Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the follow up to the 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service. Director Matthew Vaughn returns to the spy-thriller, which stars Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, and Channing Tatum. In the opening minutes, we see the titular character Eggsy is now a full member of the Kingsman, and is thriving. This quickly changes when the Kingsman’s headquarters and various other locations are eliminated by a force unbeknownst to them. As Eggsy and his tech guru, Merlin, are the last surviving members, they must join the Statesmen, the American equivalent to the Kingsman.
This movie serves is a successful follow up that does the first movie justice. The first movie exceeded most people’s expectations because of its authentic characters and humor, both of which are seen in the sequel. The main characters grow from the events of the previous movie as well as this one. The Statesman are caricatures of Americans, which serves as comedic relief. The action in the first film was over-the-top, and is no different in the sequel, which featured three or four major action set pieces that were comedically choreographed and done well to the music.
One issue with the film is the lack of Channing Tatum. Do not go into this movie expecting a lot of Channing Tatum, as he is not given much to do. However, when he is featured, it is very amusing. In addition, do not expect many returning characters from the previous movie; aside from one B-plot, this is largely a self contained story.
All-in-all, Kingsman: The Golden Circle will be enjoyable and a fun time at the movies. Fans of the original will most likely enjoy this new film.