Andrew Wood
Entertainment Editor

In 2015, a little movie called “Kingsman: The Secret Service” directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Layer Cake, Stardust, X-Men: First Class), loosely based off of the graphic novel series of the same name by Mark Millar, was released to both critical acclaim and commercial success. The film has gone on to achieve a cult following, so news of a sequel really made fans of the film very excited (including myself). With a summer 2017 release date set, fans were very much looking forward to the film. It did, however, have a minor delay, and was not to be released until September, which was not such a big issue. This time around, “The Kingsman’s” entire operation has been destroyed, leaving Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Stung) the only surviving
operatives. They have no choice but to go to Kentucky to team up with their American counterparts “The Statesman” and face off against “Poppy” (played by the always excellent Julianne Moore), owner of the global monopoly on the drug trade. So how does the sequel compare? Overall I had a good time, though my biggest issue is that the film does not do much to expand the story of the first one; and it feels like more of what we got with the first film. A good sequel should expand upon the original, while keeping in its spirit, and though “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” keeps in the spirit of the original, something feels “off” this time around. This film is just as amped up to 11 as the original, the performances are fantastic across the board, it still has the essence of self awareness, and it really feels like everybody is doing their best to make a great film; I just feel that I have seen all of this before, and I was expecting more from a franchise that
was known for giving us the unexpected. The film is also significantly longer than the first (clocking in at almost two and a half hours) and it shows. I felt like the movie should have been over a half an hour before it actually ended. The film tries to cover a lot of material, and I feel that it has trouble focusing on one thing, as it constantly throws lots of needless details at the audience. Though I might seem like I am
complaining a lot about the movie, it’s still Kingsman and I still had a lot of fun. I was entertained through and through, and while I said it was more of the same, I’m a big fan of what I got. If you’re looking for a good way to kill a couple of hours and have a good time, and you were a fan of the first film, go out and see “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” All in all I had a great time and I still look forward to the next installment.

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