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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.

Check out the trailer of Kingsman The Golden Circle here:

 

Trolls Movie Review (2016) | A Movie for Kids | Cuddly Mushy and Dumb

Trolls movie is more like a fairy tale product of someone who believes the world is all candies and sugar. It tries to force that very idea with three things namely hugs, singing and dancing.

Trolls movie gives you an impression as if a little girl has helmed its story. It doesn’t have any gravitas to it, lacks even an ounce of good humour and makes you shake your head at its dumbness on so many occasions. That being said, don’t forget Trolls is still good enough to show to your children. They are gonna love it. Primarily because it is for them.

CGI of Trolls Movie

When you look at the animation corner, Trolls just rolls. It has been beautifully animated. Gives plenty of focus to the world around, shows you a brilliant environment that gels up with the main characters. Precarious animals are created out of nothing, and yet they don’t look creepy. There are colors everywhere; sometimes they become too bright for your taste. Everything is kept cheerful and lively.

The movie tries to bank on something unusual in order to hold things apart from clichés. The first one being that it tries to give Trolls an image make-over. So they aren’t the bad guys really this time. They are in fact, super cute and cuddly. To make up for that we have contrasting creatures that are much more hideous called the Bergens.

Plot of Trolls (Spoilers)

Bergens aren’t exactly adversaries either. It is just by a mendacious concept that their eyes are clouded with, that they are trying to live by. A feigned concept of misplaced judgment that eating a Troll would make them happy. So the logic would be if you are sad, eating a happy person would make you happy. Something this video aptly depicts:

Now in order to justify that we have an antagonist Chef voiced by Christine Baranski in the movie, who is banished from the Bergen kingdom since trolls escape under her watch. In order to take revenge and earn her rightful place back, she is on the hunt for trolls.

Poppy voiced by Anna Kendrick is the main optimistic character in the Trolls movie. She isn’t watchful of her acts and just wishes to have a good time, irrespective of how loud their celebrations go. The surly Branch, voiced by Justin Timberlake, on the other hand is more of an opposite pole to Poppy’s character. He is always on the lookout for Bergens, plans beforehand, and is despondent and sarcastic most of the times.

still of branch and poppy in trolls movie

Owing to their loud party habits, Chef discovers the secret hideout of the Trolls taking a couple of Trolls captive. Poppy then sets out on a singing, dancing and beaming sojourn to get her friends back accompanied by a fed-up Branch. Their quest to retrieve fellow Trolls back is what forms the crux of the movie.

The inclusion of King Gristle and Bridget‘s sub-plot keeps things light and interesting. There is a Cloud Guy who is voiced by Walt Dohrn who is pretty funny, but alas its role is like a cameo.

Songs by Artists

When you place great singers together, you can’t stop music from flowing sporadically. The flick features plenty of songs that come from the likes of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, Zooey Deschanel, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar and Ariana Grande.

It features a lot of new songs, and some of them have been performed giving their notes a brilliant twist. Almost all of them get embellished by the beauty of the film’s CGI. They look better than most music videos too.

You can get the Original Soundtrack of Trolls from here:

The Final Call

Yes, if you are a sane adult you might not like this movie. But this movie wasn’t made keeping that in mind. For kids, it would be a blast. Girls are going to just love it, since Poppy’s character has been built as a relatable center of attraction. It might rhyme with their wannabe lives.

You can definitely watch this movie with your junior.

You can check out the trailer of Trolls here: