Kings­man se­quel short of the mark

Dalby Herald - - LIFE | WEEKENDER -

IN 2014, Kings­man: The Se­cret Ser­vice struck a rich vein of guilty-plea­sure gold.

Al­most $600 mil­lion of tick­ets were sold world­wide on the back of giv­ing au­di­ences, some­thing they had never seen be­fore.

The nov­elty value of watch­ing the pre­vi­ously posh Colin Firth drop his prim and proper act to crazily bash up (and carve up and shoot up) bad dudes just never seemed to wear off.

Un­for­tu­nately, that ad­dic­tively in­con­gru­ous vibe is nowhere to be felt in the se­quel Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle, re­duc­ing it swiftly to the ranks of ac­tion movie also-rans.

For rea­sons known only to di­rec­tor Matthew Vaughn, the movie is clearly car­ry­ing too much flab, con­tin­u­ally gorg­ing it­self on empty-calo­rie filler to the tune of 140 long min­utes of run­ning time.

In fact, it is not un­til just af­ter the one-hour mark has passed that Firth is prop­erly suited up again in the role of Harry: that suavely sav­age Sav­ile Row spy.

Why the de­lay, you ask? Put it down to a chronic case of am­ne­sia, which Harry con­tracted when he

was shot in the head (and pre­sumed dead) at the end of the last movie.

While we wait for The Golden Cir­cle to put Harry back into the fray – this time on Amer­i­can soil – all well-dressed, badly-be­haved du­ties are han­dled by his rookie run­ning mate Eg­gsy (Taron Eger­ton).

Eger­ton is at a com­plete loss as to how to freshen things up.

And you can’t ex­actly feel sorry for him when he’s oc­cu­py­ing screen time that could have been bet­ter used by the three Os­car win­ners in the sup­port cast.

The pro­duc­tion does have its mo­ments when it comes to cre­atively chore­ograph­ing ex­tended in­stances of wide-screen.

YOUNG SPY: Taron Eger­ton in a scene from the movie Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle.

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