“Kingsman: the Golden Circle” Elegantly Blends Great Action With Endearing Casting

Monica Sager, Scarlet Staff

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” was released on Sept. 22 and was met quickly with mixed reviews.

The Kingsman are back and jumping right into action. The sequel movie to the 2015 hit “Kingsman: The Secret Service” follows Eggsy (played by Taron Egerton), the British spy, and adds an American twist after the headquarters is destroyed. With many Hollywood-known names, such as Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, and Elton John, the US and British spies band together to save the world that’s held hostage.

The action is fast-paced and jaw-dropping at times, captivating the audience with every moment.

But that’s not what everyone thinks. Receiving only a 50 percent from Rotten Tomatoes, many critics were not happy with the movie.

The movie was called “bloated” and “not strong on brains or heart.”

I have to disagree with both of those statements. While the movie is a lengthy 2 hours 21 minutes, that does not mean the action or meaning is lost. My friends and I were intrigued the whole time. There were multiple moments that made the audience laugh and many that made us go “aww.” Nothing was dumb or heartless in it.

With an impressive first weekend at the box office, the film was very well thought out. Building off of the first in the series, there’s a perfect mix of action and humor—a little something for everyone. The combination of cultures in the movie (British and American) make for many funny jokes and references, and Elton John’s presence created some endearingly awkward moments that had the whole audience roaring.

The actors were chosen spectacularly. While there was disappointment from some that Channing Tatum did not receive as much screen time as expected, the new cast added more life to the film series.

And with multiple scenes including camera-work reminiscent of “Deadpool’s” opening credits, there isn’t any disappointment from this reviewer. Visually, it is well done and very impressive. There are more humor and action scenes than actual explosions, which is a nice break from the typical action movie.

Overall, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” did not disappoint. I was very pleased that I saw it in theaters, and didn’t have to wait for its release on Netflix. I believe it matched all of the anticipation the two-year gap from the first movie brought and hopefully a third movie will do the same.