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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’

By Melissa Green Photo Editor

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Kingsman is a mixture of action and adventure with an underlying dark theme, but overall, is an enjoyable story to watch unfold. The humor brings a needed relief to the darkness that revolves around the story and is one of the best characteristics of the movie. “Image from cheatsheet.com”

Easily able to be called a one-off, ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is a whirlwind of action, witty banter and British humor. When the headquarters of the secret agency of the Kingsman is destroyed and a majority of the world is held hostage, remaining members of Kingsman seek new allies in their sister agency across the pond in a thrilling adventure that tests the strengths and wit of agents from both sides who come together against a ruthless enemy and save the day.

Agents Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) start the movie thrown directly into the whirlwind when their agency is destroyed by a mysterious enemy, later revealed to be a drug cartel by the name of Poppy Pharmaceuticals ran by Poppy (Julianne Moore).

In a desperate attempt to figure out who targeted the agency, the duo seek out their sister agency, the Statesmen, based in Kentucky, U.S.A.

Through action-packed scenes filled with a mix of spy technology and good old guns, the duo run into both new allies introduced in this movie and old friends from the first, in an attempt to unravel the mystery that is Poppy Pharmaceuticals.

This movie, although action-packed and enough to inspire anyone to want to be spy, is not for kids. Rated ‘R’ for a reason, this movie includes dropped F-bombs, intimate encounters and underlying dark themes that not only touch on sensitive topics such as the drug trade, but also introduce controversial topics of government cover-ups.

In light of a dynamic story, the cinematography is spot on with action scenes akin to Marvel’s ‘Deadpool,’ complete with slow motion, jumps, and eye-catching scenes. Music and appearance by Elton John bring the whole experience together, making the whole of the movie a rollercoaster of a ride.

All in all the movie is a must-see for any adrenaline junky with a need for action and explosions. Final rating a resounding 4 out of 5 stars.