Kingsman 2 is a messy but clever satire on the war on drugs& 'merica. I'm surprised this has been called right-wing, it is anything but. It may not seem overtly a satire at times, but it is one; Verhoeven style but it isn't w/out its deficiencies. Characters come& go, scenes feel clipped, and the story is rushed. Vaughn said in an interview that his rough cut was 4 hours long, I'm intrigued by what he left out
Matthew Vaughn must really love the 60s. Example: kitsch period look of Poppy's private ranch in Cambodia (haha?) overwhelms Julianne Moore's subtly neurotic performance as villain. But this is the smallest sin in a movie guilty of cartoon violence and disgusting sexual innuendos. Glib political satire tries to accord KINGSMAN a false sense of cleverness. The real scene-stealer is not Elton John but Bruce Greenwood.
In terms of pure entertainment, this one ticks a lot of boxes. Up close action sequences with a bit of slomo, great music choices, Elton Fucking John, the Dude, and the King of Suave, Colin Firth. Check it out, bruv.
This is a solid action film and an enjoyable ride with an ensemble cast that will leave you screaming like a schoolgirl from all the badassery that is on the screen. A fitting sequel to a badass film and a franchise I would definitely like to see more of.
Entertaining? Absolutely. However, it loses at least a star for Murdoch's relentless product placement (The Sun newspaper, Fox News) and not-so-subtle Trump apologetics littered into the subtext. The appropriation of the working classes for Conservative agendas is pernicious at best. As for the spectating experience, silly fun, nothing more, nothing less.
Comes up short of its predecessor, but who expected it to surpass the freshness and inspiration the original managed to inspire? "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" is a welcome-back of old characters playing similar beats until the thene of the War on Drugs is worked into an engaging plot. It holds its own in being singularly entertaining, even a bit emotional, as it wrangles in more fun, if overkill, into the franchise.
Terrible pacing, REALLY creative ideas, wasted talent, and Elton John. If you can't tell from that list that it's a mixed bag, then here's me telling you: it's a mixed bag. Decently fun. Gotta say though, the Glastonbury sequence is in such poor taste its surprising even for Vaughn.
Tatum, Bridges, Moore, and Berry factored heavily into advertising but probably have ~20 minutes of screen time. The plot about Firth's memory was a snoozefest... the definition of predictable. The film's regard for the "Glasto ho" character is arch-misogynist bullshit. Death of Merlin was pointless emotional manipulation. Moore was great, wish her role was more substantial. Violence was 100% wonderful & hilarious.