This action comedy film is co-produced and directed by Matthew Vaughn ("Kick-Ass") and like its 2015 namesake "Kingsman: The Secret Service", (which raked in more than $414 million on a production budget of $81 million) is based on the comic book of the same name, created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. For an early fall action movie, it will do the job, but its weaknesses are pretty obvious. The increased budget this time around means our heroes embark on a globetrotting mission that includes Cambodia, Italy, the USA and of course Blighty. Eggsy is different. And I think it's really important to do scenes that do make people feel uncomfortable. "It's rare to see so much thrown at the screen and so little of it sticking".
MARK Strong says working with Halle Berry is proof he's "doing alright".
As well as welcoming the 300-strong crew for Kingsman: The Golden Circle Birmingham also recently played host to legendary director Steven Spielberg who filmed a significant portion of this new film Ready Player One in the city. This sets up the muscle for the primary antagonist of the film, Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore).
"Kingsman: The Golden Circle" takes place some time after the events of "The Secret Service" finding Eggsy (Taron Egerton) leading the secret life of spy and average ordinary 20-something - who just so happens to be dating the princess of Sweden. And, once again, Vaughn implies that all Americans are derived from some kind of stereotypical hillbilly in Kentucky.
The Golden Circle is still an hellaciously violent outing, but Vaughn keeps the tone appropriately cartoonish and light throughout.
In the follow-up to the smash hit 2014 movie, Egerton's Eggsy is seen at one point at Glastonbury - with a mission of planting a tracker in a very private area of target Clara, played by Poppy Delevingne. The parallel-agency concept opens the door for a whole supplemental cast: bristly Tequila (Channing Tatum), hospitable Champ (Jeff Bridges), gadget-y Ginger Ale (underutilized Halle Berry), and lasso-twirlin' Whiskey (Pedro Pascal, channeling Burt Reynolds).
The action scenes are insane and outlandish, but quite fun and intense. Vaughn could have lost about 15 minutes off the 141-minute run time and finished with a much sleeker product.
Rather than exceeding the original movie in vulgarity or violence (which would be tough to do), Kingsman: The Golden Circle capitalizes on its predecessor's surprise success with large-scale franchise-building, adding in more supporting characters, bigger set pieces and an expanded mythology to support theoretical future installments. "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" brings Colin Firth's character back from the dead.