Spoilers will be served shaken, not stirred.
There are some movies where you’re supposed to turn off your brain and just have a good time. This classification of flicks sometimes becomes the hiding spot of really bad movies with disastrous plots. That is not the case of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, however.
Director Matthew Vaughn might be working with a paper-thin plot, but the casting is superb. There’s a plot by evil forces to destroy the world and Kingsman all but gets wiped out leaving the world in peril. It’s up to Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) to find help in the most unlikeliest of places (Kentucky) and thwart the nefarious plans of evil mastermind Poppy (Julianne Moore). There’s a ton of people involved, but meeting them is more than half the fun. Yes, Colin Firth returns.
One of the best things about this movie is that it rewards you for putting up with the over-the-top save-the-world storyline and gives you something awesome, albeit ridiculous and silly, to watch. It also subverts a zillion stupid ideas from a certain British secret agent and shows them for what they are: laughable. Therefore, it turns them into jokes for us to enjoy the campy developments.
In an attempt to revindicate that last final gag from the first movie, this sequel also subverts that most Bond of plots: Princess Tilde was not a throwaway character but a returning, third-dimensional person in a committed relationship with Eggsy. Of course, upon another over-the-top gag where he’s supposed to make intimate contact with person of interest Clara, the movie decides to answer one question that never worried the original 007. What if the spy needs to be intimate to plant a device on a woman but he’s fully committed to a relationship?
Recommended. The movie wants you to turn off your brain, but it mostly succeeds in making some awesome moments and ridiculous scenes happen. There’s a probably plot holes galore, and you kinda miss some characters from the previous film but it remains a solid vehicle for laughs and gags. Grab the popcorn, bring your friends and turn off your brain. You’ll be glad you did.
That will do for now.