Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Writers: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons

Composers: Henry Jackman, Matthew Margeson

Starring: Taron Egerton, Edward Holcroft, Gordon Alexander, Mark Strong, Hanna Alstrom, Calvin Demba, Thomas Turgoose, Tobi Bakare, Julianne Moore, Keith Allen, Tom Benedict Knight, Colin FIrth, Michael Gambon, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Elton John, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal, Bruce Greenwood, Emily Watson

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.

Plot: When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

If there's a problem with the first film it's that I can't see it again for the first time.  The freshness of it played a large part of that first watch.  It's also part of what lessened my enjoyment of this one but I still dug the shit out of it.  The picture starts off with a wild and fun car chase that really gets things going.  Julianne Moore has a blast playing the big baddie.  It was a hoot getting to meet the American side of the Kingsman, the Statesman.  Seeing Jeff Bridges with lighter hair AND no facial hair is weird.  I don't know why people bitch about Channing Tatum 'barely' being in the movie when he's in it more than they lead on.  I'm just lovin' the shit out of Pedro Pascal lately.  There's tons of action, lots of funny and it's just a crazy ride from start to finish.  What they do with Elton John is fucking hilarious.  Don't think about it too hard because there are plot holes and that shouldn't detract from the movie too much.  I just let myself go along for the ride but after it was over I started thinking about a certain 'bad guy's' motivation and it turns out to be very, very weak to the point I'd normally call bullshit if it weren't so damned fun spending over two hours watching these characters do their thing.

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