Have you ever imagined what the James Bond franchise would be like if it had more tongue-in-cheek humor, and was willing to take more risks? Then what you imagined is the Kingsman franchise.
After the somewhat surprising success of the original, “Kingsman: A Secret Service”, a sequel was green-lighted almost immediately.
The director, Matthew Vaughn, continues the fun of the first film, and in some respects ups the ante of the original. The plot centers around our main character, Gary “Eggsy” Harvin following the ending of the first movie. Everything is going fine, until all Kingsman agents are all mysteriously killed, all but Eggsy, and espionage expert, Merlin.
The two need to find out how this happened, but they no longer have the resources, so they have to contact an old ally.
While the Kingsman were established in England, the American equivalent, Statesmen was established in Kentucky. The Kingsman and the Statesmen work together to find out what’s going on, and eventually find out a drug tycoon has eliminated the Kingsman in order to try, and take over the world.
The movie keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. The action is non-stop, and doesn’t pull any punches.
The movie definitely earns its R rating, with multiple accounts of decapitation, and limb dismemberment. The gadgets are reminiscent of Bond, from electrocuted lassos, to baseball grenades, and much more.
The settings are also fantastic, from rural Kentucky to a Swiss ski resort.
The cast is also loaded with such actors as Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and a special cameo by Sir Elton John.
The soundtrack is also superb including such songs as “Annie’s Song” “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Rocket Man.”
Overall I gave 9/10 stars, as the movie is great. It has lots of high-flying action, and great dialogue, but it fails to capture the creative spark the original had. I enjoyed it very much, I would recommend, and I would see it again.