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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

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When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the United States. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taron Egerton ... Eggsy
Edward Holcroft ... Charlie
Gordon Alexander ... Kingsman Cab Driver
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 (as Tom Benedict-Knight)
Colin Firth ... Harry Hart
Michael Gambon ... Arthur
Sophie Cookson ... Roxy
Björn Granath ... The King of Sweden
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Storyline

After the Kingsman headquarters are blown up by a psychotic criminal named Poppy Adams, the surviving agents find their way to an allied secret organisation based in Kentucky, named Statesman. The two agencies must now work together in order to save the world and take down the so called 'Golden Circle'. Written by Viir khubchandani

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Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of strong violence, drug content, language throughout and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Italian | Swedish

Release Date:

22 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kingsman: The Golden Circle See more »

Filming Locations:

Camberley, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$104,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,023,010, 24 September 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$100,234,838

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$410,878,571
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Fourth collaboration between Matthew Vaughn and Mark Strong. They previously worked together on Stardust (2007), Kick-Ass (2010), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). See more »

Goofs

During the opening chase sequence, Eggsy is wearing a midnight blue suit and his attacker is wearing a lighter blue hooded sweatshirt. Eggsy is shown on the floor of the car almost falling out the door and his attacker is on top. When the film moves to a distant shot, a stunts person wearing a light blue shirt is on the bottom and another stunts person wearing a dark blue shirt is on top. This scene is out of order and would work with the previous fight close up when the characters are reversed. See more »

Quotes

[Harry and Eggsy toast each other]
Harry Hart: Cheers.
Eggsy: Are you sure I don't look like a dick?
Harry Hart: Look in the mirror.
[Eggsy approaches the mirror]
Harry Hart: What do you see?
Eggsy: Someone who can't believe what the fuck is going on.
Harry Hart: I see a man who is honorable, brave, loyal, who's fulfilled his huge potential. A man who's done something good with his life.
Eggsy: I owe you everything, Harry. Thank you.
Harry Hart: Don't mention it. You ready?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

There is a statement in the closing credits: "A dope thanks to Samuel L. Jackson." Jackson had played Richmond Valentine in the previous Kingsman film. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Singapore, before the film could receive an NC16 classification the film was edited in order to remove two utterances of religious profanity which was deemed to exceeded the BFC's set Classification Guidelines. Under these Classification Guidelines, "language that denigrates religion or is religiously profane" is not allowed for all ratings. See more »

Connections

References Thunderball (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Jack Rabbit
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Published by Universal/Dick James Music Ltd.
Performed by Elton John
Courtesy of Virgin EMI Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Sequel tries to recapture lightning of original, gets lesser but still fun product
21 September 2017 | by regula1See all my reviews

This movie feels familiar, and on two counts it is.

The Golden Circle is the sequel to the unexpected success story Kingsman: The Secret Service, which was a humorous satire of spy movie tropes with serious undertones mixed in. It knew when to be serious and when to be so serious it was funny. That, combined with some excellent cinematography, made The Secret Service a thoroughly enjoyable film.

The Golden Circle has all of these things as well, but while still fun it just comes off feeling like a lesser imitation of the original.

Which is where the second count of familiarity comes in: 2017 had another one of these sequels repeat the same formula with lesser results, namely Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Curiously, both original films (Kingsman: The Secret Service and Guardians of the Galaxy) premiered in 2014 with both sequels coming out this year.

Now, that's not to say that Guardians Vol. 2 wasn't fun, and The Golden Circle has plenty of fun as well.

The film finds the Kingsman on the receiving end of a ruthless Julianne Moore as Poppy, a leader of a drug cartel who wants all drugs to be legalized. Her leverage: her drugs will kill all of its users, of which there are hundreds of millions worldwide. With the Kingsmen's UK resources destroyed, it's up to Taron Egerton's Eggsy and Mark Strong's Merlin to team up with the Statesmen, the US intelligence service featuring Jeff Bridges's Champ, Channing Tatum's Tequila, and Halle Berry's Ginger Ale.

There are fast-paced, well-shot action scenes throughout, as with the original Kingsman, the standout being the taxi chase at the beginning. The dialogue is fun, but it hits a few sour notes along the way, especially in its parodying of a certain political figure which comes off as ham-fisted and forced.

The pacing of this film is a problem. At 2 hours 21 minutes, it definitely feels too long, especially when there are one too many big set pieces that feel like they should be the stage for the finale but end up being not.

Finally, there's a right way and a wrong way to do callbacks to the previous film in a sequel. It's OK to be overt, as long as it's balanced with other, more subtle references as well. Unfortunately, The Golden Circle tends to pound you over the head with callbacks, including literally splicing in footage from the first film in reference to characters who are supposed to be important, but for the life of me you can't possibly remember where they popped up in the first film unless you watch it right before seeing this one.

Overall, I would say that there is nothing truly objectionable about this film (although throwing in lots of F-Bombs doesn't automatically equal comedy), but this film may just serve as a reminder of a much more solid film that came before it rather than standing on its own merits.


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