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Kingsman: The Golden Circle is not the smart, quirky, and charming film that surprised me so much that the original was.

"The Golden Circle" boasts a truly excellent cast playing to their strengths. With the two organisations collaborating, Eggsy, in partnership with Agent Whiskey (Pedro Pascal), aims to find and destroy the mysterious crime group known as "The Golden Circle", which is led by the highly unstable Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore).

As well as welcoming the 300-strong crew for Kingsman: The Golden Circle Birmingham also recently played host to legendary director Steven Spielberg who filmed a significant portion of this new film Ready Player One in the city.

"I think everyone should be included but I think it's Eggsy's..." It turned out that swearing, sex and raunchy comedy worked well in a comic book film. And while there are the ubiquitous suits, guns and gadgets that both Egerton and Firth pull off so very well, the characters played by Pascal, Tatum and Bridges, with an American setting to boot, bring a Spaghetti-Western feel to what is seen as a very British film franchise.

Unfortunately it seems like the curse of the sequel is upon us, the second movie, titled The Golden Circle isn't as interesting.

Therefore, a much hype has been received as the movie is starring the English singer, Elton John. Vaughn compared the ending of the ending of this movie to the ending of The Empire Strikes Back, insisting that there's more to the story. With most directors (*ahem* Zack Snyder *ahem*) this trick has gotten old, but Vaughn somehow still manages to pull new things out of it.

But as long as you stop trying to analyse the plot and action sequences the sooner you'll get swept along (as indeed many did with the first film). This time, though, he and his team are forced to team up with the Statesman, a similar spy organisation based in the United States.

However, I like Marmite and I, with some reservations, quite enjoyed this follow-up film. For an action/comedy fan like me - and somebody who wants her violent content over-the-top and cartoonish - "The Golden Circle" is a solid win.

That's where Tatum, Berry and Bridges come in. But that doesn't make it bad, it just makes it more standard. A few are meant to be glorified cameos, but each actor is having so much fun on this roller coaster ride that I wanted more. It's just a bit too messy and a bit too happy to make jokes at the expense of character.

The reason why the first Kingsman movie (arguably) worked was because Matthew Vaughn was able to reign in some of the craziness while still putting his own fun twist on the whole thing.



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