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Kingsman: The Golden Circle (3/10)

by Tony Medley

Runtime 141 minutes


The first was a surprisingly good spoof of James Bond movies. This sequel, however, is simply ridiculous. Thereís no satire here, no clever, funny lines, in fact thereís nothing at all. Itís almost 2 Ĺ hours of nothingness, but lots of silly fights and exploding people. I guess that director Matthew Vaughn, who co-wrote with Jane Randall (at least he took a writing credit for himself; who knows  how much he actually wrote; come to think about it, though, why would anybody want writing credit on something like this?), think that things like Supervillainess Poppy (Julianne Moore) surprisingly killing one of her henchmen by putting him head first into a meat grinder and then forcing her newest henchman to eat a hamburger made out of his remains was, what, funny? Disgusting? Who knows? I would vote for the latter, which makes the scene in vogue with the rest of the film.

Itís based on a comic book and what Vaughn has done is make a worse comic book out of it. But it does take a certain amount of capacity (to be charitable)  to make a movie thatís 141 minutes long out of as little as is presented here.