Every Matthew Vaughn Movie Ranked From Worst To Best

Carla Harmon
September 22, 2017

(Hello, later "Terminator" movies.) "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" commits that offense, among many, many other injustices. The recruit sits at a diner counter, tentatively holding the burger in his hands while looking at a pair of legs sticking out of a nearby meat grinder.

Eggsy (Taron Egerton) returns as a young agent for the British intelligence firm, but now there's an American arm, too, with Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and Channing Tatum in what amounts to extended cameos.

Stylish but wayward, director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn's action sequel "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" (Fox) spoils its own fun by refusing all hint of restraint.

The Jon Snow like resurrection of Colin Firth's character has already been spoiled in the trailers, so his arrival in the film doesn't seem as grand as you'd expect it to be. For reasons best kept under wraps, Eggsy and his colleague Merlin (Mark Strong) end up working together on a major mission. They must subsequently journey across the pond to the US, where they team up with their American cohorts in Statesman to take down a common enemy. He teams up with such agents as Tequila (Channing Tatum), Whiskey (Pedro Pascal), and Ginger Ale (Halle Berry) to thwart Poppy's plans to drug the whole world. Pedro Pascal twirls a high-tech lasso while wearing leather chaps. After all the Kingsman are eliminated by an evil drug dealer named Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) are forced to head to Kentucky to get help from America's version of the Kingsman known as Satesman.

Julianne Moore as an global drug lord named Poppy. She'll happily send in drones with an antidote - but only if the American president (Bruce Greenwood) agrees to legalize drugs. But I appreciate that the film immediately announces its intent to top the original in terms of ridiculousness and unreal action. Apparently, yes. As troubling as such plot details are, the laughs just keep coming, although a lot of them are in predictably poor taste. Before you think "oh Elton John must just be in the background playing music" or has a small role, well think again.

Over the last couple of months, via various wannabe-cool film-makers, I've heard a whole bunch of Bowie, T Rex and plenty of faux-ironic American hair metal thundering out of my local multiplex's sound-systems over the top of fight scenes and vehicle chases from Atomic Blonde to Baby Driver and back again.

Please stop with the stylized, slow-mo, cheerfully violent vehicle chases and shootouts and hand-to-hand combat sequences.

63 - Rolling Stone: True Kingsman fans will appreciate that director Matthew Vaughn reacted to digs at "The Secret Service" for being gratuitously violent, sexually adolescent and politically reactionary by laying all of it on three times thicker.

The film contains persistent, sometimes shocking, bloody violence, a scene of cannibalism, a drug theme, cohabitation, frivolously portrayed casual sex, some sexual humor, a couple of uses of profanity as well as pervasive rough and much crude language. The constant barrage of information, action, and characters keep the film moving and entertaining. You expected realism? Surely not. Roxy is probably being used as a plot device to move the action forward and little else.

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