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Kingsman: The Golden Circle is too much style, not enough substance.

It’s a wanna-be cool movie but in its second outing (the first one was pretty farcical too but somehow managed to turn Colin Firth into an unlikely action hero) it just tries too hard, missing the mark that would have catapulted it into a pretty decent action movie. It’s not that it’s bad (in-fact in comparison to some of the movies this year it’s praise-worthy), it’s just that it’s too much for no apparent reason.

There’s simply a plethora of information in most scenes, without giving audiences the time to actually digest the minutia and appreciate the next scene. Kingsman: The Golden Circle sees Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Harry (Colin Firth) reprise their ‘proper’ spy roles and team up with an array of who’s who of Hollywood (Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum and Halle Berry) to fight against a whimsical and psychopathic drug baroness (Julianne Moore) who lives in the wilderness and controls The Golden Circle (her crime organisation of mayhem). Oh yes, she also has Elton John as her prisoner/pet/personal performer.

For what it’s worth, this film is entertaining nonetheless, with some cool gadgets, car chase scenes, humans being chopped up into burger meat and the likes. It is not the best, yet it’s fun.

★★★

Reviewed by Joseph Rana