'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Earns $3.4 Million In Thursday Night Previews

Jay Jacobs
September 23, 2017

She has so much fun playing a villain - a drug dealer no less - the Oscar victor is looking to be having a blast turning human beings into hamburger meat. and worse. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is out now, distributed by 20th Century Fox.

Directed by "Kingsman: The Secret Service's" director Matthew Vaughn, the "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" cast includes Halle Berry as Ginger, Sophie Cookson as Roxy, Pedro Pascal as Agent Whiskey, Jeff Bridges as Agent Champagne, Edward Holcroft as Charlie, Julianne Moore as Poppy, and Elton John as himself.

Taron Egerton as Uggsy in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

This time around up-and-coming agent Eggsy (Taren Egerton, "Eddie the Eagle") teams up with tech expert Merlin (Mark Strong, "The Imitation Game") to find out who's killed off the Kingsmen and for what goal.

Now an established agent of the independent Kingsman service, Eggsy takes on Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), a psychopathic global drug trafficker intent on blackmailing the US government into legalizing all narcotics.

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For reasons known only to director Matthew Vaughn, the movie is clearly carrying too much flab, continually gorging itself on empty-calorie filler to the tune of 140 long minutes of running time. Incidentally, Pascal's character, Whiskey, also does well to complement the Eggsy-Hart duo that pretty much stole the show in the first film. With no other choice, Eggsy has to head over to the USA and seek help from the Statesman - the American version of Kingsman.

Over the last couple of months, via various wannabe-cool film-makers, I've heard a whole bunch of Bowie, T Rex and plenty of faux-ironic American hair metal thundering out of my local multiplex's sound-systems over the top of fight scenes and auto chases from Atomic Blonde to Baby Driver and back again. Characters the audience loved in the original movie are swept away quickly.

"It is all aggressively stylized, abusively fast-paced and ear-bleedingly loud, relying so heavily on CGI that nothing - not one thing - seems to correspond to the real world".

That first film was fun because Vaughn has a mad gift for action and an utter disregard for tender sensibilities (something already clear in his wonderfully vicious Kick-Ass movies).

Don't go into Kingsman: The Golden Circle expecting a highbrow James Bond-type spy thriller, because that is exactly what it is not. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our heroes face a new challenge. In 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service, Agent Galahad was undeniably shot in the head by Samuel L. Jackson's villain - and yet the promotion for the sequel has been very open about the fact that Harry would be back in action this time around. He's a veteran when it comes to directing comic book films.

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