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Kingsman sequel leaves little to imagination

Tracey Fox

Rated MA15+

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

3 stars

If you have been eagerly waiting to see the follow-up to the breakout success that was Kingsman: Secret Service (2015), the wait is over, but expecting it to be just as good may leave you a bit disappointed.

Even the star-studded cast (and a return from the dead for Colin Firth as Galahad), can’t lift this sequel to the same heights as the first.

Poor Eggsy (Taron Egerton) must carry so much of the movie, whereas those big-name players such as Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Halle Berry share only fleeting space on the big screen.

Even Channing Tatum, who features so prominently in the trailers is literally kept on ice for much of the film.

There is still a lot to like about Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

With car chases a-plenty, balletic violence and bullets flying free, and even a cowboy with a pretty spiffy lasso to entertain those who enjoy a bit of brutal beserking.

This time however, the bad guy isn’t a lisping billionaire with a grudge against humanity.

This time it is a beautiful drug baroness with an issue with the war on drugs, and a plastic fantastic 50’s retreat on an island in the middle of nowhere.

Oh, and she keeps Sir Elton John captive as a pet for her pleasure; a cameo that quickly turns into a fairly important supporting role.

I felt the fact they dragged Firth’s character back from the dead was ultimately unnecessary, as it takes away from the punch to the stomach we all felt when he was so shockingly killed off in the original.

And to see him reduced to a meek snivelling butterfly enthusiast just didn’t sit well.

Why bring him back at all, other than being a draw for fans he really isn’t the man we fell in love with last time around anymore?

Having said all this, I did actually enjoy most of the movie, it was a bit long and there were a few rehashed jokes that weren’t necessary, but overall if you enjoyed the last one, you’ll probably like this one too.

But I do feel they are trying to set up some sort of franchise for future films, where they may have to drop old Eggsy out due to his change of circumstances (no spoilers) and maybe, just maybe Channing Tatum’s character Tequila will feature more heavily.

And to be honest, I really wouldn’t have a problem with that at all, just leave poor Colin Firth alone next time, or at least give him back his chutzpah.

 

About Tracey Fox

For the past eight years Tracey has been the smiling face at reception. She takes care of the classifieds and trades and services sections for the paper but she is also our reviewer. For the past seven years her movies, books, theatre and food reviews have entertained our readers. She loves the fact the Echo is a small paper and its staff have a genuine interest in local issues because they are locals. Tracey says it is great working at a paper she wants to read.

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