With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy.
Kingsman is back and it’s bigger than before! No seriously the budget is bigger and it’s noticeable. Everything about “The Golden Circle” is bigger than the first film and that is both a good and a bad thing. TGC is much more bold than the first film and absurdity is its strong suit. TGC feels like a bit similar to the original but with much more swagger and absurdity.
What seems to be the biggest problem with this newest Kingsman installment it how over bloated it is. There are just way too many subplots that are bogging this film down. There is a lot time spent doing things that could’ve been done in much shorter time. Will all of these different subplots the film spends a lot time bouncing back and forth from different things and the runtime is ballooned to a massive 2 hours and 21 minutes. With a movie that’s supposed to be light and over the top, a runtime like that kind of adds a certain heaviness to it and ultimately bogs it down a bit.
I think that the best part of The Golden Circle and of Kingsman as a whole is Taron Egerton. He is once again great here and easily the most likeable character. Colin Firth is back again and he’s also great. The way that he is brought back into the franchise after his supposed death is also done in a way that makes enough sense for me to have bought it. Julianne Moore as the villain was also a very welcome addition to the franchise. She was very cunning and gave a likeable performance. The one problem I had with her character is that she is very isolated throughout the film. She never leaves her special island hideaway throughout the entire film and you don’t feel like you ever get to know her as much as you do the others.
Overall, Kingsman the Golden Circle is not a bad follow up to the first film. There’s a lot fun to be had but overall is suffers from some many different sub plots that slow the film down. I think this is a case of a director so many different ideas for this film and he tried to shove as many of those ideas into Kingsman as he could. The runtime is the only serious problem with The Golden Circle and if you have 2 and a half hours to kill you’ll probably have a great time as I did.