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September 27, 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) --- "British Gentleman Meets Kentucky Whisky Brewer In This Provocative Spy Comedy. P.S. Avoid Eating The Burger, Trust Me."

Plot Summary
With their headquarters destroyed and the world held hostage, members of Kingsman find new allies when they discover a spy organization in the United States known as Statesman. In an adventure that tests their strength and wits, the elite secret agents from both sides of the pond band together to battle a ruthless enemy and save the day, something that's becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy. (1) 

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     I enjoyed Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and I am pleased that the sequel didn't disappoint. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) remains true to the first film and more. I favored Kingsman 2 more than Kingsman 1 because the main focus of the first film was centered around Eggsy’s transformation from a young street punk into a proper English gentleman; we saw the various tests and trials that he was put through in order to become a Kingsman. Essentially Kingsman 1 was an origin story. However, Kingsman 2 needed no such introductions but rather plunged straight into the big-scale action that comes with none-origin spy films and this made the film so much better.

      Director Matthew Vaughn was given the opportunity to direct both films and he makes Kingsman with his own unique style and somehow makes it all work. The action is packed and doubled, while the special effects and visuals are impressive. The story is decent, much like the first film but the British/American theme work and the cultural jokes and references offer some comic relief. Through all the humor, action, and special effects the films still manage to keep an element of sleek and gentlemanly charm - this is after all the defining characteristics of a Kingsman.
     I was most impressed with the transformation of Taron Egerton’s character Eggsy's, who has successfully transformed into a noble gentleman; his refined mannerisms and his maturity in general compared to the first film. Eggsy was a great character transformation that was interesting to see overall, the rest of the characters worked well and the cast fits their roles perfectly, and the cameo by Elton John was pretty hilarious. Although I did wish that one particular Statesman had a bit of a bigger role – you’ll know it when you see it.

     Overall, Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) was a pretty entertaining film and I enjoyed it more than the first film. It was elegant, flamboyant, and carried its usual flair for dramatics. The humor was a bit more refined and Vaughn was not afraid to use some cultural references that you just can’t help but laugh at. The music was fitting and the cast was great. Despite all the foul language and some revolting death scenes, overall this is a pretty great film and it did what it said it would so I recommend Kingsman as a must-see film.
"Manners maketh man."
- Whisky

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  3.5 of 5 star
Worth Buying:  3.5 of 5 stars

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Cast & Crew
Directed by Matthew Vaughn      
Writing Credits: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar (comic book), and Dave Gibbons (comic book)
Produced by 
      Adam Bohling         ...   producer
      Dave Gibbons          ...   executive producer
      Pierre Lagrange      ...   executive producer
      Stephen Marks       ...   executive producer
      Mark Millar             ...   executive producer
      David Reid              ...   producer
      Claudia Schiffer      ...   executive producer
      Matthew Vaughn    ...   producer
Music by Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson         
Cinematography by George Richmond 
Film Editing by Eddie Hamilton  
Casting By Reg Poerscout-Edgerton        
Production Design by Darren Gilford   
Set Decoration by Rosemary Brandenburg       
Costume Design by Arianne Phillips      

Taron Egerton                    ...      Eggsy
Edward Holcroft               ...      Charlie
Mark Strong                       ...      Merlin
Hanna Alström                  ...      Princess Tilde
Calvin Demba                     ...      Brandon
Thomas Turgoose             ...      Liam
Tobi Bakare                        ...      Jamal
Julianne Moore                 ...      Poppy
Keith Allen                           ...      Charles
Tom Benedict Knight       ...      Angel
Colin Firth                           ...      Harry Hart
Michael Gambon               ...      Arthur
Sophie Cookson                ...      Roxy
Björn Granath                    ...      The King of Sweden
Lena Endre                          ...      The Queen of Sweden
Channing Tatum                ...      Tequila
Halle Berry                          ...      Ginger
Elton John                           ...      Elton John
Jeff Bridges                         ...      Champ
Pedro Pascal                       ...      Whiskey
Poppy Delevingne             ...      Clara
Tara Hugo                           ...      Kentucky Barmaid
Bruce Greenwood             ...      President of the United States
Emily Watson                     ...      Chief of Staff Fox
Mark Arnold                       ...      General McCoy

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