Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
After thwarting evil and saving the world, Eggsy Urwin (Taron Egerton) has settled into his life as a full-fledged Kingsman agent, taking the up title of Agent Galahad from his fallen mentor Harry Hart (Colin Firth). While not working a secret agent, Eggsy also finds the time to spend with his girlfriend, the Swedish Princess Tilde (Hanna Alstrom), who seems to be hitting at something more in their relationship. However, after a run-in with a rejected Kingsman hopeful Charlie Hesketh (Edward Holcroft), disaster shakes the young agent’s world when a drug cartel known as the Golden Circle, led by Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), delivers a devastating blow to the Kingsman organization. The remaining Kingsman agents, including Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong), make their way to Kentucky to meet the Statesman, an American secret service led by Champagne (Jeff Bridges), and finding a helping hand with fellow Statesman Agents Tequila (Channing Tatum), Whiskey (Pedro Pascal), and Ginger Ale (Halle Berry). Joining forces with the Statesman, Eggsy is exposed to a different type of spy game, reuniting with his mentor, Harry, who’s alive and suffering from amnesia. As Poppy plans for world domination unfold in the form tainted drugs, Eggsy and the Statesman rush into battle, hoping to infiltrate Poppy’s plans and save the world from global disaster.
Expect a lot of visual action set pieces with a mixture of fast-paced close-ups and some over-the-top violence sequences. The jokes and some of its crude humor are also very much in-tuned with the first movie, with a couple of laugh-out-loud moments to be had, within the context of spy-action drama
The cast in The Golden Circle sees the return of several main characters from The Secret Service, finding the characters of Eggsy, Harry (Galahad), and Merlin return to save the world once again. Actor Taron Egerton, known for his roles in Eddie the Eagle, Legend, and Sing, returns to the character of Eggsy Unwin, main protagonist character in both Kingsman films, finding the character to be a bit more of a seasoned Kingsman agent and continuing his journey as he matures in both the spy world and as an individual young man. Egerton performance is also great, providing enough youthful charisma and fun bits to make the character of Eggsy endearing to watch from start to finish.
Next, Colin Firth, known for his roles in The King’s Speech, A Single Man, and Pride and Prejudice, returns as once presumed dead Kingsman agent Harry “Galahad” Hart. Lastly, character actor Mark Strong, known for his roles in (Sherlock Holmes, The Imitation Game, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) continues to be a great supporting character as the Kingsman tech support agent, Merlin. His character as a more stronger presence in The Golden Circle than in the first film and even shares a counterpoint connection with new Statesman character of Ginger Ale. All in all, the return of these three actors (Egerton, Firth, and Strong) and of their respective characters makes The Golden Circle a solid one endeavor, with each one bringing a sense of fun and charisma to the spy-action proceedings.
Of the new characters in The Golden Circle, perhaps the best is lies within the movie’s villain…the sweet and charming, but psychopathic drug cartel “Queenpin” antagonist Poppy Adams. Played by actress Julianne Moore. Also, Pedro Pascal, known for his roles in The Great Wall, Narcos, and Game of Thrones, Pascal does a fine job as strongest represented Statesman agent and Channing Tatum (Magic Mike, 21 Jump Street, and Logan Lucky) gives his respective character his right amount of nuances and charming.
Anyway, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a fun follow-up sequel and proves that the series has some staying power in the cinematic world.