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Movie Review: Kingsman – The Golden Circle

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.

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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.

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Movie Review: Kingsman, The Secret Service

(Source: 20th Century Fox)

(Source: 20th Century Fox)

Spoilers ahead. Don’t worry about it. Not that kind of film, bro.

I will give it to you as short as sweet as I can. It’s not a super-original film. Well-seasoned super agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) brings in young brash cocky young potential Eggsy (Taron Egerton) to see if he has what it takes. Meanwhile, the entire world is threatened by megalomaniac mastermind Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson).

The movie is a nod, a wink and nudge into the golden age of the suave and sophisticated British spy movies. Think campy James Bond, full of gadgets aplenty. Eggsy will have to pass a rigorous training while things start to fall down and the world will need to be saved for graduation.

It’s fun. It’s campy. It’s full of fights, some falling a little too much into the violent side. A particularly bloody one inside a church was apparently cut down for South American audiences to avoid angering religious sensibilities.

One unnecessary scene at the end should have ended in the cutting room floor. A captive dignitary, a princess nonetheless, who resisted the easy way to save herself, actually offers sexual favors to the young new hero if he saves the world. Nothing new, except that a) went against the established character and b) she doesn’t know this person, nor witnesses his efforts to save the world. I know, back off. Just a movie, but still. It really worked fine without this scene.

Furthermore, the real end scene appearing in the middle of the credits does work a lot better as a finale. I’d prefer if they had kept this one in and taken the unnecessary scene out.

Recommended with reservations. Not enough reservations to not see it, because they are not integral to the plot but then again why not leave them out altogether?

Highs:

  • A lot of the old style gentleman spy movies comes forth on the screen. Yes, Colin Firth does play his role to perfection. Michael Caine and Mark Strong also make strong (I had to) appearances.
  • Roxy (Sophie Cookson) does play a strong character, up to the point where she needs help from Taron’s character. She does end up overcoming her own fears though. She is given a mission to help save the world, albeit a bit of a lonely one.
  • Samuel L. Jackson plays the megalomaniac villain. He does a good job to the very end, even trumping up some villain cliches in the process.
  • Cameo role by Mark Hamill.

Lows:

  • Princess Tilde (Hannah Alstrom) does seem to play strong character when introduced to Valentine. Then she’s a completely different character at the end of the movie. Yes, I know the movie is a male fantasy. Why abandon subtlety?
  • It’s up to Roxy to make sure that Eggsy’s mom doesn’t kill her own little girl when the world goes crazy. Really? Wouldn’t it be Eggsy’s job to do this? Wouldn’t it be more believable for him to be doing that call and convincing his mom to close the door and throw the key?
  • The scene in the middle of the credits, when Eggsy finally goes to save his mom loses a little credibility because of the other two low points mentioned. If Eggsy wants to save his mom from his evil stepdad that would’ve been the first thing he’d do after saving the world.

That will do for now.

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(Sources: 20th Century Fox)

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