Eggsy, Merlin and Harry Hart are back in action in the long-awaited Kingsman: The Golden Circle to tackle a global conspiracy so vast that they have to call in their American friends for help.
X-Men director Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of the Mark Millar spy comic was one of the surprise hits of 2015, so a sequel (and indeed a trilogy) had quite a reputation to live up to.
Days before The Golden Circle tries to strike it rich at the box office, the first reviews are in and they're painting the sequel as a worthy successor to the original (with a few quibbles):
"This culture clash doesn't possess the jagged energy of Eggsy pricking the pomposity of the rarefied world [Eggsy] inhabits in the first movie. Shame – with less to say for itself and the tics and tropes of the spy genre already upended, this sequel at times runs around and around in circles, even if it often looks golden whilst doing it."
"Unlike some other directors of big franchise extravaganzas, Vaughn actually seems to prefer character, dialogue and humor to chases and explosion, and he makes mostly very good use of his almost invariably well-chosen actors by identifying their appeal and drawing out their humor."
"It's not like anyone has ever accused James Bond of being realistic, but the Kingsman series has gotten so outlandish that Moonraker suddenly looks plausible by comparison."
"It's best to think of Kingsman: The Golden Circle as less of a sequel, more an American remix. It's still a thrilling ride with action sequences unmatched in their high-velocity blasts, but the new additions struggle to conceal the familiarity beneath this secret service."
"Kingsman is all over the place, sometimes to its detriment. But you won't want to miss the surprises it delights in springing."
"Kingsman: The Golden Circle is as cheeky, cartoonish, and crazy as its predecessor, but it's also commendably unafraid to demolish what had come before it if it's in service of the story. The new dynamic between Eggsy and his team is great, and the Statesman prove amusing counterparts to these gentlemen spies from across the pond."
"If the first Kingsman left you going 'Wow!' this one leaves you saying, 'Hmm…cool.' And while it doesn't reach the same hyperbolic heights as the first film, there are certainly worse things than being entertained for two hours."
Kingsman: The Golden Circle opens on Wednesday (September 20) in the UK and on Friday (September 22) in the US. Watch a trailer below:
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