Preview: Kingsman: The Golden Circle


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Matthew Vaughn, director of the likes of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, has never made a secret of his long-harboured desire to make a James Bond movie. Fair enough, given he introduced the world to the talents of the current 007, Daniel Craig, in Layer Cake, a full two years before anyone actually cast him in the role.

Indeed, three years ago, presumably tired of dropping increasingly unsubtle hints, Vaughn clearly figured he should just go out and make his own. The result was Kingsman: The Secret Service, a manic, ultra-violent, deliciously meta espionage-actioner that sounded mental on paper but became one of the year’s biggest breakout hits – thanks in no small part to a majestically against-type Colin Firth, ditching the Mr Darcy breeches in favour of a machine gun and a murderous streak.

In it, his debonair but deadly spy, Harry, had to train up street urchin Eggsy (Taron Egerton) into a Bond-in-waiting good enough to join the ranks of the Kingsmen, a super-secret band of British spies serving Majesty’s government.

This second outing expands that underground mythology, specifically to the other side of the Atlantic. Step forward Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Narcos’ terrific Pedro Pascal as their American counterparts, The Statesmen, who our heroes must team up with to take down Julianne Moore’s evil villain with plans for global destruction.

Vaughn promises bucketloads more outlandish gore (Pascal’s weapon of choice is a laser lasso capable of cutting people in half), as well as some good old fashioned Brits vs Yanks one-upmanship and some serious carmageddon to boot. Expect great things.

The bottom line
James Bond’s anarchic younger brother is back.

By Mark Dinning
Time Out Doha,

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

  • Duration: 141
  • Released: Thu, 21 Sep
  • Language: English
  • Director: Matthew Vaughn
  • Stars: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong

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