SPM movie review: "Kingsman" remains faithful to the crown

Key scenes in Kingsman: The Golden Circle filmed in Birmingham

"I was delighted to get the chance to do it".

Speaking to guests from the Colombo film and arts scene at the reception, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, commented that the film reflects the breadth of talent in Britain's creative industries.

After getting the part, the new drama school grad had to act alongside Oscar-winners Michael Caine and Colin Firth, the latter playing the agent who recruits Egerton's "street kid" to become a spy.

"Kingsman: The Golden Circle" opens in theaters on September 22. Luckily, a Doomsday Protocol guides them to a similar organization in the United States called the Statesmen, which also happens to have taken in Eggsy's mentor Harry (Colin Firth) after his supposedly fatal encounter in the previous film. On the evening of meeting Tilde's parents for the first time, a terrorist attack takes place killing all of the Kingsman agents besides Eggsy and Merlin.

The impressive cast continues with the some major Hollywood names including Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Pedro Pascal, Halle Berry and Poppy Delevingne.

Over the last couple of months, via various wannabe-cool film-makers, I've heard a whole bunch of Bowie, T Rex and plenty of faux-ironic American hair metal thundering out of my local multiplex's sound-systems over the top of fight scenes and auto chases from Atomic Blonde to Baby Driver and back again. The tonal shifts between comedy, drama, and action don't work as well as the first, so when we do reach those moments of tension - to quote Valentine from the previous movie - it seems like, "this ain't that kind of movie". Because who doesn't love Elton John?

"Very many" followed, Egerton laughed.

The film's chief competition for the top spot should come from two Warner Bros. releases.

"I don't think our cliffhangers are as good as Empire Strikes Back, but that really stayed with me, the serialization, always leaving a little bit of wanting more with some resolution needed", the director told Deadline.

Borderline anti-American sentiment and shockingly lazy political commentary aside - Mr. Vaughn wants you to know exactly what he thinks about the world and he won't let something like subtlety impede his telling you - this film will not disappoint fans of the first installment. Everything about the film is bigger than the first with the lore being built upon, more locations being visited, a vast array of likeable characters being introduced and a real step up in terms of action and excitement. But let's face it, as with nearly every sequel, The Golden Circle was never going to live up to its predecessor because it inherently lost the chance to surprise; a factor which the original used to great advantage - something which Deadpool went on to borrow a year or so later.

Yet, to cite just one instance of the movie's excesses, the audience watches as characters are fed into a meat grinder.

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