Words are hard to find when attempting to describe director Matthew Vaughn’s latest film, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle. However, I have found a few: repugnant and dreadful.
In this latest chapter, the audience meets up once again with Eggsy (Taron Egerton). Eggsy has grown from a tough street punk with little respect for anyone to an international spy that carries himself with style and swagger. With the death of his mentor Harry (Colin Firth), it is up to Eggsy to run the independent intelligence agency known as the Kingsman.
The future of the Kingsman intelligence agency is then put in jeopardy after all of their operatives apart from Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) are killed by a criminal organization known as the Golden Circle in a single calculated attack. Left with little options, they seek they reach out to a fellow intelligence agency known as Statesman. These two groups join forces to stop the threat and prevent disaster from happening.
The first movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service” that was released back in 2014 had a lot going for it. The film took a new look at the spy thriller and put its own twist on it. The story was fairly decent, and the characters were people that you cared about. However, in this latest chapter, the story seemed labored, mostly incomplete and had holes in the plot that you could drive a truck through.
While the movie featured a lot of big names in the cast like Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, and an odd cameo by Sir Elton John, those names didn’t make up for the lack of a good story. This motley crew left much on the table in their performance and frankly I was glad to see the credits roll.
The "Kingsman” films are by no means a James Bond flick or a comedy like Austin Powers. I was hoping that they would find a middle ground where a happy medium could be established. Instead, I was left with more indigestion than satisfaction.
I give this movie one and a half mustaches out of five.
This film runs 141 minutes and is rated R for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout, and some sexual material.