Back in 2014, ace director Matthew Vaughn dropped Kingsman : The Secret Service which caught everyone off guard with its style and glam. The unprecedented success of the first movie guaranteed a sequel which enjoyed its fair share of anticipation. But does the star-studded sequel lives up to the hype? While the sequel has its few shares of witty humour and over-the-top action sequences, it falls flat on its hype in its ambitious plan to re-create the magic of the prequel.
Kingsman : The Golden Circle stars Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal and Elton John. With four oscar-winners in the cast list, the hype for the movie was quite justified. The feat achieved by Kingsman : The Secret Service with almost half the quantity of actors in The Golden Circle amazed everyone, so what could double the amount of actors lead to? Well, not much. One of the biggest issues with the sequel is the treatment led out to its main characters. While everyone is quite flawless with their skills, the plot never really lets them interact much. The sense of isolation keeps bugging you till you actually want the interval to become your savior. That’s not to say the movie is absolutely boring, but, when you have such a powerful cast, under-utilization is not really the key to success.
This year, we have had three sequels to some deeply established films. John Wick : Chapter 2, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and Annabelle : Creation. Apart from the first Annabelle, which was an abomination to say the least, the other two were refreshing and highly engaging. Living up to the prequel is a daunting task. That’s one reason why there have been so few sequels which were better than the prequels. But coming back to the current sequels, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and John Wick : Chapter 2 had some flaws when compared to their respective prequels, but unlike Kingsman : The Golden Circle, they didn’t fall flat on their hype. At least, these sequels were likeable even to the harshest critics, from a certain point of view. The Golden Circle tries to play it too safe, which takes the essence of the movie away; its unpredictability.
Apart from under-utilization of the cast, the movie faces the dreaded issue of pacing. While it is just 10 minutes longer than The Secret Service, the length feels a lot more longer. The isolation of the actors also adds to the misery, as the pacing seems to drag the weight of the characters too. Then, there is the case of countless subversive plots within the major plot. The central theme of the original Kingsman movie was the self-depreciating British humour, sheer class, and over-the-top action scenes which were traded for a larger than life portrayal of the American way. From action sequences to cussing, everything has been turned up to 11 to compensate the lack of a single, cohesive plot.
Though, the movie has a lot of shortcomings and deserves some scathing criticism, there are definitely some points which must be given adequate credits. The Golden Circle has ample amounts of action sequences for action and gore aficionados. With a very Guy Ritchie-esque style, every action scene has been done with absolute perfection. Though there is a visible lack of quintessential British humour, the American tongue-in-cheek humour is quite commendable and is one of the strongest points of the movie.
Overall, Kingsman : The Golden Circle is a sequel which feels very rushed. It lacks the essence of the first movie and feels like it was forcibly squeezed out from Matthew Vaughn. From a distant perspective, most of the shortcomings can be attributed to the studio and other executive producers for trying to bank on a successful movie for money. The third part to Kingsman is already in the news, and we do hope Vaughn delivers his masterpiece in the near future.