‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Tops Box Office
Kingsman: The Golden Circle won the golden ticket at the box office over the weekend by snagging the no. 1 spot with a whopping $100 million worldwide.
The Matthew Vaughn-directed action comedy sequel starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, with Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges made $39 million domestically and $61.2 million overseas.
Read our review of the film written by Brian Cosign below.
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Review
Silence is golden, but the Kingsman tries to be as loud as a platinum Gucci Mane album in the new movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
The sequel brings back Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) but also recruits some Hollywood royalty with Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges. This time around, our beloved Kingsmen face a foe more ruthless than they’ve ever encountered. The evil Poppy Adams, played by Julianne Moore, has secretly planted a virus in substances that are, let’s say, weeded out in the general population and methodically sold in specific areas (Get it? “Weeded out”? METHodically sold?”). With their headquarters destroyed and left defenseless, Eggsy and Merlin travel to the USA in search of help from the Statesmen, an organization similar to theirs, but…Americanized. Out of the gate, the action is jarring! It’s the kind of over-the-top spectacle you’ve grown to expect from this franchise. You’re instantly glued to the screen, anticipating the next unbelievable scene. Rest assured, the action isn’t a problem and has never been. The quirkiness continues to differentiate “Kingsman” from other spy movies of its genre which gave it a cult following in the first place. There is something missing in this sequel, however.
The addition of the new co-stars is a welcome sight. Kingsman: The Golden Circle attempts to amuse us with clever code names such as Tequila, Ginger, Champagne, and Whiskey. There’s even a surprise iconic singer who makes a guest appearance that keeps you laughing throughout the movie. However, there is a severe underutilization of the new talent. Berry’s character is good, but her role is reserved to basically desk duty. Her role isn’t meaty enough. If you’re going to cast Halle Berry in a film that’s done well previously, make her do something that will catapult your sequel into the stratosphere. The same thing goes for Tatum. His role was wasted. His presence is commanding, but his screen time is minimal. He could’ve had a character arc that would’ve made this film phenomenal. The subplots in “Kingsman” are at times, extra. There’s one scene involving one Eggsie having to insert a tracking device inside a woman which will hopefully lead him to Poppy…what??? You have to see how it’s done. Honestly, it’s a scene that could’ve been either left out or shot with an entirely different approach. Scenes like that are prevalent and they detract from the movie’s original plot. “Kingsman” maintains that weird essence that we’ve grown to love but tries to outdo itself and stumbles periodically. As I said earlier, the action is utterly amazing. That, coupled with dope cinematography, makes this film very eye-catching. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a good sequel, but could’ve been much better with some omissions and additions. Nevertheless, your golden circle of friends should have an enjoyable time watching it.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is an excellent MATINEE movie. It has a few surprises, like what actually happened to Colin Firth’s character Galahad, and also has social and political undertones. My main gripe is the usage, or lack thereof, of the talent. I’m hoping that the next sequel will give them bigger missions and not squander their gifts. If you’re a fan of the first movie, you’ll like this one, not love it, but like it. I did have a good time watching it, so I’m giving Kingsman: The Golden Circle a Morning/Midday Co-sign. The Kingsmen and Statesmen had an awkward first date.
Next time, bring flowers and meaningful conversation. Who’s paying?
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