“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” Review

(This review contains minor spoilers. Read at your own discretion.)

I’ve taken a break from writing novel updates because a) I’ve not written that much since the last one and b) I watched “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” recently. And I have some thoughts on it.

I loved the first Kingsman movie. It was a fun, escapist action movie—like most action movies are—with brilliant acting and cinematography, beautifully choreographed fight scenes (manners maketh man, anyone?) and a healthy balance between humour and seriousness. And who could ever forget the infamous Westboro Baptist Church scene? That was by far the best bit of the first movie.

But I digress. The second movie, I thought, wasn’t as ingenuous as the first. I left the theatre with so many unanswered questions. The movie starred some incredibly talented people but ended up casting them to the sidelines, which was a major shame. I was hoping to get more Channing Tatum and Halle Berry screen time and was disappointed when that wasn’t so. I also spent a majority of my time afterwards rewriting scenes in my head because a) I thought they could’ve handled some situations better (without taking any unnecessary lives, no spoilers) and b) there were characters who had the means of doing things that the plot demanded, yet when push comes to shove, they weren’t included anyway? What gives?

Another beef I had with this movie is that they should’ve fleshed out the central characters’ better, especially the non-recurring ones, so that their motives don’t seem to come out of left field. That was a huge issue for me.

It was trying to fit too much in and, not only did was the pacing off because of it, they also sacrificed the more important bits of the plot. They tried to include a debate on the war on drugs, for Christ’s sake! I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing, but there is a time and place for everything and a fun-fest action movie is not where you want to do it. I’m just saying. Not only that, there were also subplots that were left unresolved or completely forgotten by the end. Events transpired but there was no rhyme or reason to it. It felt like it happened for either plot convenience and/or for the sake of said event being there because it would look cool, I guess.

That’s not too say I didn’t enjoy the movie. It was just as fun and action-filled as the first. I was still just as in love with the action and snappy dialogue. I found myself tapping to the soundtrack, in tune to the action, a lot. They do the whole ‘up close and personal’ with the characters really well. The first half of the movie contained many puppies and I tried so hard not to squee in the middle of the theatre (but where did they all go in the end? Are they okay?)

And how could I forget Elton John? That’s right, he was in the movie. Not even a cameo; they gave him actual lines and got involved in the whole mayhem somewhat. He wasn’t on Westboro Baptist Church scene level of awesome, but he was so much fun to watch on screen.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is a quality action movie if you’re looking for a chill night in with some mates and if you know you won’t end up thinking too much about its nonsensicality when it’s over. It’s still got the charm and wit of the first movie and had the potential to be even better than its predecessor, but unfortunately fell short in its plot and characterisation department.

If you’ve made it this far into my post, thank you for reading! Did you enjoy “Kingsman: The Golden Circle?” What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see you in my next post!

Until next time,
Dev.

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