Kingsman: The Golden Circle attempts to shine like gold as the golden circle. Unfortunately, the result is nowhere near the shiny gold. The story briefly- Eggsy(Taron Egerton), a brilliant agent and Merlin have to team up with the American Kingsman ‘The Statesmen’ to get to the bottom of a virus being spread by Poppy, our films ‘bad guy’ played by a wonderfully evil Julianne Moore. There are some twists and turns along the way (the trailers already spoil the surprise return of Harry Hart but I will not give details of how this happens)some of which you wont expect (others are pretty obvious but more on that in a minute!) Whilst the main antagonist Poppy may not have been as symbolic as Valentine, her sidekick certainly made up for this. The fight scenes were spectacularly done, with numerous sequences that were particularly memorable and whilst none of these were as good as the famous Kentucky Church Fight Scene, all of them displayed a significant level of action, violence and of course bloodshed.
The film opens and concludes with a nice action sequence, but there is really not much in between to get the adrenaline rush going. The original film had the fantastic church sequence that became one of the most talked about moments of the film and sadly the sequel offers nothing nearly as memorable. If you take this movie too seriously with some again comparing it to 007, you will be disappointed as of course it’s not going to have the same class or sophistication as Fleming’s novels. That is what makes it different as it does not try to copy that or make a mockery of it either. The Kingsman films now stand on their own.