director Matthew Vaughn
viewed: 10/01/2017 at CineArts @ the Empire Theater, SF, CA
My kids both wanted to see this so I complied.
None of us was overly impressed. We had watched and kind of enjoyed the first Kingsman movie, though the political reading of the film I’d read at the Guardian made me feel a little dirty.
I started to try to get my head around a political reading of Kingsman: The Golden Circle and it’s ripe for criticism and analysis. Matthew Vaughn is a talented action director, one of the few fairly conservative mainstream big Hollywood directors still pumping out A-list stuff.
I have to say this Kingsman is kind of interesting in its un-PC brashness, but it’s also kind of a flop as a successful action flick. The action is so over-the-top that from the opening car chase, we’re seeing wildly impossible flights of physical impossibility at such breakneck pace that even if you don’t have the time to question it, it’s impossible to pretend this isn’t anything but highly manipulated CGi.
I could go on but it’s not really all that worth it. A couple other thoughts:
- Elton John was maybe the best part of the movie.
- Channing Tatum was a bit of a bait-and-switch as he spends most of his time not doing anything.
- I’ve got a feeling that this was more “cartoonish” than any of the comic books.