Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle
Kingsman 2 is a movie about 2 top level English spies, Eggsy and Merlin, trying to stop a villain who has managed to gain a monopoly of the entire worlds illegal drug supply and has devised a plot to poison her drugs (which will of course poison millions of drug users) in order to black mail the US government into legalising all illegal substances legal. Ill be honest, it was one of the few times I actually wanted the villain to win.
The film was directed by Matthew Vaughn and written by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman. The main characters in the film are played by Taron Egerton (Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin), Collin Firth (Harry Hart) and Julianne Moore (Poppy).
Let me just start by commenting on how good this film looked…aesthetically. Everything from top to bottom was just pleasing to the eye from the costumes to the settings and backgrounds and it felt like almost every shot was masterfully chosen. Big exciting scenes like the gunfight in the mountains not only flowed nicely, but they were easy on the eyes if you can manage not to feel a bit thrown by some of the camera movements in the fightscenes. Smaller scenes like the induction process of new members are made to look as elegant yet epic as a batman suit up montage. The camera work/CGI in the fight scenes, my only real problem with the movie, looked like the fights in the first Matrix movie mixed into the fight scenes seen in the Bourne movies. Somewhere between the constant zooming in and out; the slowmo shots; and the slight use of shaky cam I found myself impressed but sometimes annoyed by how the constant barrage of images moving within images at constantly changing distances and speeds started to feel like a bit much, which is something I couldn’t say about the acting.
While Taron Egerton (Eggsy) is pretty much in the entire film – he’s literally in almost every scene – his reactions never felt forced in his performance and I can’t say I ever caught him ‘acting’, I don’t think there’s anyone in the cast I can say wasn’t actively trying to help make a really good and enjoyable film. There wasn’t anyone I can say didn’t work their asses off in this film regardless of how small their role may have been. Halle Berry (Ginger) plays a pretty small role in the movie but never seems like she’s just going through the motions or giving anything less than 100%. Julianne Moore’s character is written with an attempted, though never quite attained, depth but she has fun with the role none the less and gives a really enjoyable performance. If there is something negative to say about the performances given by the actors in this film then you’re not gonna hear it from me.
You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t mentioned the first movie…that’s cause I haven’t seen it yet. Sometimes I enjoy watching movie franchises backwards in order to avoid catching a case of “sequel-itis” [cue dramatic Dum Dum DUUUUM soundtrack]. In this case however I can say that I’m seriously looking forward to seeing how the first movie goes before watching this on again (yeah, I’m that guy). Anyone going to see this film is sure to have a balls good time…I think.
I give it a 7/10