The embargo has lifted and the first full reviews have hit the web for Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Vaughn’s follow-up to 2015’s Kingsman: The Secret Service has been met with mostly positive reviews for the hyper-violent spy thriller with critics praising it the film for expanding its mythology with the addition of the Kingsman’s American counterparts, the Statesman and expands upon the dark humor and gratuitous action sequences of the original film. Some critics, however, felt divisive in regards to some of the film’s muddled plot points, new characters not adding much substance and being left with the feeling that the film trying way too hard to outdo its predecessor.
You can check out a round-up of what the critics are saying below.
Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy
“There is, then, an endearingly goofy method to the writers’ fervid madness that serves the material well and, as ever, Vaughn puts it all up on the screen with boisterous but carefully calibrated enthusiasm. Unlike some other directors of big franchise extravaganzas, Vaughn actually seems to prefer character, dialogue and humor to chases and explosion, and he makes mostly very good use of his almost invariably well-chosen actors by identifying their appeal and drawing out their humor.”
Empire’s Dan Jolin
“Matthew Vaughn clearly had too much fun making Kingsman to leave its prim-but-deadly Savile Row secret service hanging in the wardrobe. A bespoke Bond pastiche, tailored to amplify to maximum comic effect that series’ preposterous plots, snobbish undercurrents, cold-blooded violence and (to the understandable distaste of many) smutty sexism, it was also such a success that a sequel was positively demanded.”
Variety’s Peter Debruge
“Basically, Vaughn is playing with gravity here: When you change the fundamental rules of action-movie storytelling as radically as the “Kingsman” series does, then these adventures may as well be taking place on the moon, where a normal human can jump tall buildings. It blurs the stakes and makes it impossible to know what, if anything, the risks of operating in such an otherwise-lethal world are.”
IGN’s Jim Vejvoda
“As an action film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle does not disappoint. From its opening gonzo car chase through London to its Bond-style alpine fight scene to its delirious final assault on the villains, the hyperbolic action sequences are as breathless, acrobatic, and in-your-face as the original’s. But, as with the first film, the action is in service of a darkly funny, socially conscious story about a young man’s (wild) coming-of-age journey.”
Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty
“More than that, it’s dispiriting — a too campy, tonally schizophrenic barrage of idiotic plot twists, wasted star cameos, and over-the-top gags that aren’t nearly as entertaining as their creators think they are. It’s rare to see so much thrown at the screen and so little of it sticking.”
Nerdist’s Kyle Anderson
“So it’s up to Eggsy and his new American friends to save the world again, and it’s all entertaining enough, but the movie ultimately can’t live up to the gonzo nature of the first installment. The Secret Service was a massive hit despite and because of how bananas it was and how over-the-top it went in every area, but that also means the sequel has to cater to a wider audience.”
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.
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