There are movies made from the graphic novel world that are happy going quietly, sort of, into the transition from the pages of print onto the big screen.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is not one of these.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn from his screenplay with Jane Goldman, this is a 2-hour, 21-minute spectacle bursting with spy stuff, gun play, more spy stuff, weapons more dangerous than guns, treachery … You get the idea.
Yes, it’s bigger in scope than Kingsman: The Secret Service, the 2014 movie that preceded it from the comic book The Secret Service.
In this one, Eggsy is all grown up. He’s got to regroup and spring into work when Kingsman headquarters are blown up by psycho criminal Poppy Adams. His quest takes him to Kentucky, where he meets a band of U.S. spies called Statesman. Together they must figure out what’s what in the exotic, eccentric, dangerous world of Golden Circle.
Yeah, they get some interesting and unexpected help from Elton John, who plays himself.
It’s over-the-top, you betcha. And a lot of fun if that’s what you’re expecting on the living room couch/recliner or wherever you choose to watch your Blu-Ray.
Taron Egerton again is mighty cool as Eggsy, and Hanna Alstrom still has his heart as the Princess. Colin Firth and Mark Strong are back in their meaty Kingsman ways, too, fighting to vanquish the smarts of the villain played with spitting favor by Julianne Moore.
That’s what Kingsman is all about we know by now.