‘Kingsman’ looks less stylish, but still fun
For all the supporting players, this remains a heavily British-tinged production — basically James Bond on steroids and laughing gas. Yet if later Bond movies slipped into camp before Daniel Craig rescued them, “Kingsman 2” seems to have arrived at that precipice somewhat prematurely. (Fox News, incidentally, gets plenty of synergistic screen time in this Fox release.)
Operating without the sense of discovery in Eggsy’s introduction into this peculiar world, Vaughn seeks to compensate with Harry’s plight, and the relationship between the U.S. cowboy types and the genteel British spies. Yet much of that feels like killing time between the shoot-’em-ups and fights, which again ratchet up the violence to cartoonish levels.
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” ultimately delivers enough highlights along the way to merit the return engagement. It’s just that despite — and partly because of — all its shiny new accessories, the movie essentially forces the audience to wade through a fair amount of sediment to find its golden nuggets.
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” opens Sept. 22 in the U.S. It’s rated R.
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