‘Kingsman’ sequel delves deeper into the gentlemen’s world of spies

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, directed by Matthew Vaughn, premiered in London on Sept. 18 and was theatrically released in the United Kingdom on Sept. 20 and in the United States on Sept. 22 in IMAX.

The Kingsmen are an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion and service; their primary goal is to keep the world safe from any harm.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle was a sequel that fans were expecting. If you wanted more action and humor in a world of spies, then this is the film for you.

Gary “Eggsy” Unwin is played by Taron Egerton who does a tremendous job playing this type of character; a rough street kid that had problems with the law who is now working for a secret agency that makes him become a deadly agent.

After months of teasing, speculation and even a soft confirmation when Colin Firth’s name was billed on the recent teaser poster, here he is: Harry Hart, Kingsman’s number one secret agent. Vaughn’s idea to bring back Harry from the dead created a dynamic role because him and Eggsy bring that perspective of what being an agent is about.

Bringing back Harry was a very good comeback, and he brings the tag team duo that him and Eggsy were famous for in the first film. Firth does a fantastic job performing this type of character that fans love and enjoy seeing.

The villains were an improvement and, despite Samuel L. Jackson’s quirky villain with a lisp, Julianne Moore performed a smoother character; less of a psycho and better fit for the film.

There are some very good action scenes that were carefully choreographed, though a couple are obvious homages to the previous film, including an almost note for note version of the famous “bar fight.”

The effects also really vary; some are decently done, though some are really ones you have to wonder if they ever expected us to believe that they were real. But if there’s one negative thing I would say, it’s that I don’t think any of them rise to the heights of the bar fight or the church fight from the last film. 

When Kingsman: The Secret Service arrived in theaters two years ago, it was surprising and astonishing because the storyline was unexpected. Kingsman reminds us of what it means to be a national spy who not only saves the world, but gets to live that rich life, go after beautiful women, use fancy technology and save the world.

What we learned from both films is that this is a new generation of spy movies, and could be the start of a new series for Eggsy. The action, the drama, the music, the story, all works out at the end for Kingsman.

In the end, The Golden Circle is an excellent follow-up to The Secret Service and perfect for the fans. It’s clear from The Golden Circle that this series isn’t finished with the Kingsman universe. The Golden Circle proves that there is fun, enjoyment and humor to be found in the future adventures of Eggsy and this new generation of spy films. So now, the waiting game begins.