The first Kingsman movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service came out in 2015 and has earned a little over 400 million dollars since. It’s pretty successful; people really seem to enjoy the playfulness of it, and especially the way it pokes fun at the super seriousness that has sorta derailed the Bond franchise in recent years.
The first time I watched it, I didn’t enjoy it at all, I thought it was just wham bam action and dumb fun. (Which isn’t always a bad thing). After repeated viewings, I’ve come to appreciate the humor, visual beauty, stylized action, and how clever a film it really is. Now, I’m a huge fan of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and have eagerly awaited the release of the teaser for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which finally dropped today. Check it out below.
Wow. There’s a lot going on. The mansion’s destroyed. They’re still rocking those glasses that make everyone (besides Mark Strong) look worse. Channing Tatum as a Statesmen (cowboy secret agent for the United States). Julianne Moore is a villain. Colin Firth has an eye patch. Jeff Bridges is there. A villain with a robotic arm. Exotic locations, stylized action, and explosions.
So, it looks like we’re in for more of the same with Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which should be awesome, but honestly I’m a little underwhelmed with the trailer. It looks like maybe too much of the same? Plus, I have a bunch of questions now too. Why are the Statesmen cowboys in 2017? Why didn’t the Statesmen help in the first movie? Will Jeff Bridges be phoning in his performance? Did the studio let Matthew Vaughn cook, or did they interfere and make him adhere to their wishes?
I’m hopeful this movie will blow me away after all the first was an acquired taste for me, but after seeing the first trailer, I’m worried that Kingsman: The Golden Circle will be another failed sequel, that fails to understand what made the original so great.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle releases September 22, 2017, and I’ll be there to see it, trepidation and all.