Still got the golden touch

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

JAMES Burgess is a 27-year-old per­for­mance, drama and the­atre grad­u­ate. The former Fal­li­b­roome High School pupil has at­tended the BAFTA Film Awards in Lon­don ev­ery year since 2009, meet­ing stars such as Dame He­len Mir­ren, Chris­tian Bale, Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt and Emma Thomp­son. James lives on St Ives Close in Mac­cles­field. You can visit his web­site at jab­film­re­views. Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle Rat­ing: Show­ing at Cinemac un­til Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12 IN 2015, di­rec­tor Matthew Vaughn made the first Kings­man film. It was glo­ri­ously un­apolo­getic in the ir­rev­er­ence of its own sub­ver­sive­ness.

It knows, as Vaughn does, ex­actly which el­e­ments it’s send­ing up. So much so that there’s even a scene in the orig­i­nal be­tween Colin Firth’s dap­per gen­tle­men spy and Sa­muel L. Jack­man’s lisp­ing, base­ball-capped mega­lo­ma­niac, where they dis­cuss the many it­er­a­tions of the spy genre it­self.

‘Nowa­days they’re all a lit­tle se­ri­ous for my taste… give me a far-fetched the­atri­cal plot any day’.

Now, all the on-the­but­ton self-ref­er­en­tial­ity cou­pled with a know­ingly nos­tal­gic whip-smart screen­play gets a se­quel.

The sec­ond chap­ter in a pro­posed tril­ogy, is even more over-the-top, flashy, brash and gra­tu­itous than the first one.

The only el­e­ment that’s given a comic-book tone-down this time, is the speed-ramped vi­o­lence – there’s no equiv­a­lent of the in­fa­mous church mas­sacre from the orig­i­nal.

We’re back in spy ex­trav­a­gance from the open­ing scene – a spec­tac­u­larly-staged se­quence in a Lon­don taxi.

Eg­gsy, our charis­matic young spy, must tackle ev­ery­thing from deadly bionic arms to Amer­i­can ri­vals and lethal ca­ble­cars, all with sharp or­ange tuxe­dos, acer­bic one­lin­ers and its tongue firmly inside its cheek.

Taron Eger­ton, as Eg­gsy, is so con­fi­dent and funny de­liv­er­ing all of the above that he re­ally could be a Bond of the fu­ture, ef­fort­lessly hav­ing much more per­son­al­ity than Daniel Craig.

These movies wouldn’t be nearly as en­ter­tain­ing with­out him at the cen­tre.

Starry new re­cruits are given noth­ing to do: Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges are both frus­trat­ingly stuck be­hind desks.

While this film def­i­nitely works sig­nif­i­cantly less well than the orig­i­nal in terms of sheer sur­prise, shock or in­ven­tion – it has an even bet­ter vil­lain – an­other ter­rific per­for­mance from Ju­lianne Moore as Poppy, the de­cep­tively sunny pro­pri­etor of a Fifties-style diner with a ruth­less­ness be­hind her ve­neers.

In her words: ‘Kings­man is crum­pets!’. Why ruin it with a gim­micky cameo from El­ton John and lewd­ness which makes it im­pos­si­ble to de­ter­mine who it’s aimed at?

Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle

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