‘Kingsman’ sequel full of unexpected thrills and chills

By Maximillian C. Burgos
Sports Editor

The film’s A-listers give great performances. (Flickr)

Hollywood often uses cheap gimmicks to make the second or third installment of a film series. Many times, film studios try to bank on the success of the first film in a franchise by rehashing plot points to try to copy what the first movie did.

But “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” is not a rehash. It is a continuation of an already lovable and amazing story that surprised the world in 2014.

With a fresh cast of characters and the revival of some favorites, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” took everything that was good about the first film, “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and made it so much better.

The film is a non-stop thrill ride. It will have you crying one minute, in awe the next and then applauding during every awesome action sequence.

Many of the fight scenes in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” are marvels of amazing camera work. The fight sequences are amazingly choreographed. Each strike is full of power and grace. Each flip, parry and dodge is perfectly captured in slow-motion or in live action.

The camera doesn’t miss a beat, following the action in perfect synchrony.

The movie makes being a Kingsman look like the coolest thing possible. The film does a very good job at connecting you with the main characters and their struggles.

The film has the typical good versus evil plot, but there are some fresh twists to it. The cast does a great job delivering lines and not letting the movie get boring at any point.

Some of the lines are delivered so expertly, you’ll definitely crack a smile and give the on-screen actor a slight nod of approval of their sheer awesomeness.

When there is a lull in the action, the witty humor and interesting plot development will keep the viewer completely entertained. There are some surprise actor appearances that will make the viewer smile and say, “Really? This guy? That’s awesome.”

The film does a good job of making what could have been another superhero-like movie and made it something special and endearing. The main character is not a trainee anymore and it makes the movie that much better because there is no build up to the action.

From the start, the film punches the viewer with as much action as they can take before destroying everything the viewer thought they knew.

In this film, a lot of characters die. Some character deaths are sadder than others. Some of them are actually hilarious if you have a dark sense of humor, but all of them tie seamlessly into the narrative of the film. No one’s death seems needless or too taxing on the viewer. But as a fair warning, no animals were actually harmed in the making of this film — not even robotic ones.

The film is honestly one of the better ones to grace the screen in a while. Hours after the film you’ll be thinking to yourself, “Did I really just see all of that on the screen? That camera work was legendary.”

The answer is yes, you did watch all of that on the screen and yes, that camera work was legendary.

The film is well worth the price of admission and some popcorn. As a matter of fact, it’s worth a second ticket as well, so that you can rewatch the whole thing a second time to take in the whole movie a second time.

You may also want to watch the first movie. It fills in a lot of plot in the second one and is worth the watch anyway. “The Kingsman: The Golden Circle” gets two thumbs up, or one and a robotic thumb up.