Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Taron Egerton in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. (Times Media Films)
Taron Egerton in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. (Times Media Films)

What it's about:

When the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the agents’ journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organisation in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day when both organisations were founded. In a new adventure that tests all of the agents’ strength and wits, these two elite secret organisations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world—something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.

What we thought:

I was desperately looking forward to watching the second movie in the Kingsman film series. The first film so effortlessly balanced the “gentleman” and the “bad boy” elements that it had going for it.

It was a perfect mix of sophistication with a hint of rebellion. Like a classic eau de toilette with a splash of citrusy scent.

But alas my hopes were dashed when I wasted 2 hours and 21 minutes of my life to watch the ridiculous, CGI mess of a sequel called Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

The absurdness starts right at the opening sequence and instinctively you know that Kingsman sold its soul to Hollywood.

The classic umbrella is swopped for a whip and the smart jokes sink below cowboy belt buckle.

Any true gentleman knows that subtlety is the secret weapon - not only for winning over hearts but your enemies too.

Instead Kingsman: The Golden Circle goes balls to the wall and trades it style for trash. Fans of the first film will be truly frustrated with director Matthew Vaughn’s drastic departure from everything that worked in the first movie.

The jokes are limp, the storyline cartoonish and the special effects so over the top that you can’t help but cringe at the fakeness. Hell, there’s even a CGI vagina scene involving a music festival and a tracking device. And I’m still not sure what to make of Elton John’s bizarre cameo. Awkward!

This sequel is a low blow to its predecessor and disappoints on every possible level. I gave the first film 4 out of 5 stars and this sequel barely deserves 1.