either but that does not make either of them bad films. Far from it, this second outing is a highly enjoyable romp throughout that keeps a lot of the charm whilst also going a bit more bonkers at times. The argument will be that what was once fresh, new and different is now known and expected but Kingsmen 2 delivers on those moments of similarity and doesn’t feel like a re-tread of what we’ve already seen.

In Julianne Moore we have another excellent and eccentric villain and the action is as brutal as ever. Sure, it’s a little over the top at times and often ridiculous but when you’re having fun with it, who really gives a damn? Plus it still has that brilliant, now iconic (in my opinion) camera work for the fight and action scenes. Granted nothing is likely to ever top the original church scene with Colin Firth or that bar brawl just because they were so iconic and well executed in the original.

All of the returning characters are still a lot of fun and the new additions from The Statesmen are great too. Plus there are a number of surprises as well as a hilarious cameo too.

Honestly, if you enjoyed the first film you will enjoy the second one and if you have not seen the first one. Firstly, why not? Secondly, do so. Thirdly, then go and see this film because you will also enjoy this one. It’s really that simple.

Verdict: Thumbs Up


The Hateful Eight [Film Review]

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hqdefaultRacing toward the town of Red Rock in Wyoming, bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth and his fugitive prisoner encounter another bounty hunter and a man who claims to be a sheriff. Caught in a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. Greeted there by four strangers there are now eight travellers, but they may not all make it to their destinations.

Quentin Tarantino makes good movies. It’s as simple as that. Most people will see his films based on his name alone. Yet he has a certain style that critics will break down into simply gore and swearing. Fans know he’s more than that.

the_hateful_eightThat said, if you don’t like hearing the N word, even if it fits the time in history and the characters portrayed, then some scenes might be difficult for you. As for the gore aspect, personally I think some of it wasn’t really needed. It’s a little silly and over the top in the usual Tarantino way but it doesn’t distract from the plot either. So I’d chalk it up as neither a hindrance or a positive.

As always Tarantino’s ace up his sleeve is his use of dialogue. He’s just fantastic at writing and directing it. He gets performances from actors that not many can. Tarantino is one of the few directors who can have you sitting there for hours, just watching people talk and still have you hanging on every word. It’s amazing.

The films score is also terrific, no doubt about it. Hell, it just won a Golden Globe for best original soundtrack!

Overall The Hateful Eight is a suspenseful, fun and intriguing movie that blows through its three hours and seven minute run time before you even know it. Which, that statement alone, proves how good it is.

Verdict: Thumbs Up.