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Kingsman Sequel Comes Full Circle

There is a lot to say for film sequels; they provide closure to unanswered questions, they allow beloved characters to live on in the hearts of fans, and can often provide film makers with the excuse to not have to think of another original story-line.

With this being said, a common perception surrounding sequels is that they won’t live up to their predecessor, falling flat and lacking that inventiveness and excitement that made the first film so compelling.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), in my opinion however, is one of the few movies that do live up to the original film, Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014).

The premise of the first film follows Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a rough around the edges kid from the streets before he is recruited by Harry Hart (Colin Firth) and the Kingsman, a refined and elite spy organisation.

In comparison to the first film, which focused on transforming Eggsy into a sophisticated old school spy, the second film shows us an Eggsy in the field saving the world with bond era inspired spy gadgets and a modern-day twist.

The story line focuses on the Kingsman secret service and an allied spy organisation, the Statesman, who team up to take them down a criminal organisation, The Golden Circle.

From start to finish of the film I was on the edge of my seat. The cinematography really encapsulates you into the scenes, making you feel as though you are there, right alongside the characters, who are engaging, leading to you genuinely caring about what happens to them throughout the film.

The soundtrack, which heavily consists of Elton John classics, really enhances the feeling of watching an old school classic spy film with over the top weapons and gadgets combined with suave and sophisticated characters.

The reason for this sequels success is because the storyline is so different to the original movie. The Kingsman: The Golden Circle could be a standalone film, as they flashback to all important moments from the first film to give context to the scenes in the sequel.

The stereotypical sequel does tend to let us down as viewers, never quite living up to the hype of the film before them; but in the case of the Kingsman: The Golden Circle, I truly believe that it did live up to its forerunner and I am excited to see where this franchise goes.

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