Clint Worthington reviews “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” for Consequence of Sound


The first Kingsman, released in 2015, was a refreshing bit of misanthropic action confectionery. Rather than putting style over substance, its style was the substance, director Matthew Vaughn pulling out every trick in the book to poke fun at the stuffy clichés of Bond-era spy films while leaning hard into its R rating to sometimes grotesque results. Now we’ve got Kingsman: The Golden Circle, a movie which doubles down harder on the campy violence than we ever could have asked – and even that doesn’t manage to quite save it. It’s a big, vulgar, Saturday morning cartoon of a film, to both its benefit and detriment.


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