Kingsman: The Golden Circle review

Key scenes in Kingsman: The Golden Circle filmed in Birmingham

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"My problem with cinema", Vaughn told Yahoo Movies while promoting the sequel to 2015's "Kingsman: The Secret Service", "Is that everything around the cinema is so expensive that it's killing appetite to go see it, because you've got your kids who are having the world's most expensive popcorn".

The Golden Circle, as the over-informative trailer has probably already shown you, re-unites the survivors of the original film - Taron Egerton, Mark Strong and, surprisingly, since we saw him apparently get his head blown off, Colin Firth - and sends them to the United States of America - cue Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and Channing Tatum for reasons which make little narrative sense, but which will no doubt provide the boffo box-office this franchise is going to need to survive.

Check out the trailer number 2 of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which is full of adrenaline-pumping moments. Even approached with the watered-down expectations that one brings to a late-September Hollywood sequel, Matthew Vaughn's bespoke secret-agent follow-up is massively disappointing. Channing Tatum is Statesman Tequila who can also handle himself in a fight, but, for reasons I won't spoil, isn't around for more than a battle or two.

Harry is very much alive, but not doing so well, at least mentally. When is enough enough?

However, filmmaker Matthew Vaughn did his level best to capture as much of the action in his new movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, on camera as he possibly could.

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" introduced the world to Kingsman - an independent, worldwide intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe.

"Because Elton's in the movie, I came up with the gag of 'Wednesday night's alright for fighting", Vaughn said, referencing the parody poster that accompanied Elton John's casting acknowledgement in May, "and I was thinking, a lot of people aren't gonna understand when he does that".

In truth, parts of Kingsman: The Golden Circle feel like a go-around and do over of the first, so if you enjoyed the puerile hyper-violent edges of the first one, it's more than likely there's plenty to enjoy here. Their strength lies in being distinctively fast, loud, and glib - and never letting the audience think too hard about what's going on.

Taron Egerton is once again on top form and Mark Strong is ever-reliable as intelligence agent, Merlin.

"It took the Bond series 15 years and 10 movies to get to the ridiculed Moonraker". He suggested that a spin-off could be made, centering around the American-based Statesman group introduced in The Golden Circle.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which also stars Colin Firth and Jeff Bridges, opens Friday.

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