A “Save the World” Situation—A Review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of good in the world right now. I debated about whether or not to write this review, especially due to the film’s violent nature. But despite its gun-heavy and careless façade, Kingsman: The Golden Circle has surprising lessons about humanity, loyalty, and love. Not to mention, it’s just plain fun and DAMN does this world need a little fun. So forget reviews. Forget formality. Here are 5 reasons why you should go see Kingsman. Spoilers ahead!

1.) It’s as ridiculous as the first one. And that’s a good thing.

Let’s be honest, we don’t watch movies like this for the riveting, flawless plotlines. This is about having fun, and boy does Kingsman deliver. There’s just the right amount of explosions, punny humor, fabulously choreographed fight scenes, dirty humor, dry but magnificent British-ness, and of course spy spoofy-ness.

2.) Colin Firth is back!

You probably already gathered this from the trailer and promotional materials, but Colin Firth’s Galahad is still alive! But this time around, he isn’t the smooth agent he once was. His memory has been temporarily lost, and as a result, he finds himself not able to accomplish many of the things he once took for granted. It’s a surprisingly touching commentary on aging and one that Colin delivers beautifully. And also badass-ly.

3.) Did I mention the fight scenes?

They’re crazy. Crazy good. Insane choreography and special effects plus an interesting cinematic aesthetic make for some great scenes. And this time around, we don’t just have the Kingsmen. We have the Statesmen, with their own unique fighting style.

4.) America’s war on Americans who use recreational drugs

Though at first glance it feels like a cheap vehicle for the plot, the treatment of American citizens found using recreational drugs for either pleasure or alternative medicine is a thinly veiled remark on the government’s war on drugs. I’m always pleasantly surprised when a movie like this not only makes me laugh, but makes me think. What is okay for a government to do to its citizens? What is the real motivation for cracking down or opening up drug usage? Why aren’t drugs like marijuana regulated and sold legally just like tobacco and alcohol?

5.) Loyalty, sacrifice, and love. And more laughs.

Honestly, I felt like this movie had it all. I don’t want to give anything else away, but there were moments that made me cry from emotion, as well as moments that made me cry from laughter. It was a much-needed release (that’s what she said) from the general suckage of everything that’s going on.

Until next time, I’ll be here staring at Taron Egerton gifs.

-The Collected Mutineer