After the huge and somewhat surprise success of the first Kingsman movie it is no real shock to see Matthew Vaughn back in the director’s chair for this the second instalment in the franchise. Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Edward Holcroft and Sophie Cookson all reprise their roles from the first movie with Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges joining the cast as Kingsman’s American counterpart agency “Statesman”. It’s great to see Vaughn continues with his use of high energy highly explosive action scenes combined with the same crazy mix of overly exaggerated high technology gadgets that makes this movie very much a fun take on the James Bond movies.

Kingsman the Golden Circle picks up a year after the events of the last movie which saw The Kingsman agency saving the world from Richmond Valentine. This time round the agency headquarters are destroyed leaving only Eggsy and Merlin as the only surviving members. After they invoke there doomsday plan they are lead to their US sister agency known as Statesman. These two agencies must then combine in their struggle to save the world from a common enemy. Colin Firth also returns in his role as Harry Hart.

This movie certainly managed to attract a high quality cast particularly with the introduction of the new Statesman agency. Fans of the first movie with not be disappointed with same humour and gore scenes which proved popular in the past and continue in this movie. A runtime of 2 hours 20 minutes may feel a bit longer than necessary for some but that should not deter anyone from what is an entertaining high energy movie.

Rating 3/5

Bill Tubbritt