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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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The Brothers Grimsby Review (2016) | Passable Comedy One Time Watch

The Brothers Grimsby has laughable moments, no doubt, that you might end up discussing for being either too inappropriate or for the brazen fun of it, but that’s about it. The movie carries a banal plot to support its comedy on, and things kind of fall as it fails to retain anything tangible to put its feet on. It’s like they say:

“Leave your brains home and go watch this and you might actually enjoy it.”

HUMOUR OF THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY

Sacha Baron Cohen never fails to tickle you by bringing in forefront his natural knack for humour. To throw you into pits of laughter he also carries disgusting items in his baggage as elements of last resort. We are already aware of that. The Brothers Grimsby stays no stranger to his clumsy acts; herein he creates Nobby  yet another Sacha’s infamous character who will test your mirth-patience and have a go at your ribs. Creating a rib-tickling persona that is outright hard to predict.

He uses stark bawdy stuff, which he is known for, one by one to pack in hilarity that will throw you at times into stomach-churning laughter, and yet what’s seen can’t be unseen. Ye been warned!

But you were already in for it when you had decided to watch a Sacha Baron Cohen comedy movie. So, it shouldn’t surprise you at all if you were to see something off-putting cheesy dangling in front of you. Bottom-line: “You get what you ask for.”

That Elephant scene is hands down, one of the funniest bits from the movie. Beware! It might affect you on a psychological level. 😛

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PLOT OF GRIMSBY

The Brothers Grimsby tries to cash in on its unusual story that tries to reveal its crux towards the end, but by the time we reach there, nobody cares about the story anymore. It becomes a hotch-potch of passable frames. At one point, the movie tries to amble on that famous first person fighting perspective made famous by Hardcore Henry,  which works for it a while as far as action sequences were concerned. But given the theme of the movie, it ends up becoming quite unnecessary.

It is good that The Brothers Grimsby not for a second leaves its brotherly love theme that it was based upon. It hasn’t been milked enough and yes there’s a constant disconnect that doesn’t hold the story tighter, but you can still manage to concentrate at the humorous bits that tacked along.

POOR EDITING AND DIRECTION

Both the editing and direction of the movie are equally shoddy. Frames tear up at weird junctures. You can’t take anything seriously not even the somberness that Louis Leterrier tries to put occasionally. It is like even at the end of it, you really don’t care if things steered or not towards a happy ending. Because everything is surreal, obnoxious and scattered in bits.

On the brighter side, The Brothers Grimsby is only good if you want something really light to gorge upon and wish to concentrate on your popcorn more. That’s it. Laugh it off!

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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! 😉

The Imitation Game Review (2014) | Benedict Cumberbatch is ‘The’ Prodigy

The Imitation Game is a beautiful glimpse into the head of the prodigy Alan Turing. Who plays that? None other than the handsome and captivating Benedict Cumberbatch himself.

 “Are you paying attention? Good. If you are not listening carefully, you will miss things. Important things. I will not pause, I will not repeat myself, and you will not interrupt me. You think that because you’re sitting where you are, and I am sitting where I am, that you are in control of what is about to happen. You’re mistaken. I am in control, because I know things that you do not know.”

The flick takes birth with the aforementioned enthralling screenplay that smells of confidence dripping off Benedict Cumberbatch’s brainiac-avatar. We like to listen to him that way. His bold voice that reeks of the Smaug fury. That voice of Khan that reminds us of his sharp demeanor that he so beautifully donned and carried throughout the movie Star Trek Into Darkness. He literally thrives on screenplay. Don’t you just wish sometimes screenwriters had more badass words to feed him?

Plot of The Imitation Game (Spoilers)

Enigma is impossible to crack. So the world told him. Alan Turing, the prodigy who defied a relentless encrypting machine, was the person responsible for reducing the devastating span of war that engulfed Europe by two years. The Father of Artificial Intelligence played God to minimize casualties and nobody had a clue. The biopic is a tribute to Turing which eases through 114 minutes of brilliance manifesting his love life, his genius, his eureka and his sorry demise.

Cumberbatch as the polymath works extremely hard to project a guy who is different from the rest. He imparts him an apt stammer with a clumsier gravity. Alexandre Desplat weaves magic in the background with his brilliant notes.

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I loved how Keira Knightley‘s character Joan Clarke tries to reason with Turing when he tries to break up with her.

“We will have each other’s minds. Sounds like a better marriage than most.

still of benedict cumberbatch and keira knightley in the imitation game

Downsides to The Imitation Game

Morten Tyldum’s direction is good but there are times when you feel it could have gone better. Since, directors believe viewers to be laymen, most of them don’t venture into the technical aspect of a prodigy. A little bit fathomable technical is a welcome inclusion and if a director makes you understand the what and the how of the work entailed, big things like cracking a code should give you an equal and exact amount of thrill as its protagonist projects. Precisely what the flick missed.

Turing is a war hero often unsung and overlooked. What he gave the world is truly precious. Somehow something tells me, this guy’s life deserves a series to portray minute crucial details. Now that is something that couldn’t be possibly condensed into a movie. The grandeur of what he was doing and what he did is beyond time. A flick like this doesn’t do justice to his remarkable life.

The Final Verdict

The Imitation Game rivets you with Alan’s ingenious almost instantly. Desplat’s notes make sure that you don’t get a jaded moment at all. Whilst Cumberbatch ensures you witness a prodigy. Matthew Goode, Keira Knightley, Charles Dance and Mark Strong fill the screen aptly with their effective and memorable presence. Overall the movie turns out brilliant.

A great biopic to watch! Highly recommended.

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