First Kingsman: The Golden Circle reviews are in! Find out what the critics are saying
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First Kingsman: The Golden Circle reviews are in! Find out what the critics are saying

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to 2015’s sleeper hit, Kingsman: The Secret Service, is getting mixed to positive response from critics, as the first wave of reviews hit the internet.

hollywood Updated: Sep 19, 2017 10:41 IST
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Hindustan Times
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This image shows Taron Egerton as Eggsy in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.(AP)

The first reviews of spy sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, are in - and as was the case with the first film, have left critics unsure as to what to make of it. The film sits at 74% (with a 5.9 average rating) on the review aggregator site, Rotten Tomatoes, with 23 reviews counted. The first film also settled with the same rating, but with over 200 reviews.

While some reviews compared it favourably to 2015’s sleeper hit, Kingsman: The Secret Service, others called it ‘excruciating’.

It’s too early for there to be a consensus, but having gone through what is being said about the film - a playful spoof of spy movie tropes - it would seem that director Matthew Vaughn has made use of a bigger cast and bigger budget by ramping up everything that fans liked about the first movie. But this is also the thorn in its side, as several critics called it overkill.

“Even approached with the watered-down expectations that one brings to a late-September Hollywood sequel, Matthew Vaughn’s bespoke secret-agent follow-up is massively disappointing,” wrote Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty.

This image shows, from left, Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, and Pedro Pascal in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. (AP)

“The garish violence is still there, as is the profanity. Gone, however, is much of the creativity, the unpredictable, see-what-sticks depravity,” the Village Voice’s Bilge Ebiri wrote in his review.

There are, however, more positive reactions to the film than negative. “Considerable shrewdness is applied to the conception and execution of nearly every scene to make this old spy stuff feel fresh, which it mostly does,” Todd McCarthy, writing in the Hollywood Reporter, noted.

IndieWire’s Kate Erbland’s enthusiasm was more muted. “It’s fun, but it’s blockbuster overkill after an already-crowded summer season,” she wrote.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle features returning stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. New additions to the cast include Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Pedro Pascal and Jeff Bridges.

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First Published: Sep 19, 2017 10:33 IST