As I’ve just mentionedtheplotisratherweak, infactthestoryevenargueswithitselfattimes. It”llcomeasnosurprisethatthedirectorwhoworkedcloselywithGuyRichiedoesn’thaveanyproblemswithdrugs (theirfilmographyfeaturesmanyfilmswithalotofdrugreferences) andthefilmoccasionallytakestimeoutfromtheexplosionstoexplainhowdrugsaren‘tallthatbad (muchbetterforyouthansugarwouldyoubelieve! – thanksforthatfactMatthew) butthenlateronusesthenegativesideofdrugsasamotiveforoneofthecharactersandafewotherratherjarringeventsthatIwon‘truin. Itwasabravechoicetodealwiththewarondrugs, howeverthethemoralandsocialquestion is raised by the filmandthen it simply justsitsonthefence. TheseconflictingmessagesultimatelyleftmescratchingmyheadwonderingwhatVaughnwasactuallytryingtosaytome.
Where Kingsman shines though is in its technical aspects. The movie is rammed with energy and has this wonderfully cheesy British style running through its veins. It’s laugh out loud funny throughout its entire runtime however it’s most certainly aimed at a British audience, even going as far as poking fun at the Americans on numerousoccasions. The long run-time could have easily have been chopped though to tighten a few things up.
The action scenes are undoubtedly the films main attraction and Vaughn has this fantastic ability to pull you right into the middle of the fight. You’ll find your eyes locked open in amazement as the camera sweeps around legs and over stools all the while guys are getting whipped and throttled. Freeze framing in the most painful moments so you can appreciate the sheer terror and violence of the moment.
The choreography of the fight scenes are also some of the best in Hollywood and the creativeness of some of these moments had me grinningfromeartoear. Even when the action finds itself compressed into tiny spaces (such as the back of a cab) the fight remains inventive and energetic. These very moments made the film for me and they still stand out as being some of the best action sequences I’ve witnessed since, well… the first movie.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle can simply be summed up as more of the same. It’s weak plot and lack of any real character arc means it falls short of the original by some distance but it’s unrelenting supply of energy and fun is impossible to resist. It’s loud, dirty and far from gentlemanlike.