Movie: Kingsman: The Golden Circle
My Rating: 3 stars
I like silly movies. I like laughing like a fool over completely ridiculous, rude jokes. And, so that’s why I like these Kingsman movies even though everyone else in the world seems to think they’re drivel. People really didn’t like this latest installment. But you know what? I’m not too cool to admit that I loved laughing at all the rude jokes this movie served up. Sometimes that’s just what you’re in the mood for—watching Elton John making a thinly-veiled butt sex joke.
This movie is a continuation of the spoof on the James Bond spy flicks. The scenarios are outrageous, the gadgets are fantastic, no character stays dead for very long, and the clothes are to die for. I’ve never wanted a bespoke suit more than I did while watching this film. And, while the jokes are a bit more over the top than the humor in the original Bond movies, they do share a good amount of the same sort of camera winking. The story picks up not too long after the first movie. Life seems to be going well for our protagonist Eggsy. He’s being a good spy, and he’s in a relationship with the Swedish princess he clicked with in the first movie. But then, terrorists show up and try to ruin everything! So naturally, this leads the British boys to look to their American counterparts—the Statesmen—for help. And, these guys have the same number of snazzy gadgets, and specialty-wear as the Brits. Although, theirs is more of a cowboy theme, while the English are playing gentlemen. Let the craziness ensue! Their exploits take them all over the globe, and they make sure to get there in style—even when they’re fighting a deranged drug lord in the mountains of Colombia.
This really is a silly, fluffy movie. And, either you’re the kind of person who likes that or you’re not. I’m not going to try to defend this movie to someone who didn’t like it. But, I did. And, it was especially fun to see this kind of outrageous, comedy-action flick on the big screen. Rent it if you’re feeling up for a mindless but gratifying frolic and detour. Just don’t expect it to be something it’s not. Sure, there are plenty of sly nods to classic Bond films, but that’s about as deep as it goes.