Another Spy Story – Kingsman: The Golden Circle (DVD Review)

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First things first, the common comparisons made between Mark Miller/Dave Gibbons’s modern take
on the secret agent role and the most famous fictional spy brought to life by Ian Fleming should be
immediately disregarded as they are no more alike than any other spy story. These basic similarities
cling to textbook genre stereotypes like the gadgets, undercover identities, the love interest and the
villain determined on a mission of global cleansing or domination. The dissimilarities between James
Bond and ‘Eggsy’ Unwin (Taron Egerton) are far and wide but it is undeniable that this franchise is
held together by its detailed action scenes, rigorous comedy aspects and star-studded cast (including
in this instance, an ass-kicking Elton John).

Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle is a film that is difficult to dislike but unfortunately blatant in its
obvious flaws. The most obvious being that this is a franchise ultimately designed for a younger
generation who can suffer a rich concoction of cheesy acting and poor script for some knock-about
and well-financed action scenarios. Is it so difficult to believe that in this world, if technology can be
created to save someone’s life after a direct gunshot to the head that a stylish script can also be
written that doesn’t include as much (if any) swearing and some form of awareness when it comes
to desensitisation from intensely graphic violence? Although the writers are clearly trying to stay in
touch with the original comic book fan-base and a progressive film industry that is steadily numbing
the public regardless, they didn’t necessarily have to follow suit and rely so heavily on the
comedy/action.

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It is not all negatives however as the fresh creative aspects hold true to what the comic book
originally set out with, toppling its predecessor with the inclusion an unnerving and vicious villain
(Julianne Moore), an evil lair stuck in the funky 1950’s, a pair of mechanical pooches and a seriously
heavily ‘armed’ bodyguard/new nemesis (Edward Holcroft). The film continues its fast-paced plot,
jumping from country to country with the three remaining Kingsman to discover the cure for Poppy’s
poison alongside Statesman (American counterparts) while battling a disobliging government and
the unnerving element of not knowing who to trust. Although Egerton’s character leads the storyline
alongside a separate relationship thread with Princess Tilde (Hanna Alstrom), it is arguably Colin
Firth’s dramatic re-appearance, Mark Strong’s spotlight demise that steals the attention from ‘Eggsy’
(which is understandable when comparing essentially the runt of the spy litter with the two top
dogs), both playing a more traditional take of what most would expect and enjoy from that role.
In conclusion, the third edition of this trilogy is set to be the most impressive (and promising) yet
with ‘The Golden Circle’ inviting in A-list actors such as Channing Tatum, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges
as well as Egerton’s character hopefully developing into a more formal and suitable head figure.

Dir: Matthew Vaughn

Scr: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn

Starring: Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Elton John

Prd: Adam Bohling, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn

DOP: George Richmond

Music: Henry Jackman, Matthew Margeson

Country: UK/USA

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Year: 2017

Run time: 141 mins

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital now