When Kingsman: The Secret Service came out in 2015, no one expected this movie to blow up. After much enthusiastic response from the audience, the Kingsman finally becomes a franchise of its own with sequels, game, pop up shop to be released after the first installment. In 2017, we see the second episode of the movie titled Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Matthew Vaughn still becomes the director of the second movie and once again resurrect Kingsman, an international independent intelligence agency based in the United Kingdom that operates at a high level of confidentiality with the goal of maintaininCg world security, thanks to their cover as a high-end tailors, looking like they’d just stepped out of a Savile Row shop front window. Colin Firth reprises his role as Harry Hart a.k.a Galahad, a spy whose gentleman-ness can not be doubt. Mark Strong as Merlin, Michael Caine as Chester King a.k.a Arthur and Taron Egesrton as Eggsy also return to their old roles. A new recruit to the whole gang is Sophie Cookson who played the role of Roxy.
On Golden Circle, the conflict emerged from the introduction of Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), a drug dealer who, as head of the mysterious Golden Circle criminal enterprise, sets in place a nefarious plan that sets her on a collision course with Eggsy. The film gave surprises throughout the whole course, and the return of Harry Hart who was supposed to be dead on the first movie became a nice addition on Golden Circle. Their headquarter was blown away leading Eggsy and Merlin on a search to find the culprit. They linked with the American equivalent of Kingsman, called “Statesman”. Agent Tequila (Channing Tatum), Ginger Ale (Halle Berry), and Agent Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) led by Agent Champagne (Jeff Bridges) worked together to beat their common enemy. The whole debacle included the usual chase and run of action movie, added with the Kingsman’s undeniable charm. For us, the action part of this movie lacks a bit compared to the first one. In spite of this weakness, The Golden Circle gave a fresher take on the franchise with its twists. It is highly possible that this movie might act as a bridge towards next installment as told by Vaughn himself. If you follow this movie, then the second edition is a must watch, but as a standalone, this could also be an option for your weekend’s activity.
Reviewer: Audy Prasetya/Editor: Novita Widia