The Golden Circle’ brings Southern Charm to British Spy Comedy

Alfonzo Galvan

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            Who says Spies can’t be funny? Or American? Direct Matthew Vaughn, follows up his 2014 over the top spy extravaganza, in which he redefined what a spy flick could be, with another interesting twist in Golden Circle.

            Kingsman: The Golden Circle sees Taron Egerton reprise his role as “Eggsy”, the newest member of an international intelligence organization known as Kingsman. This organization who pose as a tailor shop are left without a headquarters and must seek help from their American counterparts the Statesman as they look to regroup and rebuild.

            New additions in the cast are mainly made up of the new Statesman organization. Channing Tatum comes on board to play the “wild child” of the Statesman; a southern cowboy going by the codename “Tequila.”

            The lead antagonist, a sociopathic drug kingpin is played by Julianna Moore. Cameos include International megastar Elton John playing a fictionalized version of himself.

            Golden Circle includes all the classic spy movie elements: amazing gadgets, fast cars, beautiful women and a leading male wearing a perfectly tailored suit.

            The big twist in this sequel is the Kingsman’s American cousin. Statesman aren’t as much into the fashion industry as they’re into the booze business.

            Drinking a martini (“shaken not stirred”) isn’t for the Americans who prefer bourbon whiskey.

            While not better than the first in my opinion, Golden Circle goes a different route than most sequels.

            Director Matthew Vaughn looks to continue taking the series into unclaimed territories. Openly mocking many of the clichés related to spy movies, Vaughn’s characters practically break the forth wall.

            Golden Circle is funnier than its predecessor but has a basic plot. The idea of American spies does add humor and a new perspective to the story.

            The action sequences, although well played, seem to repeat a lot by the time the credits roll.

My biggest complaint was the few sad parts in the movie seemed to be rushed. This fast-paced sequel could have definitely used some breaks between the action scenes.

            In the end, this film fails to recreate the magic of its predecessor.

            Although heavily advertised for the film Tatum’s character, sadly, takes a backseat for most of the movie leaving viewers wanting more.

            Luckily, the viewers do get a hint of Channing Tatum’s future involvement in the series and a possible Statesman spin-off.