Kingsman: The Golden Circle: “First Time Satire, Second Time Farce”


Lauren Schotten, Senior Staff Writer

Some teens have listed the Kingsman movies as one of their top favorites.  Well, now they have a followup to the first film to enjoy.  Kingsman: The Golden Circle, released in September, is the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service. Both movies were directed by Matthew Vaughn, and written by Vaughn and Jane Goldman. The films are based on the comic book Kingsman: The Secret Service written by Mark Millar. The first movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service, is a spy movie parody that was released in 2015. The movie follows a teen named Eggsy (Taron Egerton) who is recruited into a spy agency’s intense and competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from an evil tech genius named Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson).

In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, “when the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the spy agency discovers an allied spy organization in the United States called Statesman.These two elite secret organizations join together to defeat a common enemy known as The Golden Circle.”

Something that viewers need to keep in mind if they are watching either of these movies is that they are meant to be over the top. Kingsman is a spy movie spoof. All of the fight scenes are complete hyperboles, but that’s what makes these movies so appealing–the exaggeration is humorous.  

In the opinion of this reporter, Kingsman: The Secret Service was better than Kingsman: The Golden Circle. These are the most apparent flaws to the new version: the film was filled with very overly exaggerated American stereotypes; the plot seems disjointed; and thirdly, it felt as if the writers were trying to fit in as much shock value as possible. The entire movie is unrealistic with its killer robot dogs and silly Elton John cameo.

Movie critic Christopher Orr who writes for The Atlantic, gave it one tomato, commenting:  “The movie is too long, too violent, too silly-too everything. Yet for those who enjoyed the original Kingsman, it is a more than adequate second act. To put it another way: First time satire, second time farce.”  And this reporter would agree.  But once again, the series is meant to be completely ridiculous. The viewer is not supposed to take the movie seriously, and that is part of its appeal. Just sit back, laugh, and enjoy the silliness.

Some believe that the Kingsman series is somewhat underrated, and there are fans willing to express this opinion.  Junior KyLeigh Finamore said it was an “Excellent movie. It was very well directed and they stuck to the plot very nicely.” Senior Mickaley Chufo, who has yet to see The Golden Circle, but saw The Secret Service, said “I love the first one and expect that the new one has more fighting and a villain who is more difficult to defeat.” All of Mickaley’s assumptions turn out to be true.

As long as you are looking for that particular kind of humor that this show provides, you will  enjoy watching Kingsman: The Golden Circle.