The Kingsman: The Golden Circle 2017 7 out of 10
This sequel started off with a bang. The opening action sequence was over the top, exciting, thrilling and super fun to watch. The Kingsman series sits somewhere between Austin Powers and In Like Flynt and Max Helm in tone. It is like a James Bond parody with more extreme cartoon violence. Unlike my podcast co-host who disliked this sequel I enjoyed it. I didn't think it was as good as the first one mainly because the middle section of the film dragged a little and the main plot wasn't as interesting. The Stateman U.S. version was a good concept, but Channing Tatum who was basically a cameo instead of a new main character. If the film could have sustained some of the momentum that it began with it could have been much better.
The over the top action sequences are the best part of these films. The opening car chase was incredible and included a small tribute to the classic Raiders truck scene. The ending sequence that included a showdown in the drug dealer's 1950's town hidden in a Cambodian ruin was totally fun and silly at the same time. There was a giant rolling Donut that they used for cover a la Temple of Doom with the gong. Elton John in a feather outfit in a bowling alley protecting one of the Kingsman from a robot dog. I enjoy the series and would definitely tune in for a third round. Hopefully the third film will have a stronger storyline than this film did. Because this crazy action with the right story could be incredible.
If you enjoyed the original you will probably enjoy this one as well and yet may feel like you were expecting something a little bit more.
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