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Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Movie Review: You Get What You Would Expect.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is everything you would expect it to be. Watch the trailer, if you enjoy it, you will enjoy the film. The best single word to surmise the film: Entertaining. Completely devoid of realism, it is a testament to what the super-spy genre should be, fun.

If you watched the prequel film Kingsman: The Secret Service, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect in this film - ridiculous, over-the-top action sequences to out-of-character rock songs, lethal gadgets masquerading as everyday objects, and an abundance of cartoon-esk violence. You know – the kind where you can’t help but chuckle at a room of exploding heads or people being cut in half. This film is more of the same – with the star of the violence revolving around a 50’s diner and its industrial meat grinder.

The gunplay and fight sequences are on par with the best. The characters are fun and unique, and the world the filmmakers built is original. Vaughn is able to navigate an ambitious film, all the while holding true to the original.

As far as the writing goes, the film is direct, it doesn’t strive to be anything more than it is. At times, this results in lazy writing and weak scenes, but for the most part the writers happily feed their target audience a hot pocket stuffed full of violence, action, sex, foul-language, and dark humor. A hot pocket most audience members will happily enjoy eating. Most of the characters are written as archetypes, and the actors playfully embrace them – delivering tongue-in-cheek performance.

Mark Strong and Colin Firth are truly standouts; embodying the roles they were given as no one else could have, all the while keeping the movie fun. The real star is Elton John though, whose cameo scenes are hilarious despite his rigid and rage-filled attempts to portray a fictional various of himself.

The move is in step with the original, following the same formula for success. While the first Kingsman is the transformation of our hero Eggsy from juvenile delinquent to sophisticated Kingsman Agent, this film is less of a transformation and follows his natural progression upon embracing “manners maketh man” principals.

Tough to say more about this film than what has already been said. Nothing profound or earth shattering, and it doesn’t seem like Vaughn intended it to be that way. Just a great way to spend a Friday night.

ReeYaa Grade = B

By: Hamilton | September 27, 2017
Runtime: 2h 21min
Rating: R
Wide Release Date: September 22, 2017

Production Information

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Julian Moore, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum.

Matthew Vaughn along with a majority of the cast – Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong – are British. We have to assume that they are more liberal than most American’s, and more critical of U.S. policy. Firth seems to be the most outspoken of the group politically, especially in regards to British and International politics. For the most part, all four of these blokes seem to keep their politics to themselves, and focus on making good movies, which they have. We might have a different opinion of the bunch if we lived in the United Kingdom – but I live in “Murica."

Jeff Bridges, Hallie Berry, and Julian Moore seem to tow the liberal line of the Hollywood Left, supporting Obama and an array of liberal causes. All three seem to be engaged politically in causes they support. Surprisingly, Channing Tatum seems to stay out of politics for the most part.

ReeYaa Score = Somewhat Approve

Leftist Social Engineering (LSE)

Listen, depending on where you fall on the spectrum, you will have some very strong opinions about this movie. That simple. Depending on your opinions regarding drug-legalization and criminal justice reform; you may feel like the filmmakers are supporting or attacking your point of view. Traditional conservatives and Libertarians, prepare to leave the film with the “drug war: morality v. cost debate” on your mind.

The big issue I have – is that essentially, the Nobel-Brits must save the world from the President of the United States, a war-criminal and genocidal maniac. More importantly, while not specifically stated, it is implicitly stated that he is a Republican. When we read between the lines, there is a bit of an Anti-American Theme – and that always makes me mad.

ReeYaa Score = Med

Final Thoughts

This movie should have been released earlier in the summer. Pure fun. What more can I say about an action film celebrating all-things-British?

Movie Review Grade = B
Production Information = Somewhat Approve
LSE = Med

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