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Kingsman: The Golden Circle  : King’s English, Kheema and Kentucky Khichdi
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Friday, September 22, 2017
Matthew Vaughn
Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Elton John, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Edward Holcroft

The wacky fun of the Kingsman series returns.


In London, young Eggsy from the original instalment jumps straight into the action with a high-techcar chase on the roads. Senior Kingsman Merlin navigates him to safety through sophisticated computer wizardry, the gizmos atrademark delight of the franchise.


After the adrenaline-pumping ride, Eggsy makes it for his date with a very special girl. But his heart still weeps for mentor Harry who’s no more. There’s more heart-bleed around the corner as someone’s just succeeded in wiping out all the members of Kingsman, leaving Eggsy and Merlin as the only survivors.


On another continent, the very wicked Poppy Adams runs the world’s biggest drug cartel with vicious robot-dogs and armed men with a golden circle embossed painfully on their bodies. Poppy’s speciality is a huge mincer into which she puts her victims. The mincemeat that comes out, she serves as a burger with a flourish, the smile never deserting her face. Poppy’s smile is in place even when she’s decimating Kingsman, the international spy agency, from miles away.It’s like the film itself. Even what’s gory is zany.


Poppy Adams has a wicked agenda, unfolded by her in an address to the President of The United States. Her contaminated relaxation drugs have infected millions all over America who’re only three steps away from death. Make my drugs legal, she says. Save lives, legalise. And I’ll give you the antidote.


Eggsy and Merlin of Saville Row must nowjoin hands with a Kentucky gang to bring down Poppy and get that antidote. Harry makes a comeback too. But the President has a vile plan of his own and the Americans have someone untrustworthy in their midst.


The action is high speed, the gadgets are high value and the cheerful British-American mix with country music thrown in, has its own high.Like the Brits being suited always and the Americans in casuals until they visit Saville Row of course.


Director Michael Vaughn keeps the fun going. And there are neat spill-overs from the first instalment like Harry calmly walking away from trouble, locking the doors and turning back for some swift kickass action.


But the end seems endless and the film should’ve been crisper. As crisp as Colin Firth’s turn as gentleman-spy Harry.


Elton John puts in a comic appearance while Julianne Moore as Poppy seems to have had a good time playing bad. Halle Berry and Channing Tatum are backbenchers in the franchise where Taron Egerton as Eggsy is the main charmer.


In a James Bondish way, Kingsman seems to have settled down as a fun-action franchise.


For a film that’s just not to be taken seriously and entertains most of the way, Kingsman: The Golden Circle gets a 3* rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author
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