Matthew Vaughn’s sequel to his thrilling comedy, Kingsman: The Secret Service is just as thrilling and entertaining. While not necessarily better than its predecessor, it still has all the same elements that make it fun, entertaining, hilarious, and endlessly rewatchable. Taron Egerton comes back as Eggsy and seems to be a Kingsman pro. When the Kingsman’s headquarters are destroyed, they team up with another group of secret service members known as the Statesmen. Whiskey, (Pedro Pascal) Champ, (Jeff Bridges) Ginger, (Halle Berry) and Tequila (Channing Tatum) are all members of the Statesmen and seem to share the same interests as the Kingsman. All wearing cowboy hats, they ban together with the Kingsman to defeat their common enemy, Poppy (Julianne Moore) and her drug dealing bandits. Poppy made it her mission to get people to take her unknown deadly drug, and for some reason, put those who disobey her into a meat grinder.
What makes the Kingsman franchise so entertaining is how unique the plots are. The first film is incredibly unique in its screenplay and Kingsman: The Golden Circle has those same unique elements but adds even more unique characters. The cast in this film is unforgettable. It is completely full of fantastic actors and actresses and each performance brings something unique to the table. There is even a humorous surprise guest, which ends up being one of the best parts of the movie.
There are plenty of fantastic action sequences, especially at the climax. The action is thrilling and fun enough to keep us entertained, but the screenplay and the humor are the areas in which this movie shines its brightest. The movie is wildly hilarious, especially with the surprise special guest. While the humor can at times be cheesy, it still makes the film worth the watch.
The only downside to this film is the fact that the first third can be a bit slow. It slowly introduces us to the story and the new characters but once that takes off, it is smooth sailing from there and remains wildly entertaining. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is not better than its original, but it keeps us just as entertained and acts as the perfect fun movie to see with your family (just not the kids).
Overall Grade: A-
Rated R for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material.