Kingsman sequel slammed by critics in first reviews

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As I said before, it is hard to believe that Vaughn got away with a film like this (I have barely given you the tip of the iceberg of reasons why in this review alone), but it brings a grin to my face that he succeeded, proving that Hollywood still is willing to take chances on something this... unique, to say the least.

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. Strangely, The Golden Circle not only feels too much like its predecessor (all the way down to the criminal's end game), but too much like the other epic comic book films that plague the market.

"It's never clear whether Kingsman: The Golden Circle is supposed to be more than the sum of these fights, or whether it's just marking time by poking at raw political nerves in between".

Photo Acquired from EPK/Kingsman DF-28050_r - Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, and Pedro Pascal star in Twentieth Century Fox's "Kingsman: The Golden Circle", also starring Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Elton John, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges.

"Kingsman: The Golden Circle" (rated R for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material) is mindlessly entertaining and gleefully violent.

When the movie does need to get a little more emotional, it plays on the father-son dynamic between Eggsy and his teacher, Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Villainous drug cartel queenpin Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore, having plenty of fun) takes out almost every other Kingsman agent in a series of targeted attacks, leaving only Eggsy and tech guru Merlin (Mark Strong) to pick up the pieces. Halle Berry, looking very subdued in glasses, has a small part as assisting him with Jeff Bridges as the boss of "Statesman" - an American whiskey brand which is the USA front for the crime fighters.

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"Kingsman: The Golden Circle" comes down with a bad case of sequel-itis - a condition that dictates everything must be bigger, brasher and louder - and thus provides more sporadic fun.

Over the last couple of months, via various wannabe-cool film-makers, I've heard a whole bunch of Bowie, T Rex and plenty of faux-ironic American hair metal thundering out of my local multiplex's sound-systems over the top of fight scenes and vehicle chases from Atomic Blonde to Baby Driver and back again.

One of the many things fans love about Kingsman is the cast. From plot-twists and story arcs with a hint of suspense, to bursts of dark humour, the film strikes you as one that isn't merely aiming to live up to the success of the first instalment.

The new menu item, the Poppy Burger, was named after Moore's character and the questionable burger she prepared in the film. Most importantly, watch it simply because as far as entertainers go, the film seldom disappoints.

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.

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