By Ryan Keating-Lambert

★★★☆☆

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a riot. It’s hilarious, kitsch, and an all round crowd pleaser, but does occasionally overindulge itself in silliness, and one too many characters.

Eggsy (Taron Egerton), Harry (Colin Firth) and the Kingsman crew return to tackle a notorious drug lord and terrorist, with the help of their American cousins, the Statesmen.

Director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Kingsman), has brought us another genre blending fun-house of supreme action thrills, laughs and absolute dirt, plus a massive cast including Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, and Jeff Bridges.

And in some ways, this is the film’s biggest problem. There are just too many characters. The Statesmen are a wonderful addition to the film and like their British cousins, they make an entertaining and over-the-top mockery of their country’s obsessive culture, but there a couple of sub-plots that seem unnecessary and do little more than add to the film’s run time which pushes two and a half hours. There’s also a ridiculous Glastonbury scene with a cardboard Poppy Delevingne which seemed like little more than a cheap advertisement for the festival and a chance to show the actress getting her kit off.

The Golden Circle has a wicked sense of humour though, and never takes itself too seriously. Vaughn’s basically created his own genre here with a tantalising mix of spy, sci-fi, comedy, and an insane amount of action. The scenes with Agent Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) and his lasso are truly incredible.

But, it’s the humour that truly owns this film. Julianne Moore’s ’50s obsessed ‘Poppy’ is so sickly sweet that she’s borderline diabetes. She is HILARIOUS and a true master of evil, as well as a catalyst for a drug legalisation debate, which the American president approaches in a completely irrational manner. Sound like anyone you know?

Like the first film Kingsman: The Secret Service, the action scenes are on point. They’re extremely well choreographed and utilise a whole new assortment of spy gadgets, and robots. There’s one scene in a ski resort that reminded me of a nightmarish and dizzying version of a carnival show ride. Superb.

The film does stray into silly sequel territory at times though. The third act goes a bit too far with the film’s rock and roll cameo, who shall remain nameless. Again, too many characters trying to shine here.

This is a seriously fun film though. Those who enjoyed the first movie will certainly enjoy this one too. Check it out.

Photo: Screen Rant

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