First 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Reviews Are Not Golden

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"If the first 'Kingsman" left you going 'Wow!' this one leaves you saying, 'Hmm...cool.' And while it doesn't reach the same hyperbolic heights as the first film, there are certainly worse things than being entertained for two hours".

My quality indicator has finally been proven to be wrong. A flashy pursuit (set to Prince's timeless Let's Go Crazy) in a taxi through the streets of central London follows, Eggsy eventually escaping to attend a dinner with love-of-his-life Princess Tilde (a returning Hanna Alström) and her parents in her homeland of Sweden.

But in doing so, the story is sidelined, which means we don't really see much of Julianne Moore's fantastic villain Poppy and her plan to control the world with drugs.

The new dynamic between Eggsy and the team is excellent, and the Statesman reveal themselves as counterparts fun of the gentlemen spies, the other side of the world. Several of them involving Elton John and robot dogs (you read that correctly) and ultimately she came across as the most paint by numbers element of the film. If you did you may be disappointed by this film but you'll still have a good time, however, if you did not like Kingsman: The Secret Service then Kingsman: The Golden Circle will not win you over.

EMPIREAs ultraviolent as the first film, and as ultrasmutty, The Golden Circle will leave the Kingsfans grinning, even if its characters have less growing to do this time around.




A measure of skepticism about a $900 whisky pegged to the release of a big-budget action film is to be expected.

The full look at Tatum's character, who's every flamboyant Southern stereotype rolled into one, is delightful. "He wanted that to be real and that to be the fate of that character". Julianne Moore is enormous fun as Poppy, playing her as a demented Martha Stewart type, while Narcos' Pedro Pascal gets plenty to do as electro-whip-wielding Statesman agent Whiskey. Written by the wonderfully badass Jane Goldman and directed by the equally awesome Michael Vaughan, it was one of the funniest and cleverest movies that I saw that year.

There's also a great extended cameo from Bruce Greenwood's very relevant president, and another from Emily Watson's Chief of Staff Fox.

When asked what her most unforgettable moment filming was, Julianne told WENN that it has to be her first encounter with the singer.

However, we nearly got another split for the upcoming sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, not because 20th Century Fox was looking to expand profits, but because co-writer/director Matthew Vaughn's first cut of the film was 3 hours and 40 minutes long. Now that critics have seen The Golden Circle, they have shared their thoughts. This becomes more complicated when he discovers his new mission may require sleeping with the enemy.

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