“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” tries to live up to the status of its predecessor but fails to do so. The outcome is a visually tiring agent-to-the-rescue spy movie where the only thing new is the villain’s gender. The movie, directed by Matthew Vaughn, came out in 2017 and shows the Kingsman agency facing a new threat. This time it is a fatal drug that threatens the world population. The concept of the movie remains the same, and only the tool of destruction has been changed. This does not make the film boring, but it does detract from the Kingsman charm.
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Plot Summary
“Kingsman The Secret Service” saw Eggsy, aka Gary Unwin, being recruited by Galahad, aka Harry Hart, as a Kingsman. Harry loses his life in the mission to stop Richmond Valentine, who wants to control the Earth’s population by using waves produced by sim cards that turn people murderous. After discovering that the Kinsgman agency is also involved with Valentine, Gary decides to stop Valentine. With Merlin’s aid, Gary kills Valentine just in time before he can activate the waves, and saves the Earth’s population.
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” takes to action right from its beginning, with Eggsy being attacked by his former partner in training, Charlie, from his Kingsman boot camp days. Following this incident, all of Kingman’s bases were blown to bits by missiles. A fail-safe protocol leads them to make contact with Statesman, a U.S. secret intelligence agency that shows them that Galahad is alive and in their protection.
Meanwhile, people around the world develop fatal rashes that result from drugs manufactured by a drug cartel run by Poppy Adams. She has made a deal with the U.S. president to make drugs legal and then only she shall offer the antidote. What follows is Eggsy’s and an amnestic Galahad’s race against time to recover the antidote for the rash before millions of people perish. Aided by the Statesman, they are successful in foiling Adams’ evil plan.
Why Does The Sequel Film Appear Less Attractive?
Perhaps this is the result of repetition of representation that looks more like clutter, accompanied by a similar plot to that of its prequel. The movie is 2 hours and 21 minutes long, which is more than we can take in terms of its over-stuffing. The execution is hyperactive, the dramatic scenes fail to hit the spot, and every new character introduced is removed only minutes later. Moreover, the politics of the movie are haywire and make it a distraction. However, it is this over-stuffing that elevates “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” to a high level of a visual experience.
Its less-attractive nature is also a result of its pace, which is clearly over-the-top. The suaveness of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” lies in sharp-dressed gentlemen making their way into our eyes in slow-motion, which fills the film from beginning to end (almost). As much as it looks cool, there is a certain limit to which our minds can take in such flamboyant sequences that get repetitive, even for an espionage movie made out of humor.
Despite this, we cannot really dislike the film. The generosity that its prequel offered the audience is also present in this one. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is a feast of a movie that, despite overstuffing, impresses you with the effort it carries.
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is a Carnival of Chaos
Continuity is played with in the film and you are thrown into an emotional connection between Eggsy and Harry while clearly brushing off Harry’s survival after a fatal gunshot to his eye. At one moment, you have Elton John performing, while at the very next moment, you see him as a captive celebrity, which again turns into him throwing kicks in the air. And finally, a plot that basically revolves around the president introduces the character two-thirds of the way into the movie. Furthermore, what doesn’t make sense is the fact that Poppy Adams destroys the Kingsman organization but completely ignores the Statesman organization.
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” struggles to deal with its female characters too. Every woman in the movie is basically a way to boost the dramatic elements, even Eggsy’s to-be-wife Roxy. What’s saddening is that the villain’s scheme gets clear only after it affects the women of the movie, i.e., Roxy, Eggsy’s lover, and Fox, the U.S. president’s secretary. Even Ginger Ale spends most of her time sitting behind a desk while making it clear that she has the capability to do more.
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Ending Explained
In the final event, Eggsy and Harry arrive at Poppy Land to put an end to Poppy Adams’ plans once and for all. After making their way through her guards and two terminator dogs, they inject her with a heavy dose of heroin. It works like a truth serum, and she reveals the passcode that will send the drones with the antidotes all around the world. But before they enter the passcode into her device, Whiskey shows up to prevent them from distributing the antidotes. Apparently, her wife died in a crossfire between two drug addicts robbing a convenience store. Now that he has a chance to bring an end to such drug users, he will take it. What follows is a fight that ultimately ends with Whiskey in the mincer. Eggsy enters the passcode, and the antidotes reach all the corners of the globe. The Kinsgman agency saves the world yet again.
While Poppy Adams is no more, the danger of drugs persists in the real world. Perhaps “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” tries to establish this very fact. Drugs have the ability to cause deaths on a global level, and all they need is an evil mind. The film concludes with Galahad, aka Harry, saying, “It is perhaps the end of the beginning.” We do now know for sure whether this was the movie’s way of saying that there wouldn’t be a sequel. However, it does point towards the “beginning,” which makes sense now that we have already got the prequel, The King’s Man.
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is glorious and ridiculous, and this is where its charm lies. It establishes its glorious absurdity but doesn’t let you mock its unashamed enjoyment. And this formula does work its magic. You won’t be able to skip it no matter how much you may want to.
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is a 2017 Action Thriller film directed by Matthew Vaughn.