Somewhere between James Bond and Austin Powers you will find Kingsman.
Based on the comic book by Kick-Ass’s Mark Millar, the first film adaptation arrived back in 2014 and now its sequel is about to hit cinemas.
Heading across the pond to team up with their American counterparts, the Statesman, how do the Colin Firth and Taron Egerton sequel fare?
So far the Kingsman: The Golden Circle has received a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 68%, with a mixture of reactions from praises to slammings.
As ultraviolent as the first film, and as ultrasmutty, The Golden Circle will leave the Kingsfans grinning, even if its characters have less growing to do this time around.
Considerable shrewdness is applied to the conception and execution of nearly every scene to make this old spy stuff feel fresh, which it mostly does.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle doubles down on slick action and spy genre riffs, but adds enough fresh and fun elements to provide an exciting sequel.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is as cheeky, cartoonish, and crazy as its predecessor, but it’s also commendably unafraid to demolish what had come before it if it’s in service of the story.
However, the film wasn’t for everyone…
This crazily overlong and tiresome follow-up doesn’t seem to have the first idea what to do with itself – not least when it comes to its much-vaunted all-star cast, the majority of whom are barely even in it.
Even approached with the watered-down expectations that one brings to a late-September Hollywood sequel, Matthew Vaughn’s bespoke secret-agent follow-up is massively disappointing.
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.
It’s still a thrilling ride with action sequences unmatched in their high-velocity blasts, but the new additions struggle to conceal the familiarity beneath this secret service.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is released in UK cinemas on September 20, 2017.