Kingsmen: The Golden Circle (2017)

A year after defeating Valentine in the first film, Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) has officially joined the Kingsman, having taken his late mentor Harry Hart’s title of Galahad and is dating Tilde, Crown Princess of Sweden (Hanna Alstrom). He’s soon attacked by Charlie, the rejected Kingsman who turned on the world in the wake of Valentine’s plot. During their battle, he hacks into the Kingsman’s database, allowing Poppy Adams (Julianna Moore) and her drug cartel the Golden Circle to murder every single Kingsman agent save Eggsy and handler Merlin (Mark Strong).

How can Eggsy save the world from a deadly virus spread by doing recreational drugs? Simple. Head to America and meet the Statesmen, the American side of the secret spy world.

While the Kingsman are based around fine clothes, the Statesman are based around hard alcohol. They’re led by Champagne (Jeff Bridges) and have Ginger Ale (Halle Berry), Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) and Tequila (Channing Tatum) in their organization. And oh yeah — they’ve saved Harry’s life, but he remembers nothing of being a spy.

This movie is completely ridiculous, taking the farce of the first movie even further to the point that Elton John battles a robotic guard dog.

I love the scene in the Italian Alps, as it feel as if it were taken directly from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Again, despite how outlandish this gets, it’s so much better than the recent spate of Bond films.

At the wedding scene at the end of this movie, Harry claims that one of their founding agents once said. “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” That person would be British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

I’m excited to see where the Kingsmen go next, both in a proposed third film and a prequel that has been moved to September of this year.

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