Deco crosses the pond for London premiere of 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'

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Charting the aftermath of a devastating attack on secret spy agency Kingsman and then America, The Golden Circle is twice as silly as 2015's Kingsman: The Silver Service, but sadly, not an inch as good. And yet, by the end, it feels a little like sensory overload. The action sequences aren't necessarily bigger in this sequel, but they are better, building character and plot development into the action.

A sequel to 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service was an inevitable but welcome prospect. Refreshingly, Mark Strong's Merlin has a beefed-up role, since a diminished lineup of Kingsman forces the character to step up and aid Eggsy against Julianne Moore's extremely villainous, yet still adorable, Poppy. Add the bourbon, and the single malt and you've got an action-and-image cocktail that sometimes Vaughn seems to be enjoying more than the viewer.

Take the cast, for example. This, in turn, forces Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) to travel overseas and find allies in the form of Kingsman's American counterpart, Statesman, whose cover is a Kentucky bourbon distillery headed by characters with names like Champagne (Jeff Bridges), Tequila (Channing Tatum), Whiskey (Pedro Pascal), and Merlin's opposite number Ginger (Halle Berry). That's A LOT of star power and, unfortunately, only two or three of them get their full due. I'd certainly be happy with more Kingsman movies, because Egerton is a winning leading man and Vaughn's action direction remains fantastic, but this movie feels like a victim of its unanticipated success. Of course, that means the two spy groups who must save the world from this misguided evil nutcase.

Sometimes movies will have extremely long cuts early in production, but usually this is just because the director is assembling absolutely all of the usable footage in order and hasn't yet trimmed things down. Yes, Colin Firth's character, who died in the first movie, is back for this one and his story is a huge component of the film.

That last name mentioned bears a bit more explanation as well.

Director Matthew Vaughn delivers pretty much everything one would want out of a Kingsman sequel, not to mention a quality summer flick. But Firth's return is also a ideal example of Kingsman's simultaneous strengths and faults.

Are you excited to see Harry Hart Return? Very rarely does a scene only work in one dimension and that's a testament to just how good the script by Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn is. Hidden Remote attended an advanced screening for the film and we can confirm *spoiler alert* that there definitely should be another movie to close things up. However, Firth recently revealed to Screen Rant that discussions about bringing him back for Kingsman: The Golden Circle were already underway before the first film was released.

"Anything involving Elton John because it never stopped making me laugh on the page" she said. Sure, the past summer had its fair share of must-see movies that packed theaters (Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2).

How do you make a sequel without repeating yourself?

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