Thanks to 20th Century Fox we had the chance to see Kingsman: The Golden Circle before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!

After his training in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kingsman: The Golden Circle follows the adventures of Eggsy (Taron Egerton) – now a fully suited and skilled Kingsman. When he’s suddenly attacked by a very familiar face, Eggsy thinks it’s revenge, but there’s more than meet the eye. A secret drug organisation named “The Golden Circle” under the command of Poppy (Julianne Moore), a psychopath obsessed with ’50s Americana, is plotting to take every drug user in the world hostage, leaving a pile of casualties along the way – including the whole Kingsman team. In order to stop Poppy, Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) fly to Kentucky where they find new allies, including their former comrade Galahad (Colin Firth) who was supposed to be dead.

Director Matthew Vaugh returns to direct this sequel to Kingsman, a good move after the success and praise the first film received that made it one of the biggest surprises of 2014. In addition to the original all-star cast, Vaugh added even more huge names to the film, including Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, NarcosPedro Pascal and even Sir Elton John, with the last stealing the show… go Rocket Man!

Action is superb for a comedy and so are the special effects, with the whole film delivering almost two hours of pure entertainment that at times feels like an independent movie due to all the directorial liberties and unfiltered excess, from silly gory scenes and robotic dogs to a ’50s complex in the middle of the jungle featuring a salon, cinema, doughnut place and diner. This movie doesn’t feel like the product of a focus group.

The Golden Circle can’t beat the first film despite trying really hard. It just doesn’t have moments like the instant classic church scene featured in The Secret Service or the sock value of some of that film’s out-of-left-field raunchiness. But it’s almost as good, especially thanks to Sir Elton and a badass whip-wielding cowboy in the form of Pedro Pascal… yeehaw!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle – In cinemas now!

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