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Movie Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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When Kingsman: The Secret Service, came out in 2014, it was one of the biggest surprises of the year. What was expected to be another sub-par spy movie, Kingsman blew audiences and critics away through its comedy and stylistically shot action scenes. Making over 120 million dollars, Kingsman: The Secret Service was a huge hit.

Three years later, Kingsman’s sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, has hit theaters and I’ll tell you right off the bat, you will not have more fun at the movies this year than you will with Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Just like The Secret Service, The Golden Circle is written and directed incredibly by Matthew Vaughn. He has directed many movies before Kingsman, such as the hit Kick-Ass and one of the best superhero movies of the decade X-Men: First Class, but has never been better than with The Golden Circle.

We have never seen fight scenes shot with so much style and heart. Fights, such as

one taking place in a moving car, are already exciting, but the intensity is shot up to an 11 thanks to the camera work. The camera flies around the actors and constantly zooms in and out in unison with punches thrown or kicks kicked, making the viewer feel like he/she is right in the middle of the action. Matthew Vaughn has hit a homerun directing this movie and it is incredible to watch.

While Matthew Vaughn is the star behind the camera, the real star of the movie is Taron Egerton. Egerton returns to the lead role as Eggsy, an unconventional spy with quick wit and athletic ability that would make LeBron James jealous. Egerton is a legend in the making. At one moment he could have you laughing until it hurts and then he will have you crying like a baby the next. This movie has so much extra stuff going on and it all should fall apart, but Egerton keeps the movie together and makes what might seem as unrealistic close to home thanks to his personality and charm. Egerton is incredible in The Golden Circle and escalates the movie to a level it wouldn’t have gone to without him.

Now, the movie has been getting mixed reviews to say the least. It currently has a 49% on “Rotten Tomatoes”. “The Guardian” gave the movie 1 out of 5 stars and I can completely understand this backlash. The Golden Circle’s plot is convoluted to say the least. They have packed this movie with so many characters that there is no room to breathe. There is the biggest deus ex machina moment I’ve ever seen which takes the viewer right out of the movie. The movie is long, loud, inappropriate, violent, profane, and could not be more politically incorrect and that’s just one of the many reasons I loved this movie.

This movie takes risks. If Matthew Vaughn thinks something will entertain the audience, he puts it in the movie, regardless of how ridiculous it is. Major characters can get killed any second and fight scenes are long and constant. The movie goes for jokes constantly, and while they don’t all land, when they do land, it’s hilarious.

With a year filled with so much negativity, The Golden Circle could not have come at a better time. Get as big a group of friends as you can, and go see one of the funniest, action-packed, and outrageous movies of the year in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. We promise you’ll have a great time.


Grade: B (good)


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Movie Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle