On our most recent episode of Top Five Movies I listed the Kingsman Secret Service as my favorite spy film. So, I was very excited to go and see the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle despite its fairly low Metacritic score. The film works for the most part, but the central premise is far too to real which took some of the fun out of it.
Review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Eggy (Taron Egerton) is attacked by Charlie (Edward Holcroft), a former Kingsman possible, and soon after all of the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed. This leads them to their American counterpart, the Statesman, and an evil organization called the Golden Circle.
The cast in this movie is really great. Returning members Everton, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong along with Holcroft really perform strongly. While most of the Statesman crew are essentially cameos they are mainly positive. Jeff Bridges continues to be cast as a cowboy, but it seems to almost always work so keep doing it Hollywood. Halle Berry and Channing Tatum perform fine, but is is Pedro Pascal as Whiskey who stands out the most. He does get more action sequences than the others though. Julianne Moore plays the big bad and her character is a pretty solid Bond type villain drenched in comic book villainy.
Not sure the tone works
It’s Polly’s evil plan that is so disconcerting. Spoilers about elements of the plot but not the ending at all forthcoming. Polly is a business person who opted to go into the world of drugs. Tired of be relegated to hiding because of her products illegal nature she poisons her drugs to hold the world hostage looking to change all nations drug policies essentially ending the war on drugs. So, basically anyone who engaged in any illegal drugs, including cannabis, is poisoned and the leaders of their respective countries must sign legislation legalizing everything in order for those infected to receive an antidote.
Major potential spoiler: It’s here that the fun spy film gets a little too serious and shifts the tone of the film in a dark way. The president of the United States in the film sees his as an opportunity to cleanse the world of undesirables. I won’t go into what happens from there, but this seems scenario seems all too real. While most spy films showcase their villains looking to either take over the world or destroy it, rarely is the leader of the free world depicted to see this destruction as a good thing. It felt slightly out of place in a film where our hero has to implant a tracker inside a woman…inside her!
Overall, Kingsman: The Golden Circle brings some great action delivered in a cool effects package done by some great actors. It’s not perfect nor as good as the first one, but there was a lot to enjoy in the film. Kingsman: The Golden Circle earns the Decent Watch rating.