“Manners, Maketh, Man!” Such an elegant phrase that got millions all fired up years ago in preparation for the spy action flick of the season. Kingsman was a smashing success back in the day for me, and when I saw a sequel coming, I may have squealed in glee a tiny bit. Yet, I feared that a sequel could smudge the adventure I enjoyed so much, especially with the expanded cast. So tonight, I put on my suit (or t-shirt) and hit the theater to scope out the next mission. Was the mission a success? Read on to find out friends.
Funny: Remember that edgy humor the first Kingsman had? Well the magic continues my friends, as Kingsman2 is certainly Golden in much of its comedic bite. It starts like always with the banter between agents, well-timed and well-delivered by our cast to maximize the punch at hand. Then comes the reactions of our agents as their thrown ridiculous curve balls, or baseballs at points, meant to hinder their way. Yet the cameo by a certain celebrity might have been a major source of gut busting guffaws. I won’t reveal who it is (I leave that to the Internet), but get ready to laugh so hard you might cry with his “rock n roll’ themed lines.
Emotional: Surprisingly, Kingsman 2 may be more heart wrenching than the first movie. Eggsy’s next stage of life has more than enough sad moments that will slow the adrenaline ride down, like those stubborn speedbumps in a parking lot, or a Game of Thrones episode. Character development is certainly stronger than ever in this movie, pushing our lead protagonist to levels we never really thought he would have to face. All these challenges keep you invested in Eggsy, Merlin, and others for the second round, making for a more immersive experience.
Fast Paced: Kingsman 2 may run for 2.5 hours, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it at all to me. With all the laughs, emotional investment, and action, you’ll experience a time warp to the end of the film. I certainly did not feel bored in this movie at all, and was quite pleased by the entertainment it brought. To have that pace and the decent balance brought with it, is not something you see in most films.
Action: Of course my favorite aspect has to be the action packed into the film on many levels. Kingsman 2 keeps up the high energy infused sequences that are about guns, melee, gadgets, and over the top stunts. Eggsy and the gang bring their skills back in high definition, special effects crazy goodness, with a fantastic play list to further amp things up. This dynamic was maintained through most of the movie, keeping things interesting with new gadgets to tear baddies a new one with. Despite a few missed moments, the action is certainly the selling point of this movie, especially with its integration into the plot and the pertinence to the mission. Throw in stable camera work and editing, and you just maximize the excitement of this film.
Ridiculousness: Don’t get me wrong, the absurdity of this film is one of those charming qualities that got me into the movie. However, in this sequel, that level sometimes went a little too far outside reality to take away from the atmosphere they were creating. If the stunts aren’t too farfetched for you, then the invulnerability, or medical technology feats will have you rolling their eyes as they reach preposterous proportions. It fits in the comedic spoof theme, but feels out of place at times and took a little away from the suspense. This is only a small dislike.
Viscous nature: I like a good action movie, and darkness can certainly open the gates to maximize the violence we love to see our actors perform. They unfortunately overstep their boundaries at times, crossing into the darker world I like to avoid if possible. Some rather gruesome deaths and blood bashings are the first scratches that chinked my armor. While a few are obviously computer generated, the special effects craft some rather scarring images that won’t leave my memory anytime soon. Even worse though, is the cruelty to animals in this film. You know I hate unnecessary hurting of our furrier friends, but Kingsman was not hesitant to go the distance of getting emotional responses by this means. Not cool for me, but if you lack that empathy, you’ll shrug it off like the agent’s credo.
Wasted Characters: Kingsman has a lot of great actors, with much of our cast reprising their roles in style and to great heights. Even newcomers like Julianne Moore as an eccentric villain, or Halle Berry as a tech geek, get applause from me. Hollywood though fails to live up to utilizing all their characters to the same degree…again. Agents who survived the wraith of the last film are reduced to the background with little remorse, making small contributions at the best. New agent wise… don’t count on eye candy Channing Tatum to do much better, resorting to one action scene, and more modeling in an Abercrombie and Fitch manner. Why he doesn’t get a serious chance? I can’t answer, but I was disappointed with his involvement in the film.
Overall, I was very pleased with this sequel and enjoyed the thrill of returning to the frontlines of the spy war. A compelling story with much emotion, amidst comedy and high speed action are the selling points to this film. Yet, the ridiculousness of the stunts, amidst the brutal kills shots and wasted characters takes away from the movie. Still, it’s worth a trip to the theater and I encourage you to hit the theaters to experience the stunts in full glory and enjoy another fun action adventure.
My scores are:
Movie Overall: 7.5