Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Film Review

Rating: 2 / 5 stars

What’s it about?
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service that released in 2014 and is directed by Mathew Vaughn. It stars Taron Edgerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Halley Berry, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum and Mark Strong among others.
The film follows the adventures of Eggsy, a hotshot Kingsman agent, as he goes about trying to find the perpetrators who are responsible for the destruction of the Kingsman organization operating out of England and the death of all his friends and colleagues. With no resources to back him in his investigation, he and Merlin, the only other surviving agent, go to Kentucky, USA to seek the help of their cousin organization, The Statesmen. Together they have to find and stop a multi-billion organization which has nefarious designs for the world at large. How they manage to do this is what the film is all about.

What’s Good?
Most of the action sequences in the film are innovative and good, but do not match up to the level of the church action sequence from the first film. A few of the jokes induce laughter from the viewer. The make of the film is good and the film has a richness to it that comes from having a bigger budget. VFX is decent in most places, although most of it is noticeable.

What’s Not?
One of the problems with the film is that there are too many characters that are introduced during the course of the film with no backstory or screentime, and this doesn’t let the viewer invest in their fate. The story feels like it is a rehash of the first one for the most part. It loses steam after the first fifteen minutes and concentrates on different subplots, before switching back to the main plot in the last act of the film. Another problem is that despite having a bigger budget, this film feels smaller in scope in terms of stakes than the first film. The tone of the film has a weird dual nature where it alternates between being serious to being completely spoofy. One a more personal note, I had a problem with the completely unnecessary tragic fate of a major character at the end of the film. The scenes leading up to this incident and the scenes following it are in complete spoof mode, but this particular segment comes out of the blue and I felt was completely unnecessary in the context of the film.

Unlike the first film where Colin Firth stood out for his suave act, this film does not have any memorable performances. Taron Edgerton gives a performance that is very much like that in the first film. He is bearable, but does nothing to stand out in this ensemble cast. Colin Firth is great in the scenes that he is in, but the writing for these scenes is not as impactful as it was in first film, making them very generic. Pedro Pascal has the most fleshed out role in the film and he has done a good job. Mark Strong is good in his limited role. Julianne Moore’s performance has legitimate Bond villain vibes to it, but again her role is limited. Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Halle Berry are completely wasted with about five minutes of screentime each. Rest of the cast is OK in their respective roles.

Final Word
An average film which bores you through its entire middle act, this film fails to live up to the hype and is only for hardcore Kingsman fans.

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