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Randy’s Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’
Action, gizmos and Elton John
Taking a tongue-in-cheek approach to the spy films, this sequel to the popular graphic novel turned film, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” takes place a year after the original.
With more over-the-top car chases, blended slow-motion fight sequences, entertaining villains and insane weaponry, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is a year into his role as a Kingsman and is embracing the well-dressed spy persona while remaining very much himself.
The film begins with Eggsy finding himself in a high-speed chase/fight with failed Kingsman candidate Charlie Hesketh (Edward Holcroft), now sporting a robotic arm. And escaping the confrontation, Eggsy returns home to his girlfriend Princess Tilde (Hanna Alstrom), preparing for a dinner with her disapproving mother and father — the Queen and King.
While Eggsy dines with Princess T’s royal family in Sweden, the Kingsman organization falls prey to the world’s mystery drug kingpin — Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore) who launches a series of missiles taking out all of the secret organizations operating sites — including the men’s clothier which serves as a front for the spy efforts as well as Eggsy’s apartment.
Eggsy returns to pick up the pieces, and learns that he and Merlin were the only two to escape. Not quite sure what to do next, the two turn to a bottle of Statesman whiskey which has the answer. While the Kingsman deal in tailored suits, their cousins from the west, the Statesman, make whiskey in Kentucky. Eggsy and Merlin take their English “charm” stateside, heading to the South where they join forces with the Statesman to take down Adams and her hidden tropical base of operations — with functioning robots, security guards and a '50s-themed look.
Heading up the Statesman, Champagne (Jeff Bridges) and his support agent, Tequila (Channing Tatum), and info babe, Ginger Ale (Halle Berry). Eggsy and Merlin are also reunited with Galahad (Colin Firth), thought dead after being shot in the head by Samuel L. Jackson’s bad guy in the first film. Rescued by the Statesman, he was brought back to life but knows nothing of his past.
Adams announces that she has distributed a poison in her drugs that will kill all of those who take it in a short period of time if the U.S. president doesn’t legalize drug sales in the states. Adams has the only serum and Eggsy is charged with retrieving the formula before it’s too late. To make matters worse, Tequila and Princess T both begin showing symptoms so the race against the deadly clock is on.
Eggsy is joined by Statesman’s top agent, Whiskey (Pedro Pascal), and the two set out to take down Poppy Adams and her henchmen while saving all the world’s casual drug users by any means necessary.
Oh, did I mention Elton John appears as himself, adding some humor and a little fighting prowess to the festivities as well — and some songs for the soundtrack.
While the surprise associated with the first film’s newness of concept has worn off, there are still quite a few laughs and great action sequences that offer many spy-related gizmos from an electrified lasso to a rocket-launching brief case.
It’s simple movie fare. Don’t go expecting any mental enrichment, but it will do for a good time. And be warned, there is one pretty offensive, nonnude sex scene involved that — coupled with the language and bloody fights — earn it a hard R rating.
On a scale of 5 popcorn buckets, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” earns 3 flavor-filled tubs of buttery goodness. It’s a simple good time. Not anything special, but a fun watch. MPAA rating; R. Running time: 2 hours, 21 minutes. This film was viewed at Southpark 7 Theatres in Spencer.