New “Kingsman” Surpasses Expectations

By Anubhuti Kumar, Highlighter Editor

Opening in full force, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” kicked off with car chases and humor as the main character, Eggsy (Taron Egerton), jumps into a sewer to make it to his girlfriend’s dinner in time. Following in the footsteps of the original “Kingsman”, this installment is outrageous both in its action and comedy and accomplishes the rare feat of not only living up to the first film, but outshining the original.

NYU Program Board hosted a pre-screening of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”on Wednesday at the Union Square Regal. Students lined up for more than an hour to make it into the event and the excitement was palpable.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” follows the Kingsmen through a doomsday scenario that takes the Englishmen to Kentucky. Here they meet their American counterparts, the Statesmen: Agents Tequila, Whiskey, and Champagne. Even though Harry Hart (Colin Firth), also known as Agent Galahad, was killed in the last film, a twist of fate led to him being saved by the Statesmen. Hart is not left unscathed; he suffers memory loss that he slowly regains as the film progresses.

In an effort to one up the original, this sequel packed every minute with an all star cast.

From Halle Berry to Channing Tatum to Elton John and Pedro Pascal, the stars brought hilarity and perfection to their roles. Julianne Moore plays the super villain Poppy Adams, a sociopathic Harvard graduate who runs an underground drug corporation off of an island, exiled because of her illegal business. It is designed to reflect the 1950s America in which she grew up. Moore’s performance is spot on as Poppy. Generally sweet and lovable, Moore plays that up in a caricature of the perfect ‘50s housewife, syrupy sweet but with a ruthless killer instinct. She will stop at nothing and feels truly threatening. The real impressive fact is that she maintains this performance throughout the movie.

Elton John is the highlight of the film. Kidnapped by Poppy for her own entertainment, the legendary singer is delightful every minute he is on screen. Each appearance elicited smiles and anticipation in the audience as they waited for his next move. He sings his greatest hits, lands punches and casually saves Galahad’s life with his fabulous face. It is ridiculous and exceptionally entertaining.

The charm of the “Kingsman” movies lies in their over-the-top everything: comedy, action, evil, hijinks and the ravaging of best laid plans. The Kingsmen, and now the Statesmen as well, save the world and do it with incredible style and panache, flying through the air to land an impossible kick and using their high tech gadgets to barely escape with their lives. Oh, and don’t forget the amusing one liners that pull the whole thing together. This second chapter in the story of the Kingsmen takes all of these characteristics of the first and amplifies them to create a sequel that unexpectedly surpasses the already brilliant original.

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” opened in theaters on Friday, Sep. 22.
Email Anubhuti Kumar at akumar@nyunews.com.

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