Sorry about the lack of posting. I have been settling into my new life in the Big Apple. I can't believe it's been almost two months already!
I saw Kingsman: The Golden Circle on opening day (September 22) with my friend Rebecca, who moved out here from California a week before I did. It's taken me a week to post this not only because of work, but because I needed the time to process my thoughts and feelings about this film.
First and foremost, I need to bring this back to the original. Kingsman: The Secret Service is one of my favorite spy movies. Though very loosely adapted from its comic book origins, it certainly gave off that kind of vibe. It was cheeky and stylish, yet hyper-violent. But most of all, it had heart and was a lot of fun. I didn’t know how much I needed to see Colin Firth be a total badass until it happened, and since seeing this movie it has become one of my goals in life to be Taron Egerton’s friend.
Despite being extremely disappointed in whoever made the trailers (why include such a huge spoiler!?), I was so excited to go see The Golden Circle. Rebecca and I got tickets a few weeks in advance and had a plan to get some good grub and drink some classy drinks like the ladies we are.
It turned out a little differently than expected.
We got some delicious food at the Chelsea Market and bought some necessities to bring into the theater. Three boxes of candy and six mini bottles of alcohol count as necessities, right? We grabbed some STRONG rum and cokes at the aptly named Trailer Park Lounge before going to Cinépolis Chelsea. It was nice, but different from the one back in California, where the seats are recliners and you have waiters to bring you snacks, food, drinks, and booze. We bought a popcorn and two Sprites, and when the lights went down, we poured three mini bottles into our drinks. Each. Mmm.
If you are going to the movie to escape from life, have a good laugh, feel a couple feels, and enjoy some over-the-top action scenes, this is definitely the movie for you. Rebecca and I agree that it's been a long time since we left a theater feeling so entertained. I know I will never be able to listen to Elton John or John Denver the same way again. ?country roads, take me home?
However, when looking with a more critical (and sober) eye, The Golden Circle falls victim to the sequel curse. The story just wasn't as interesting, and the characters weren't as well developed. Most of the original cast is killed off (including one of my favorites) and replaced with their American booze-making counterparts, the Statesman. Despite the A-list names -- including Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, and Jeff Bridges -- the characters feel a little campy, and it loses some of the natural comedy that comes from the idea of a "gentleman spy."
Julianne Moore plays the villainous role Poppy well, but the character doesn't hold a candlestick to Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson). While The Secret Service does a good job of balancing the issue of global warming with a megalomaniac's evil plot, The Golden Circle misses its mark when it puts the war on drugs into the hands of a homesick psychopath with a 50's housewife aesthetic.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is cheeky, cartoonish, and crazy, which is great for mindless escapism and high entertainment value. Unfortunately, it isn't as creative and original as its predecessor. I anticipate a lot of fix-it fics.