'Kingsman' sequel lacks punch and vibe of first film

Kingsman: The Secret Service a Matthew Vaughn film that came out in 2014 was a blast and despite a few political criticism (the slaughter at the church, the sex-reward from the princess), it was a nice spin on the spy genre.

Speaking to guests from the Colombo film and arts scene at the reception, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, commented that the film reflects the breadth of talent in Britain's creative industries.

We attended an advanced screening of The Golden Circle, and like everyone in the audience, laughed to the Elton John scenes the most.

"Kingsman" is draaaaaawn out to a painful two hours and 20 minutes, at which point the spy riffs have turned into self-parody and "The Golden Circle" feels like one of the circles of Hell. On that front, I'd say Kingsman: The Golden Circle succeeds. It also results in the return of Colin Firth as Eggsy's mentor Harry Hart, despite having been shot point blank in the head and left for dead in the first movie.

Poppy's villainy compels Eggsy and tech guru Merlin (Mark Strong) to seek help from the Statesmen, American counterparts bankrolled by Kentucky whiskey money. The parallel-agency concept opens the door for a whole supplemental cast: bristly Tequila (Channing Tatum), hospitable Champ (Jeff Bridges), gadget-y Ginger Ale (underutilized Halle Berry), and lasso-twirlin' Whiskey (Pedro Pascal, channeling Burt Reynolds).




On one hand, this joke acts as the ideal callback to the final scene of Kingsman: The Secret Service whereEggsy finally enters Princess Tilde's very own backstage in the most intimate way possible. Our very own James Bond from a council flat, Eggsy (Taron Egerton), is now happily settled as a ruffian turned gentleman spy, living with the handsome Swedish princess rescued in the first film.

As in the original, Vaughn relies heavily on the editing skills of Eddie Hamilton who has been in the darkroom for the director in all of his films. I was thinking: 'Who would be the worst person Valentine could kidnap and have to deal with every day?' And I thought Elton would be a pretty tough prisoner to keep happy. And I think of things for instance like, The Guardians of the Galaxy or the new Thor movie, or indeed, Kingsman. I spoke to Matthew on the phone and when I got the script I thought it was so amusing and different and really cool.

Channing Tatum and the out-of-focus actual stars of Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle. We want to hear from you.

The charm of the first film was the way it straddled the line between celebrating spy movies and mocking them.

The Jon Snow like resurrection of Colin Firth's character has already been spoiled in the trailers, so his arrival in the film doesn't seem as grand as you'd expect it to be.

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