Two years after Kingsman’s big surprise, Matthew Vaughn returns with a sequel subtitled The Golden Circle. Unfortunately, the director fell into the obvious trap of action film sequels: take the formula of the first film and do tons of it, without giving substance to the characters who made it successful. The result is a barely average film that relies only on its achievements.
Two scenarios arise for a director when he has to do a sequel: completely reinventing the formula to surprise or redo exactly the same thing, but stronger. This is the second option that was chosen here, even if it means becoming absurd and parodying oneself.
This goes through certain emblematic scenes, sometimes taken shot by shot (to make fun of it or for lack of inspiration) to the hero still in the learning phase through the funny psychopathic villain in his dementia. In addition, the rare finds are evaded in a few seconds. For example, the passion of the wicked Julianne Moore (excellent character, by the way) for the 50s is only a pastiche to make the actors evolve in absurd settings. It is also difficult to find any interest in the Statemen, the American cousins of the Kingsmen, who only serve to display a three-star cast and to make fun of the heaviness of the Americans.
All the new elements are unfortunately thus flown over, flat and emotionless, only serving as a practical lever for a scenario that is far too classic. Likewise, it is impossible to avoid the traditional syndrome in the aftermath of excessive exposure to set up a story that has trouble getting started. As the film progresses, we then realize that Kingsman 2 is no longer a spy movie parody, but a Kingsman 1 parody .
A sluggish sequel, therefore, which seeks to align with the dictatorship of cool launched by the eldest. To reconnect with the first Kingsman class of the name, Vaughn doesn’t hesitate to break the rules of his universe along the way to live up to it, which tends to kill any credibility in the plot and dramatically kill the plot. impact of the heroes’ adventures. The famous TGCM is required at several times to allow the film to advance or install a particular element. Add to that characters who do not evolve or change little, or worse, who sometimes regress, as well as drama that happens like hair on the soup and we have a dramatic tension that falls like a soufflé.
Dantesque action scenes
Kingsman The Golden Circle gives this weird impression that the whole plot has been put together to dress up the action scenes. Because it is here that the film excels. From the first minutes, Vaughn proves that he knows how to build fight scenes with real progression in the action. Impressive scenes, skillfully staged often to the detriment of consistency. Our Kingsmen are no longer shock secret agents, but superheroes.
A legacy inherited from a comic book universe (from which Kingsman originally came) which never hesitates to transport characters to such or such absurd place because the author has an idea of an action scene. It’s the same for our Kingsmen, who are carried around here and there for the beauty of the fights, even if it means making a twenty-minute detour in the film. As if the different sequences were weekly comic book issues roughly linked to each other. An excuse that could have been valid if Kingsman 1 , which had a lot more to offer, had not been there before.
Sluggish, often vain but devilishly effective in action scenes, Kingsman The Golden Circle unfortunately misses the mark. The saga already seems to be lost after the second episode, leaving its license status as cool as class far behind. Remains an effective action film, but which unfortunately will be quickly forgotten.