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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


Kingsman [Movie Review]

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Gary “Eggsy” Unwin lives in a South London housing estate and seems headed for a life behind bars. However, dapper agent Harry Hart recognises potential in the youth and recruits him to be a trainee in the secret service. Meanwhile, villainous Richmond Valentine launches a diabolical plan to solve the problem of climate change via a worldwide killing spree.

When I first saw the trailers for Kingsman, I distinctly remember turning to my friend in the cinema and saying “well, that looks shit”. I’ll be honest, the main thing that put me off was the chavy character of Eggsy, it just didn’t appeal to me. I thought it would be really cringey to watch.Since it’s release though all I’d heard was how good this film actually was though. So, I decided to give it ago.

Was I right in thinking it would be awful? Nope! Not by a long shot. Kingsman, is brilliant. There I said it. Review over.

Oh, you wanted slightly more? Fineeeeee.

Kingsman is basically, old school ridiculous Bond but for the modern audience. It’s plot line in silly, it’s characters are over the top and it’s violent. It’s actually a perfect recipe.

Right, most importantly. I thought the character of Eggsy would be awful and put me off completely. He’s actually a pretty cool chap. Colin Firth is on top form and Samuel L Jackson as the films villain is also great. The rest of the supporting cast, which is incredibly strong, features Michael Caine and Mark Strong to name a few.

The film is stylish, entertaining and funny. The action is also great. I really mean it. The church and bar scenes are awesome. Choreographed to perfection. I really can’t sing this movies praises enough!

There’s already a sequel in the works and I can’t wait. What a turn around! It’s got quite a few big names attached but hopefully it won’t feel too bloated or be reduced to silly cameos that clog the plot.

Look at me getting all protective of a franchise I thought I’d hate!

Verdict: Thumbs Up