Directed by Matthew Vaughn and a sequel to the hugely successful 2014 film, Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle sees Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) begin a new journey when their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage. As they are led to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the United States – the Statesman – these two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy, as the world is held hostage by Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore) and her drug cartel, “The Golden Circle”.
Certainly a step down from the first film, but I still found this sequel very enjoyable. It’s full of very much the same of what’s great about the first film: brilliant action and gore, a comedic villain and ultimatum, some funny cameos (I laughed every time Elton was on screen), an excellent performance from Taron Egerton, and some fantastic support from the return of Colin Firth and Mark Strong and the addition of Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, and Pedro Pascal.
There’s a bigger focus on the childish humour of the first film but it doesn’t ever go too far, although it would have been much better without some of it. It’s definitely not of the quality of the first film, but I still found myself laughing often enough to come away happy.