Blairgowrie Advertiser - - THE TICKET - Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle (15) ●●●●●

With its bril­liantly bonkers set pieces, re­spect­ful tin­ker­ing with spy movie tropes and tongue planted firmly in its cheek, the first Kings­man film took crit­ics and au­di­ences by sur­prise three years ago to be­come a gen­uine break­out hit.

A se­quel, there­fore, was in­evitable and in an at­tempt to freshen things up, re­turn­ing di­rec­tor Matthew Vaughn trans­ports young hero spy Eg­gsy (Taron Eger­ton) State­side to work with his Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts to foil the plans of the vil­lain­ous Poppy (Ju­lianne Moore).

Also back on board is writer Jane Gold­man, again adapt­ing the story from Mark Mil­lar and Dave Gib­bons’ The Se­cret Ser­vice comic book, and while the plot is still pretty in­sane, it lacks the fresh­ness and orig­i­nal­ity of the first adventure.

Eger­ton does a ca­pa­ble job of step­ping up from ap­pren­tice spy to full-blown hero but it’s no sur­prise that the film­mak­ers have cho­sen to bring back Colin Firth’s Harry Hart, who seem­ingly per­ished in bat­tle last time around.

How Harry is res­ur­rected won’t be re­vealed here but de­spite the fact I was hop­ing for more in­ter­est­ing and dy­namic rea­son­ing be­hind his un­likely re­birth, Firth again out­shines his younger co-star in a charis­matic part he was born to play.

The cast is swelled quite dra­mat­i­cally from its

In a spot of bother Eger­ton and Mark Strong (Mer­lin)

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