A sequel was inevitable and as I say in my video review (click the link above to watch) it is bigger and certainly more colorful than ever with the second film taking on a host of new American co-stars and a villain that grinds her victims into tasty cheeseburgers.
Like its predecessor, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is crude at times (Eggsy having to place a tracking device on a female target - played by Poppy Delevingne, no less - in a very intimate place) but it lacks the charm of the original. The dirty deed is perpetrated by Poppy Adams (a delicious, demented Julianne Moore), a drug-cartel boss with the big, fake smile and ingratiating manner of a psycho TV weather lady.
The spy comedy sees Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and the Kingsman agents join forces with their American counterpart Statesman, as the world is threatened by a crime syndicate called The Golden Circle. Pedro Pascal, known best for Game of Thrones and Narcos, is the highlight of Golden Circle as Agent Whiskey.
"Kingsman: The Golden Circle is not a good movie". After all, he was shot point blank by Richard Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) in Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is set for release on September 29.
There are, however, more positive reactions to the film than negative. Visitors to the site can explore Kingsman-themed content and information on the British locations in the film and details of visitor experiences as well as view the official trailer, images and blogs. This was likely a smart move on the studio's behalf, as it might've gotten lost in the hodgepodge of other event pictures fighting to stand out.
TheWrap's Robert Abele calls it "pop idiocy", a film that "struggles to justify its existence from scene to scene", and "choppy, unapologetically dumb". For now, we'll just have to wait and see how Kingsman: The Golden Circle does.
When asked about his standout moment, Mark teased: "There's a moment in the film that Merlin sings in and it's about owning the space".
There's a Kingsman video game released on iOS and Android to tie in the with the film.
Gadgets are a huge part of any spy movie and this movie does not disappoint.
Of course, the director is often more invested than the average viewer, so the movie was cut to fit the audience better.
In related (good) news, Colin Firth is officially returning to the franchise, despite the rather definite death of his character, Harry Hart aka Galahad, at the hands of Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) in the previous installment.