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Kingsman The Golden Circle Review (2017) | A Huge Step Down

Kingsman The Golden Circle feels like a big step down if the prequel‘s whiff is still fresh in your mind. While thematically the plot kind of remains the same, and has that same old comic feel to it, Kingsman The Golden Circle stretches too much for a simple storyline. What makes matters worse is its sloth editing and the inclusion of dispensable bits that we all could have lived without. The movie compels you to shout “bullshit” at the screen on so many occasions that you end up feeling – “nothing feels right”.

If you are watching this movie for mere entertainment, it packs aplenty nevertheless. The action bit is outrageously dope. Humour goes great at times which makes the movie still very entertaining.

Bringing in Harry (Spoilers)

With Marv Films keen on taking this franchise out for a spin, it couldn’t have possibly lived without one of its lead characters. The precise reason why it decided to resurrect its dead. With Harry Hart (Colin Firth) back in action, the series wished to pick once again the crumbs that it had left with the first. But the way he has been brought in will try to once again reassure you that you have been watching a comic take shape all this time. What do you expect?

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Plot of Kingsman The Golden Circle

The plot of Kingsman The Golden Circle is good actually but made absurd and ludicrous with many hard to digest things. Starts off and ends with an eye-popping spectacle but stretches pointlessly for so long, you start questioning the editing of the flick.

To begin with, we have Taron Egerton reprising his role as Eggsy. One year has passed since the prequel, and Eggsy has taken in the identity of his mentor Galahad and is living in with his girlfriend Crown Princess Tilde of Sweden (Hanna Alstrom). We find an old colleague of his, Charlie Hesketh (Edward Holcroft) attacking him in insane theatrics as Eggsy narrowly escapes leaving Charlie’s mechanical arm in the car which ends up hacking into the Kingsman servers. Missiles completely obliterate the headquarters of Kingsman leaving only Eggsy and Merlin in its wake.

We discover there is a secret drug cartel named The Golden Circle headed by Poppy played by Julianne Moore responsible for the onslaught.

Statesman

As part of their emergency protocol, the desperate duo then end up tracking Statesman, another secret intelligence Agency based in America headed by Champagne (Jeff Bridges). It is here they find Harry Hart alive and kicking, the only problem being – he has lost his memory, ooh, ooh, and an eye!

When one of Statesman’s agents Tequila (Channing Tatum) develops a weird blue rash on his face, Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) replaces him as a field agent.

Manners maketh man. Let me translate that for you.

It is later revealed that the blue rash is the first symptom to a sure shot death, and was actually Poppy’s plan to lure the US government into stopping the War on Drugs and ensuring full immunity for her cartel to run smoothly in exchange for the antidote. While the President of US (Bruce Greenwood) seemed to openly agree to Poppy’s terms he secretly decides to win the War on Drugs by letting all the drug consumers die by Poppy’s innate methods.

Eggsy and Whiskey together go on a mission to track Charlie’s ex where Eggsy successfully plants a tracker. Eggsy triggers Harry’s memories and helps him remember everything from the past. In a conversation to save his ex, Charlie gives away the main location of antidotes. Eggsy, along with Whiskey and Harry, go on a mission to retrieve a sample of the antidote. However, things go out of hand and their only sample breaks with the interception of The Golden Circle men. It is there, Harry shoots Whiskey acting on his instincts, believing Whiskey to be a double agent. Eggsy still goes on to save Whiskey assuming Harry to be loco, and still recuperating.

Taking The Golden Circle Down

Eggsy discovers his own girlfriend to be suffering from the toxin. On discovering the President’s intention to let the “using populace” wipe out on their own, Kingsman takes matters into their own hands. Alongside Merlin and Harry, Eggsy reaches Poppy’s Land in hopes to retrieve the remote control to release antidote drones, and save the world.

Eggsy makes a sloppy start, accidentally stepping on a land mine. Merlin sacrifices himself for Eggsy taking out a considerable chunk of The Golden Circle henchmen before exploding with them. Although you feel it could have been avoided if only Merlin could sit tight for the rest of the movie.

Kingsman The Golden Circle Harry and Eggsy

Eggsy and Harry then go on to eliminate the remaining men eventually leaving Poppy with her briefcase and the drone codes. Eggsy gives her a taste of her own medicine killing her in the process, before retrieving the password. Whiskey shows up as Eggsy realizes Harry was right all along. A theatrical fight ensues as Eggsy and Harry somehow manage to shove him down the meat grinder. Antidote drones are released and the world is saved.

Eggsy marries Tilde, Ginger Ale (Halle Barry) replaces Whiskey as a field agent and Tequila moves to London to work for Kingsman.

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Humour and Plot Issues

Kingsman The Golden Circle tries to squeeze out humour by introducing Elton John. It is like a subplot that runs by being deliberately funny. Although it does manage to bring a smile to your face, running it for too long spoils the fun. Eventually, we see Elton breaking the fourth wall once again reminding us it was all a comic after all, and nothing should be taken seriously. The movie has plenty of such moments which fail to amuse you even though you could sense the director Matthew Vaughn planting them on purpose. For rest of the parts, the humour stays great, letting the movie stay delightful.

We’ve got brains, skills, skipping rope?

Amongst other issues, there is that apparent inability to part with your favorite characters. It is evident with its daft storyline that the writers/producers were keen on resuscitating the dead. Harry gets revived, but really at what cost?  They layer it with a new story making things look more garish than they already were. An unfathomable device to operate, really? If that were the case, every character in the franchise could be revived, and death would never be taken seriously.  If that weren’t enough they went an extra mile to redo that plot by playing it on Whiskey. The way his amnesic brain was activated ends up being worse than Harry’s. Totally dispensable!

