Movie Review: Kingsmen: The Golden Circle
Updated: May 27, 2019
Agreed. I know what you are thinking. What can top the church scene in the first film? It’s a debate the MountainMan and I had before, but short of John Wick’s killing spree, we couldn’t think of anything else. But, Kingsmen was a sleeper hit for me. So how could I pass on a sequel?
“With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day, something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.”
Eggsy and Merlin return in highly anticipated sequel where a year has passed since the last film. Eggsy is now a respected Kingsmen who is dating the Princess from the ending in the last film. There is a new Headmaster at the Kingsmen, disgraced Kingsmen Charlie Hesketh is out to get Eggsy with his robotic arm and Merlin, well, and he’s still Merlin. From the get go, the film has you on your seat with an intense racing/action scene which also boasts new upgrades to Eggsy’s arsenal and also displays the comedic angles from the last film are alive and well.
However, like any other campy secret agent film, there is always a bad guy. Or erm.. Bad Woman? Julianne Moore plays the clearly insane “Home-grown” Cartel Leader, Poppy, who clearly loves the 1950’s and Happy Days. She lives in the jungle where no one can find her. But she does have her own cinema, restaurant, hair salon and etc in the middle of nowhere. Not only is she a Drug Cartel kingpin, she also runs the nefarious Golden Circle that is slowly tainting the drug supplies all over the world. Once the drugs are in the system you literally go through 4 stages of behaviors that lead to death.
However, understanding the Kingsmen would be the first to try and stop her, she wipes out all the Kingsmen with ballistic missiles. Eggsy and Merlin survived and the journey of revenge begins. Along the way, they meet their American Cousins known as the Statesmen and find out that a certain someone is alive and well.
That’s all I will spoil, but this film matches the level of epicness from the first. However, the only miss would be no competition to the Church scene. In the final act, they attempted to replicate it, but it was just not the same. Also during the time of political downfall in the states, the film pokes fun at having an ruthless/disliked POTUS, and doesn’t hide the fact they were trying to send a message. I got a good giggle out of it.