“… it’s a great way to pass a couple of hours and I, for one, would happily see it again.”
The first Kingsman film (see my review here) was a wonderful surprise – a film that managed to entertain in a totally off-beat kind of way. It definitely wasn’t your normal spy thriller, despite having a lot of the usual ingredients, and I loved it.
I was therefore very keen to go and see the sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. I was hoping for more of the same, although I knew the first one would be a hard act to follow. But I sat down and prepared to be entertained – and I was, although perhaps not quite as much as last time.
Kingsman is a secret spy organisation founded by rich English aristocrats. No one knows much about them and that’s the way they like it. In this film, however, someone is onto them and destroys their London headquarters, as well as killing most of the operatives. They have no choice but to team up with a fellow spy organisation in the US – Statesman. The two had originally worked together, but somewhere along the line this was forgotten. So when Eggsy (the British hero) turns up at Statesman’s HQ in Kentucky together with a colleague, there is some confusion, but the two have to work together to defeat their common enemy and save the world.
Taron Egerton is great as Eggsy and Channing Tatum plays his US counterpart, although he didn’t get as much screen time as I would have liked. Mark Strong plays Merlin, the guy who is the Kingsman equivalent of James Bond’s Q, and he does a brilliant job. There is someone else who steals the show, however, and really made me laugh, but I won’t name him here (if you want to know who it is, scroll down past the spoiler alert below).
The film’s PR company have obviously been working very hard as everyone going to see the film was given a Kingsman badge. And when travelling down St James’s Street in London today, I was surprised to see an actual Kingsman shop (next to Berry Bros & Rudd), exactly as in the film – I had thought it was something they’d added with special effects! I’m not sure if it’s open or just a temporary thing, but it made me smile.
It may not be the best film ever made, but it’s a great way to pass a couple of hours and I, for one, would happily see it again.
Pia Fenton writes contemporary romantic YA stories and her Northbrooke High series features UK heroines clashing with US heroes in an American high school setting. The fourth one in the series – New England Dreams – is out now!
The person who steals the show is Elton John, playing himself – he’s actually very funny and does a great job!