Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
The Sydney Film Festival is on now! Click here to check out our must-see films with the SWITCH team's reviews.x
review, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Kingsman:, The, Golden, Circle, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, home entertainment, DVD, Blu-ray, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Elton John, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Sophie Cookson, Matthew Vaughn film rating

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

THE SHOCKING SEQUEL MISFIRE ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY

HOME ENTERTAINMENT REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Daniel Lammin
20th December 2017

There’s a moment towards the end of unexpected 2014 hit ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ that always felt strangely out of step with the rest of the film. For those who enjoyed it, the film was an imaginative shot of Tarantino-esque anarchy injected into the spy genre, along with some genuine heart and wit, but this one moment (and anyone who has seen it will know exactly which moment I mean) was crass, problematic and unnecessary - and for many, ruined everything that came before it. Well, in hindsight, that moment was a warning of things to come, because for some inexplicable reason, the anticipated sequel ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is basically that one shitty moment extended to two and a half hours.

After the Kingsman are wiped out, the survivors Eggsy (Taron Egerton, ‘Testament of Youth’, ‘Eddie The Eagle’) and Merlin (Mark Strong, ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, ‘The Imitation Game’) team up with their U.S. equivalent the Statesman, led by Champ (Jeff Bridges, ‘True Grit’, ‘The Big Lebowski’). Together, they aim to take down drug kingpin Poppy (Julianne Moore, ‘Still Alice’, ‘Wonderstruck’) who threatens the planet with a poison hidden inside her elicit substances which could kill millions.

'KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE' TRAILER

As a big fan of the first film, the nosedive into turgid mediocrity that the franchise has taken with this film is crushing, especially as everything about this film feels completely incongruous to the original. Director Matthew Vaughan (‘X-Men: First Class’, ‘Kick-Ass’) and co-writer Jane Goldman (‘The Limehouse Golem’, ‘Stardust’) haphazardly throw a list of the most putrid of male fantasies together into some form of plot (one that barely makes sense or moves with any kind of inertia), with Vaughan approaching every moment with obnoxious, juvenile sound and fury, well and truly signifying nothing. Where the first film had at least a few interesting female characters, here women are nothing more than objects of manipulation and objectification, all blonde and needy and easily manipulated, and every single male character (even the great ones from the first film) is unlikable and generally pretty rancid. It was as if the film makes an active effort to actually be as provocative and offensive as it can possibly be, leaving me wonder how on earth anyone thought any of the sex jokes, the flashes of putrid male chauvinism or allusions of sexual manipulation and rape were ever a good idea. You can’t even appreciate it for its technical work, each element as ill-conceived and messy as the next. There’s a sense this film has no idea what it wants to be – the tone is inconsistent, the performances are all out of sync, and even the score seems to think it’s a far more serious movie than it actually is.

Basically, imagine the worst kind of Kingsman fan fiction written by a spotty pubescent teenage boy with raging hormones, anger management issues and trouble getting a girl to like him, and you pretty much have ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’.

Basically, imagine the worst kind of Kingsman fan fiction written by a spotty pubescent teenage boy with raging hormones, anger management issues and trouble getting a girl to like him, and you pretty much have ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’. Even actors like Julianne Moore and returning Colin Firth (why is he even back?!) can’t lend gravitas to this fart-filled balloon of a film. Much like what happened with Matthew Vaughan’s ‘Kick-Ass’, this sequel ignores everything you loved about the original and takes literally the one thing everyone hated about it, and spun a whole film out of it. No matter how many explosions they’ve put in it, the only spectacle that comes out of this film is watching it all fall apart.

PICTURE & SOUND
The film might look awful, but the 1080p 2.39:1 transfer is still very impressive, replicating the film’s shiny polished look with great clarity and popping colours. It also betrays the short-fallings in the visuals of the film itself, but I doubt you’d want to see the film looking any better. The DTS-HD MA 7.1 track is aggressive and punchy, much like the obnoxious sound design, but it’s always clear and well-balanced, and creates an enveloping audio experience. Overall, a pretty great presentation for a film that doesn’t deserve it.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Much like the release of the first film, the bulk of the material comes in the feature ‘Kingsman: Inside the Golden Circle’, a series of nine featurettes that play together as a single feature (1:57:13). They cover most aspects of the production (including the film’s bizarre cameo), and feature most of the major players, but as with all BTS videos of bad films, you wonder how any of them could be so enthusiastic. The opening car chase is explored more closely in ‘Black Cab Chaos: Anatomy of a Killer Chase’ (12:49), while the rest of the disc holds Concept and Behind The Scenes galleries and the theatrical trailers.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: 20/12/2017
CAST: Colin Firth
Julianne Moore
Taron Egerton
Mark Strong
Halle Berry
Pedro Pascal
Elton John
Channing Tatum
Jeff Bridges
Sophie Cookson
DIRECTOR: Matthew Vaughn
WRITERS: Matthew Vaughn
Jane Goldman
PRODUCERS: Adam Bohling
David Reid
Matthew Vaughn
www.KingsmanMovie.com
KingsmanMovie
KingsmanMovie
KingsmanMovie
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Lost in Space: The Complete First Season - An exhilarating adventure into the great beyond
TRENDINGWIN LOST IN SPACE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASONAn exhilarating adventure into the great beyond
Hotel Mumbai - A nail-biting account of a real-life drama
TRENDINGWIN HOTEL MUMBAIA nail-biting account of a real-life drama
Standing Up For Sunny - A comedy without the comedy but very sweet
TRENDINGSTANDING UP FOR SUNNYA comedy without the comedy but very sweet
Claire Darling - A French film fail
TRENDINGCLAIRE DARLINGA French film fail
My Big Gay Italian Wedding - A ridiculously fun love story
TRENDINGMY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDINGA ridiculously fun love story
The Dead Don't Die - A zombie comedy that's anything but grave
TRENDINGTHE DEAD DON'T DIEA zombie comedy that's anything but grave
Back of the Net - Misses the net, and then some
TRENDINGBACK OF THE NETMisses the net, and then some
The Final Quarter - Tackling a shameful chapter in AFL history
TRENDINGTHE FINAL QUARTERTackling a shameful chapter in AFL history
The Nightingale - A blunt and brutal period piece
TRENDINGTHE NIGHTINGALEA blunt and brutal period piece
Saturday Afternoon - A shocking and abrasive assessment of terrorism
TRENDINGSATURDAY AFTERNOONA shocking and abrasive assessment of terrorism
Tolkien - 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Hobbit' fans, this one's for you
TRENDINGTOLKIEN'Lord of the Rings' and 'Hobbit' fans, this one's for you
2040 - A hopeful look into our environmental future
TRENDING2040A hopeful look into our environmental future
Sydney Film Festival 2019 - The reviews
TRENDINGSYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2019The reviews
The Wandering Chef - A delicious tale of human connection
TRENDINGTHE WANDERING CHEFA delicious tale of human connection
Ladyworld - Experimental thriller not so thrilling
TRENDINGLADYWORLDExperimental thriller not so thrilling
Men in Black: International - Wish we could memory wipe this one
TRENDINGMEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONALWish we could memory wipe this one
Never Look Away - An artistic and spiritual epic
TRENDINGNEVER LOOK AWAYAn artistic and spiritual epic
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir - An endearing tale of destiny
TRENDINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIRAn endearing tale of destiny
The Audience - Mirren reprises her role as The Queen
TRENDINGTHE AUDIENCEMirren reprises her role as The Queen
Judy & Punch - A dark fairytale from a fresh Australian voice
TRENDINGJUDY & PUNCHA dark fairytale from a fresh Australian voice
© 2011 - 2019 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us