Much like its predecessor, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a rumpus, over-the-top, ultra-violent love letter to other films of the spy film genre such as the James Bond series. As every James Bond film has a memorable antagonist for its titular character to match brawn and wits with, Kingsman: The Golden Circle finds that in award-winning actress Julianne Moore who joins the cast of the previous film as the villainous Poppy.
Moore’s Poppy is a charmingly quirky yet brutal villain who is obsessed with the nostalgia of 1950s America who’s secret hideout, Poppyland, is a perpetual cornucopia of 1950s Americana that mimics that era’s lifestyle, fashion and aesthetic. It’s in Poppy’s megalomaniacal yet eccentric demeanor where Moore compares her character to that of Gene Hackman’s Lex Luthor in 1978’s Superman:
“Well you know, it’s interesting because I realized that when I read it right away the first person I thought of was Gene Hackman in Superman, which is a movie I grew up with.” I can remember, I remember very clearly Gene Hackman and Valerie Perrine in that like lair, in that cave and how ordinary they seemed, how their concerns seemed real and they were always fighting and there was all this kind of stuff happening I thought that’s kind of how I saw this. Here’s this person who’s a villain, she’s a megalomaniac, she’s trying to control the world but she just wants what anybody would want.”
Like Hackman’s portrayal of the Superman villain, Poppy is a criminal who is the head of a global drug trade who’s ambitions go far beyond power and wealth as Moore explains that Poppy longs for something more palpable which makes her character more humane than your typical movie villain:
“She wants legitimacy, she wants to be acknowledged for her business prowess, you know? So, the idea of having that kind of this huge outsized world and this outsized ego but with fairly — well I guess normal behavior is not quite what it is — but human behavior, that was interesting to me.”
Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, The film stars Taryn Egerton, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Vinnie Jones, Sir Elton John and Halle Berry.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle will be released in theaters on September 22, 2017.
7 Movies Still Worth Catching In Theaters In 2017
The summer movie season may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some amazing films still coming out this year! It just opened the fall box office with a bang, earning the highest opening for a horror film, and there are quite a few films set to follow its lead. The holiday season in particular is always a great time for movies, with Oscar contenders and big-budget family-friendly movies being released simultaneously.
Of course, the movies on this list aren’t the only films coming out this year — they’re just some of the ones with the biggest marketing budget, making it easier for people to know they are coming out soon. So, if none of these movies seem interesting to you, do a little research and see if there are any great independent or foreign films coming to your local theaters!
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