“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” follows predecessor’s success

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Hope Schreiner
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films because they follow a certain formula, so there are bound to be elements of predictability, implausibility and been-there-done-that scenarios. However, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” did a commendable job at disguising these moments.

Most sequels never turn out to be as good as the original, but this is not the case with “The Golden Circle.” The first installment in the “Kingsman” series, “The Secret Service,” was gruesome, wild, fast-paced and just down-right fun. The fight scenes were expertly choreographed and each actor was perfect for their role, bringing passion and dedication to every scene. The sequel definitely followed proudly in its footsteps.

In “The Golden Circle,” the Kingsman agents return to face their next villain. With the Kings-man headquarters destroyed, the agents must team up with their American equivalent, The Statesman, to defeat their common enemy. Through intense action sequences, enticing plot twists and a dash of romance, director Matthew Vaughn creates a world in which truly anything is possible and nothing is off the table.

The most noteworthy of things about the “Kingsman” films is that they touch on topical social issues, taking them to the ex-treme to stress their significance. The first one dealt with the impending dangers of global warming, while this one shined a light on the legalization of recreational drugs. It is fascinating how these movies are able to talk about such pressing issues with a light edge of comedy but, ultimately, come back around with the big overarching lesson or moral.

The cinematography in this film was particularly noteworthy. In the fight scenes, the camera stayed in close to the characters and swooped around their bodies in an almost 360-degree motion. Cameras even went so far as to follow the path of grenades, pan-ning up into the face of the target in a comical and cartoonish way that is usually attributed to these Bond-type films.

It can sometimes be difficult with fight scenes to keep track of who is who and get lost in the fisticuffs, but with this film, it’s always easy to keep track of the movements while still creating an authentic experience.

While it’s an enjoyable film over-all, there are a few concerns worth noting. The pace of this sequel was a bit slower than its precursor. Spoilers aside, some scenes could have used more time while others seemed to drag on. With a movie containing such fast-paced action sequences, it didn’t feel right to be pulled out into long scenes of exposition.

One thing that many people loved about the first film was that the fe-male Kingsman candidate, Roxy, found success and was initiated into the organization. However, in the final quest, she was given more of a side mission while the Eggsy went off to defeat the villain. It only seemed fair that Roxy would get her time in the spotlight in the second film, but she got put on a backburner once again.

The only attempt at redemption the filmmakers made was creating Statesman’s equivalent of the Kingsman’s Merlin, Ginger Ale. However, she also got shoved to the side until the very end, and even that wasn’t enough to justify an attempt.

While there were a few more potentially problematic things regarding this film, they would include pretty major spoilers so they have to be omitted.

Overall, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” stayed within the realm of the first film in the series by creating a fun, gruesome and fast-paced plot that had a little some-thing for every viewer. While it may not be as well-rounded of a film as its precursor, it still maintained expectations and managed to tell a story that has relevance to present-day society.

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