‘Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle’ un­locks the best of the spy genre

The Southern Berks News - - ENTERTAINMENT - By David Daniels Colum­nist

Spy movies are for­ever linked (fairly or not) to the num­ber 007,and a highly styl­ized mon­tage of chic girls dancing to the theme song while the open­ing cred­its un­furl. A so­phis­ti­cated gen­tle­man who speaks with a Bri­tish ac­cent and is equally adept at ty­ing a Wind­sor knot and sav­ing the world from evil pow­er­hun­gry mega­lo­ma­ni­acs... has been the fa­mil­iar formula for decades with dif­fer­ent ac­tors in­ter­pret­ing the ti­tle role. This stan­dard shaken not stirred recipe has in­spired both im­i­ta­tors and in­no­va­tors alike

from “Austin Pow­ers” to “The Bourne Iden­tity”. “Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle” tips its cre­ative hat to Bond, but makes no apolo­gies about its de­lib­er­ate at­tempt to in­ject new life into the spy flick; bring­ing the genre to a new gen­er­a­tion of fans. The se­cret agents in this movie may have their roots in Ian Flem­ing’s cre­ation, but they choose to revel in their own per­sonas, and along the way they put their own in­deli­ble stamp on a new kind of spy fran­chise.

A fol­low-up to “The Kings­man” (2014), an elite spy or­ga­ni­za­tion based in Lon­don, (in case you haven’t seen the first in­stall­ment) face an al­most in­sur­mount­able chal­lenge this time around. When their head­quar­ters are oblit­er­ated and their col­leagues are killed; the only two sur­viv­ing mem­bers “Eg­gsy” (Taron Eger­ton) and “Mer­lin” (Mark Strong) team up to try to find a way to keep the spy or­ga­ni­za­tion alive.

What do the last two Kings­men who are armed with only the finest clothes that Lon­don’s Sav­ile Row has to of­fer do? They fol­low their train­ing of course, and ex­e­cute upon the ul­ti­mate con­tin­gency plan that re­quires them to travel to “The States­man” bour­bon dis­tillery in Ken­tucky, which se­cretly dou­bles as an Amer­i­can spy coun­ter­part to the Kings­man or­ga­ni­za­tion across the pond. Eg­gsy and Mer­lin part­ner up with their States­man co­horts (Jeff Bridges, Chan­ning Ta­tum, and Halle Berry) to foil a plot by Poppy (Ju­lianne Moore) the world’s big­gest sup­plier of il­le­gal drugs. Poppy has poi­soned her sup­ply and yes you guessed it... only she has the an­ti­dote. It’s up to Eg­gsy, Mer­lin, and “Harry” (Colin Firth) to save the world. Harry died at the end of the first film, but he has been res­ur­rected through the power of movie magic and skill­ful screen­writ­ing, to join the al­most im­pos­si­ble mis­sion of trav­el­ling to Poppy’s re­mote South Cen­tral Amer­i­can jun­gle hide­out in search of the an­ti­dote. To fur­ther com­pli­cate mat­ters Poppy has man­aged to kid­nap Sir El­ton John and is hold­ing him hostage.

Ro­botic dogs, a karate kick­ing plat­form boots wear­ing Sir El­ton John in a campy cameo, not so sub­tle so­cial com­men­tary on the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate, and the war on drugs with a sound­track that features the soul sooth­ing mu­sic of John Den­ver are blended to­gether ef­fort­lessly with glo­ri­ous re­sults. For those who are devo­tees of the clas­sic spy genre, there is the oblig­a­tory sense of hu­mor that punc­tu­ates ev­ery ac­tion scene, a chase se­quence featuring a run­away gondola lift, ex­plod­ing bot­tles of af­ter­shave, and tech­no­log­i­cal gad­get won­ders that can save any­one be­ing pur­sued by the min­ions of blood-thirsty re­venge mo­ti­vated vil­lains, who are ob­sessed with tak­ing over the world.

Worth the cost of the babysit­ter A+

“Kings­man: The Golden Cir­cle” 20th Cen­tury Fox (2017) is rated R and runs 2 hours and 21 min­utes.

In­ter­ested in this movie and where and when you can see it ?

Go to: www.am­cthe­atres.com, www.atom­tick­ets.com,www.fan­dango.com, and/or www.movi­et­ick­ets.com.

Worth the cost of the babysit­ter! (A+)

Great way to break the ice with your date. (B)

Wait un­til it comes to TV (C)

Wake me when it’s over. (D)

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