Flash Movie Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle
WALKING OUT FROM the station he was greeted by a sea of shirts all in the same color. Every single person was wearing an article of clothing close in the same shade. There were so many people that they filled the space from one side to the other; it indeed looked like there was a slow current of fluid moving away from him, reflecting a settling crimson sun on its surface. He had heard about this special event and looked up the details before committing funds and time to attend the occasion. Though he grew up in the city; the majority of his life was spent in the neighborhood he grew up in. He felt somewhat out of place to his peers because he did not have any reference points to show him he was actually okay. Making his way into the crowd of people before him, he soon discovered the feelings he had about his childhood were similar to the experiences from many of those around him. DON’T YOU FIND it interesting when you grow up feeling the experiences you had were unique to you, only to find out someone from far away had the same type of experiences? I get a kick when I meet someone from another country, in a completely different environment, who has similar feelings about common things that have happened to each of us. It shows me the borders we use to define ourselves are more transparent than we may realize. When you move away from home and set out on your own, you can discover how certain truths instilled in you have a wider definition than you believed. For example in a recent conversation I had with a friend, they shared an experience they had growing up that was so close to one I had that you would have thought the same people were involved in the incident. I was totally surprised by it in the same way the members of the Kingsman were in this action, adventure comedy. AFTER THE DESTRUCTION of their home Eggsy and Merlin, played by Taron Egerton (Eddie the Eagle, Legend) and Mark Strong (The Imitation Game, Miss Sloane), discovered their organization was not the only unique one of a kind place to work at; there was something similar halfway around the world. With Julianne Moore (Still Alice, Carrie) as Poppy, Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, Love Actually) as Harry Hart, Channing Tatum (White House Down, Magic Mike franchise) as Tequila and Halle Berry (Kidnap, X-Men franchise) as Ginger; the cast was fun to watch in this 2nd installment. I enjoyed the first one so had high hopes for this film; however, I found the script was weak and filled with strong language that was being used for cheap laughs. Maybe if I had not seen the previous movie I would have enjoyed this more, but I felt the freshness and wicked fun of the first picture was not captured in this story. There were big action scenes and crazy high tech weapons/accessories, but the whole picture felt a bit forced to me with obvious shtick. As I mentioned earlier the actors were a good choice for the roles they had; I wanted to see more depth in them. If the writers were trying to make something that would stand out and be different from other films of this type; in my opinion, they created a typical action picture.
2 ½ stars
Posted on September 25, 2017, in Thriller and tagged 2 1/2 stars, action, adventure, channing tatum, colin firth, comedy, halle berry, julianne moore, mark strong, taron egerton. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.
I totally agree with you. I liked the first one also. The f word all the time was not funny and very disappointing to me since I had my grandson with me. Of course he and his peers use that word but I agree it was not for anything but a cheap laugh. Very disappointed in this sequel.
Whoa too bad you and your grandson had to sit through this one. I hope you did not have to pay full price at least. Thank you for the comments.
I’m afraid we did, but he hadn’t seen the first one so he liked it. I liked the more subtle one. It’s strange to see English or U.K. actors using bad language so much. I prefer their versions of swearing!😂
It is so funny you mention the swearing; I sat there thinking how wrong it sounded for the British actors to use swear words. Thanks so much for the comments.
That’s why I enjoy Masterpiece Theater. .
Shame. I thoroughly enjoyed the first film but did worry that a sequel would not manage to capture that same originality and energy. It seems like it is the same problem that happened with the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel.
You are absolutely correct Laura; this one just felt lazy. Thanks for the comments.
I couldn’t agree with you more. I thought it dragged in places and was disappointed, overall.
It is nice to hear when we agree; thank you for the comments.