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)