I saw Kingsman: The Golden Circle with a friend. She already saw the movie. She made sure I didn’t read any spoilers beforehand which I’m grateful for, because there were a lot of surprises. I’m glad that Colin Firth coming back wasn’t one of them, though, because when I heard they were making a sequel, I thought, “Yeah, unless they bring Colin Firth back, I don’t want to watch it.” I love Taron Egerton, but the relationship between Harry and Eggsy is the foundation of Kingsman. STOP READING UNLESS YOU WANT SPOILERS.

Colin Firth and Taron Edgerton interview for the Kingsman movies.
See? They agree.

I’m also glad that I knew about the relationship between Eggsy and Tilde from the trailer, because that was the weakest part of the movie for me. Well, that and the truly TERRIBLE CG. I know it’s supposed to be an old-fashioned don’t take it too seriously spy movie, but some of the fight scenes looked like cartoons, and not in a good way. I’m thinking specifically of the first fight between Eggsy and Charlie (I think that’s his name) and aspects of the fight at the end on Poppy’s base.

Princess Tilde attempts to justify her presence the movie.
Yes, we know what that means, but did you really have to turn a running joke into an unnecessary character and storyline?

I liked all the actors and actresses, including the actress who played Tilde, but I just felt the relationship was shoehorned in. I didn’t think it was necessary, and they killed off one of the realistic relationships-the one between Roxy and Eggsy. They were platonic friends and that was great. I don’t know why Roxy AND JB AND Eggsy other friend (Brandon?) needed to die, and I don’t know why Tilde the Swedish Princess appeared more often than Colin Firth.

It’s not that I didn’t like the movie. There were aspects of it that I really like. I liked that Colin Firth came back with what was a very reasonable explanation (Did anyone else just want to hug him while he was the butterfly man? It was adorable. In that scene with him, Eggsy, and the puppy, I didn’t know which one was cutest.). I liked that, for the most part, it was Eggsy, Harry, and Merlin who were completing the mission. I was worried that there would be too much Channing Tatum (as much as I love him, action movies are REALLY not his thing), but he was in the movie less than Sir Elton John.

Sir Elton John in Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Wednesday night IS alright for fighting.

Speaking of Sir Elton John, he was a great sport to agree to that. Yes, he got paid, but his scenes were one of the funniest parts of the movie, and he didn’t have to cameo. He doesn’t need the money. I actually think that the Golden Circle was funnier than the Secret Service, although that the first movie focused more on Harry and Eggsy, which the Golden Circle should have copied. Okay, focus. I was talking about things I liked.

Julianne Moore as Poppy in Kingsman: The Golden Circle
I love villains with no redeemable qualities. Not everyone needs to be an antihero.

I liked Julianne Moore as the villain. She was delightfully insane, and unlike Samuel L. Jackson, her incredibly violent scenes seem to fit in with the movie. Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely despised the scene with the meat grinder, I wish they hadn’t used it at all, let alone twice. It made me grateful for the scene were the guy was “just” ripped apart by the robot dogs. But the meat grinder scene at least made sense in the context of the film. The fireworks head exploding thing at the end of the Secret Service was colourful and pretty to look at, but it didn’t really fit.

Charlie and Eggsy fighting. Eggsy's losing.
Chekov’s gun done right.

I liked that they brought back Charlie in a way that made sense. The writers of Sherlock could learn from the writers of Kingsman. You don’t need to bring main characters back in ridiculously random ways; it can be perfectly logical and still work. I wasn’t sure about the robot arm at first. I wondered if he was an old-fashioned Bond villain . . . or Doctor Claw from Inspector Gadget. As it turned out, though, the robot arm was integral to the plot, so well done writers.

Harry (Colin Firth) shaving.
He’s rusty, but he’s still Harry.

I liked that Harry was slow to get back his skill, but that he was right about the double agent. It would have been insanely depressing if Harry missing his targets AND shooting people for no reason. I didn’t love them making that guy super sympathetic and then throwing him into the meat grinder (Ugh. I hate even typing that.). The movie reached Django Unchained levels of unnecessary violence about two minutes in, although that’s sort of what the Kingsman movies are known for.

Eggsy trying to get Harry to remember him.
That might be true, but still.

I don’t know if I want to watch the movie again in the cinema.  I’m going to buy it, and I’m likely going to watch Kingsman: The Secret Service again. It’ll be less depressing now that I know for sure that Harry comes back…although as I’m typing, I feel kind of sad that Harry didn’t get to go and research butterflies. If anyone reading this is a fanfic writer and you take requests, how about writing a Kingsman AU where Harry does get to go on that butterfly expedition? He just seemed so excited about it.

Review overview

Characters8.5
Editing9
Music10
Plot7
Rewatchability7
Actor Bonus: Colin Firth5

Summary

7.8The music is great, as are all characters from the first movie (minus Tilde, of course), and the plot is faster-paced than the previous movie. However, the unnecessary love story is a massive problem.

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