The Final Verdict

Kingsman: The Golden Circle fails to be what it used to be owing to a haphazardly running plot. A ballsy move of letting the dead stay dead isn’t resorted to. Too many side plots running wild takes away all the seriousness from a good story away. Some of the characters are so dispensable you wonder why were they even there in the first place.

If you recall the good bits, they were all masoned in the fighting sequences of the flick. Pedro Pascal’s Whiskey was a badass fighter, and it’s great to see him in action twice. Both his seqs are dope!

The action and the lurid technology makes the movie fairly enjoyable, although you can’t say the same for its stretchy plot and editing.

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Bridget Jones’s Baby Review (2016) | Sharon Maguire Revives Jones

What a sweet movie! Bridget Jones’s Baby, a sequel that picks up crumbs that were left off in the year 2004, finds its original director Sharon Maguire back in the chair again. She literally revives what was lost in the Edge of Reason, and brings to the vanguard another “hard to beat” actor Patrick Dempsey who is hands down perfect for Jones.

PLOT OF BRIDGET JONES’S BABY (SPOILERS AHEAD)

A lot has happened over the years, so we are told in fleeting frames. We come to know things haven’t gone well for Bridget reprised by Renee Zellweger yet again (who else?), when there is no one to celebrate her birthday with.

image of renee zellweger as bridget jones in bridget jones's baby movie

She is in her fortys, 43 to be precise, and clueless and lonely. She has an awesome company by the way – Miranda played by Sarah Solemani who is an absolute delight. Her clumsiness will make you feel good for Jones, at least she is in right hands.

The plot unfurls with the funeral of Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant) where she runs into Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) once again. Leaving the awkwardness behind, she tries moving on to celebrate her single life by attending a music fest with Miranda. That’s where she meets Jack played by Patrick Dempsey for the first time. She ends up having sex with him, and then on returning with Mark, when the fire in them blazes alive out of the blue.

The real conundrum begins when Bridget Jones finds out she is pregnant, and then is unsure of whose baby it is. The fact that both try to win her over with their impressive acts frame the basis of the story-line of Bridget Jones’s Baby.

SHARON MAGUIRE RESUSCITATES BRIDGET JONES

Bridget Jones went back into safe hands when Sharon Maguire decided to helm it. Her direction is better than a lot of reckless directors out there. Editing just about right to make you bide by its actual rhythm. No sudden movements or chopping off frames at odd hours. It made Bridget Jones Baby a perfect hoot.

Movie capers on the smart wits of Helen Fielding, Dan Mazer and Emma Thompson, with the latter playing the role of Dr. Rawlings. The screenplay turns out to be fine, however mostly things stay pigeonholed under humour. There is probably once or twice when Bridget Jones Baby delivers thoughtful lines. Rest stays wrapped under blankets of comedy.

DOWNSIDES

Right from the moment when the movie begins you can see Renee Zellweger put on a mask. The script demands her to act that way, I understand, but unfortunately you are able to see through every bit.

Right from the moment when she picks up the phone, to discern who the caller is, to the time she waddles down to attend that funeral, there is a constant channel of deception that clouds her face and you know that’s not really her or her character either. At such moments you perceive she overacts beyond limit, as if the world is all cuddly and swishy.

still of Jack and Mark carrying Bridget Jones Baby movie by Sharon Maguire

Also, given the theme of the movie, Bridget Jones Baby forever stays in shallow waters of melodrama. It doesn’t get or let you be serious at any time. You don’t feel sorry for the characters since you know they are going to be around. It isn’t at all reflective of real life.

Apart from that Bridget Jones’s Baby works just fine. It remains smart, witty and fun almost all the time. Even with the butt jokes and all the clumsiness it stays well above the carpet of entertainment.

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THE FINAL VERDICT

Bridget Jones’s Baby has surprisingly good humour and has been written with the right wits, which help it dally towards the finish line. Patrick Dempsey is an outright charmer as Jack and a very tough competition for Darcy. You will realize that when you go watch Bridget Jones Baby yourself. Go go go!

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Kingsman: The Secret Service Review (2014)

Kingsman is exhilarating!

What does a spy movie need? Eye-popping gore, ridiculous concepts, shreds of humour and some ballsy action sequences. Add a suit to it, and you have got yourself some classic JB stuff. But it ain’t James Bond. Kinda more like Jack Bauer! 😉

Matthew Vaughn hardly disappoints. He is a man of KickAss taste (see what I did there?)  He literally survives on theatrics. Take any of Vaughn’s work and you know he has this unique way of film-making that sways around with the actors, occasionally jumps at them for emphasis, and stays till the animation hangs around. Also, if Vaughn gets serious behind the camera, you just know how his work becomes grim all of a sudden. First Class reference intended! Fortunately we see everything in this movie.

You have a concept, even though how clichéd it might sound, that breathes on Vaughn’s pizzazz, which is seriously taken up with Firth’s splendor and well supported by Taron Egerton’s audacity. To fill in the voids you have Mark Strong to the rescue, whose facial expressions are enough to tell shit’s getting serious. Samuel steps up to fill in the boots of villainy with a lisp. He isn’t dangerous exactly but yes he wears a brainiac-head with an idea so hideous that takes care of the world’s population per se.

There are some ridiculous and uncanny bits in the movie but they are all passable because of this explosive entertainment package that we are shot in the head with. Also, primarily because it is a comic adaptation so I would suggest just go with it. Sit back and enjoy the theatrics. Get on a joy ride that would take you to the rails of awesomeness with bursting heads, popping eyes, plucked hands, flying prosthetics, split bodies and a cute little pug. Whoa! Quite a descent!

The finest part of the flick: Watch out for that church massacre! Amen to that! 😉