Kingsman: The Golden Circle off to solid start on Rotten Tomatoes

21 September, 2017, 01:03 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • Taron Egerton Colin Firth and Pedro Pascal in Kingsman The Golden Circle

Based on the Rotten Tomatoes score, the reactions are mostly positive.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle might be releasing to a somewhat mixed reception, but that hasn't stopped director Matthew Vaughn from enjoying a very interesting and indeed revealing press tour.

Critics are a bit mixed on Kingsman: The Golden Circle, though pretty much all of them seem to agree the film is a big ol' powder keg of insane action. Better yet, however, is Vaughn's apparent willingness to tackle the franchise. After dealing with the issue Eggsy heads off to celebrate with his girlfriend Tilde (the princess he saved in the previous outing) and his friends. When we pick up with Eggsy in The Golden Circle, he's a full-fledged Kingsman agent and by the end of the first act, he's the last one left.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle takes our heroes in a different, more challenging direction when Kingsman HQ is blown up and the world falls victim to a villainous scheme by the evil organization the Golden Circle and their wacko leader Poppy (Julianne Moore).

Cast and crew were welcomed to the city by Film Birmingham, a company which aims to make filming "as easy and efficient as possible by providing a one stop shop for local and global filmmakers".

Taron Egerton and Mark Strong in Kingsman The Golden Circle
Taron Egerton and Mark Strong in Kingsman The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has a lot of good music and also stars Elton John as himself, to mostly satisfying effect. Julianne Moore in particular is deliciously diabolical as Poppy, who's like a Stepford Wife with the ambition of Martha Stewart. She's given nothing to work with and her presence just shines a spotlight on the wasted potential this is compounded with Jeff Bridges Champagne who mumbles his way through his limited screen time. If you've seen any sort of advertisement for The Golden Circle, you know he's back, and I couldn't help but feel like he maybe didn't want to be.

Are you excited to see Harry Hart Return? It's great that they bring Harry back because Taran still isn't enough to lead a film. It's really not. Within that framing, Vaughn has a lot of ground to cover.

For now, Kingsman: The Golden Circle opens in the United Kingdom this week, and Eggsy will remain Eggsy - at least until Daniel Craig retires. The latest additions include an underwater vehicle and the fact that Eggsy now has an arch nemesis in the style of Jaws. With Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to 2015's runaway success Kingsman: The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman have gone a step further and put the rock-god into the film - his first acting role since 1997's Spiceworld.

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