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Published on September 26th, 2017 | by Kevin Given


Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Colin Firth is back as Harry Hart, thank goodness because he is definitely the heart of this film (sorry) and even though Harry’s got a touch of amnesia and is not up to par with his former self. Taron Egerton also returns as “Eggsy.” Joining them this time are Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum and an incredibly funny turn by Singer Elton John, playing himself. The theme deals with a drug cartel, posing as a pharmaceutical company led by Poppy Adams (Moore) who introduces a new drug which causes the user to break out in a blue rash, which leads to madness, paralysis and ultimately, death. The plot consists of our hero’s chasing down the antidote before millions will die because of this new drug.

The emphasis once again is on creative action scenes and cartoon violence. Eggsy has taken the position of Galahad within the organization and has settled down with his sweetheart, Crown princess Tilde of Sweden. Things go awry for our protagonist when a former Kingsman, Charlie Hesketh (Edward Holcroft) ambushes Eggsy, but Eggsy manages to evade this attack. Hesketh had his vocal cords and one arm replaced by cybernetic units after the previous incident and is bent on revenge. A few great and unexpected twists, which I won’t reveal here, but they will change the face of the Kingsmen forever.

The plot device isn’t new, it’s been done to death on everything from the Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode “The Most Toys” to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014.) But, as always, it’s the chemistry between the leads and the awesome direction of Matthew Vaughn that keeps the material fresh. This film is just as much fun as the first one and the over the top action scenes are on par with the first film. We also see corruption on the Presidential level as Bruce Greenwood’s commander in chief performance shows him more concerned with political gain than human lives.

I don’t want to give away too much of the plot but I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed this film as much as I did the first one. The genre of comic book inspired movies shows no signs of slowing down with the successes so far of Guardians of the Galaxy, Wonder Woman, Spiderman: Homecoming and this worthy sequel to the 2014 original. And there’s more to come for the comic book fan this year (2017) with Thor Ragnarok and Justice League. ***


Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writer: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Music: Henry Jackman, Matthew Margeson
Cinematography: George Richmond


About the Author

Kevin Given has studied with "Longridge Writers Group" and "Writer's Boot Camp" a speech/communications major from the University of Maine Presque-Isle/Orono sites. He has created the "Karl Vincent Vampire Hunter" franchise which includes 2 novels and 8 comic books. They can be found on amazon, Indyplanet and Kindle. For a limited time you can get digital copies of "Karl Vincent: Vampire hunter" #1 and "Files of Karl Vincent" #1 for free on Indyplanet. Kevin is producing the third novel in the series "Dracula Rising" (working title) and developing "Foul Blood" into comic book form.

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