Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Channing Tatum
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Story: Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons
Screenplay: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Producers: Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling
Production company: Marv Films
Music director: Henry Jackman, Matthew Margeson
Cinematographer: George Richmond
Editor: Eddie Hamilton
Release date: 22-09-2017
Censor certificate: A
Run time: 2hrs, 21mins
Genre: Action, Thriller
Taron Egerton, The Kingsman agent is attacked by an one-armed guy who failed in the training period. The bad guy escapes and hacks the whole system which destroys the entire Kingsman agency, and all the agents are dead except Egerton and Mark Strong who both luckily survived. After this, how they both handle things forms the remaining story of the movie.
Matthew Vaughn’s direction is stylish which matches to the franchise pattern. Screenplay is completely engaging with plenty of impressive elements in the flow. Dialogues are good with some funny swag ones for the masses. Adult humour along with apt sequences works big time, it provides large number of laughs throughout the film. Taron Egerton shines yet again as a young agent. Colin First returns as an single eyed man who is subtle yet solid. Julianne Moore looks lovely and has justified her villain role with some nice performance. Mark Strong supports well and touches us at the end with a big sacrifice. Pedro Pascal gets a vital role to play and has easily justified his grey shade character. Supporting lady artists gets some efficient characters which makes the sub plots powerful. Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson’s background music is amazing and elevates the scenes superbly, mainly the action portions. George Richmond’s cinematography is amazing and he has made every frame look visually stunning. Eddie Hamilton’s editing is solid which progresses the flow nicely. Art direction is exceptional and sets put are wonderful & grand. Costumes are just perfect for each and every actor involved. Stunts are mind-blowing, way the action portions are presented makes the viewers go crazy. Visual effects are so cool and utilized in a proper way. Modern weapons looks macho. Few small twists induced in the progression packs a punch. Some complicated concepts are shown in a very smart way, and the film offers few astonishing moments in such a way.
Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons script is not new & also a much seen one. The core plot is actually inspired from various old movies. Movie becomes easily predictable post half way through, it do test the senses. Halle Berry and Channing Tatum are not given proper space or importance. Julianne Moore’s characterization is quite weak, so the cat and mouse game is not so interesting. Few male supporting roles are not correctly utilized by giving just low values. Mark Strong’s ending looked force fit as that particular scene did not ask for emotional touch like they did. There are way too high logic loopholes throughout the film. Introduction fight/ chase scene is long and also the anti-dot snatch scene is extended too much further with an unwanted shoot-out portion. Also even after knowing what’s going to happen next, the 15-20mins long climax scene is dragging drama going on. Film could’ve been much more crisper, at least about 10-15mins shorter to be a solid one. Idea of the Golden Circle members carry a special mark in their body, it feels like an usage just to leave out an evidence, also resembles first part’s template heavily.
Falls short of its prequel, still an entertaining action thriller made on a grand scale.
Movie Rating – 2.75/ 5.