Lamar reviews - Kingsman: The Golden Circle

September 29, 2017
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

You know when you ride the new rollercoaster at the amusement park for the first time and it absolutely takes your breath away?  That’s because as you slowly go up the first big incline you don’t know what’s over the top and around the corner.  When you come back a year later you can’t wait to get on that ride because it was so awesome.  When the ride is over you realize it was fun but since you had already ridden it you knew what to expect so you didn’t get the great experience you were remembering.  That’s what Kingsman: The Golden Circle is.

When I first saw the trailer for the first Kingsman I couldn’t wait to see it and it surpassed all of my expectations.  I did something I rarely do, I saw it again at the theater a week later.  I thought it was a gutsy move to kill off Colin Firth’s character which would really hurt a sequel.  After it was such a hit and made so much money I’m sure writer and director Matthew Vaughn was like “what have I done?”  Well, the first Kingsman made $414 million so through the awesome healing powers of economics Colin’s character Harry is alive!  

The first one did so well it wasn’t so hard to get some big names to come on board.  There are 5 Oscar winners in this movie.  Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, and Elton John.  And just for good measure Channing Tatum.

When the world’s biggest drug dealer Poppy Adams, played by Julianne Moore, decides she will take her business to the next level by lacing her product with a poison and hold all the world leaders, beginning with the US President, hostage with the antidote.  Her biggest problem is The Kingsmen so she kills them all except for Eggsy, played by Taron Egerton and Merlin, played by Mark Strong who by the way probably delivered the best performance of anyone.  Merlin and Eggsy join forces with their American counterpart The Statesmen.  Where the Kingsmen’s cover is a men’s clothing store in London, the Statesmen are in the liquor business in Kentucky.  The operation is run by Champagne, played by Jeff Bridges.  His agents are Tequila, played by a wasted Channing Tatum, Whiskey, played by Pedro Pascal, and Ginger Ale, played by Halle Berry.

Instead of going in a different direction than the first one, or coming up with a great storyline, they just ramped up the action and special effects.  Hey, that’s what you do when you are making a sequel to a movie that probably didn’t call for one.  And when over the top is not over the top quite enough you introduce the last person anyone would expect to have a cameo, Elton John.  At 70 the last thing you would expect is him showing up as foul mouthed ass kicking action star.

At 141 minutes it’s 30 minutes too long, Rated R for strong violence, drug content, strong language and sexual material.

It was never going to be as good the second time around, nothing is except for bacon.  If you liked the first one then you won’t hate this one.  This by far is not the worst sequel I’ve ever seen.  I’m sure they will make a third one and I’m not sure that they should.

My Score: 3 Buds

 

     

Lamar reviews - Kingsmen - The golden circle

Should you get the large popcorn for this one?