This week, we see the release of a sequel to the spy-action comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service which was released in 2014. As most of you would know it is a franchise based on the comic book series Kingsman, created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar.
The film features a plethora of star cast including Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Edward Holcroft, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Julianne Moore and Elton John.
It is not necessary that you need to watch the first part to understand this. In fact, if you watch this, you could vaguely understand how the first part would be. So you would absolutely have no trouble in connecting with the script even without watching its predecessor.
The first part was largely about character establishments, this one is more bond style and has plenty of action scenes to spice up the occasion. Kingsman headquarters and the world gets into serious trouble because of this drug cartel headed by Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore). How the kingsman team along with an allied spy organization together save the world from this crisis is all the film is about.
So, it's a very straightforward story, but the treatment makes a world of difference. The editing, in particular, is very impressive and if not for Eddie Hamilton’s classy edits, this film would have been only half effective as it is now. However, the runtime could have been a little short. Few unwanted scenes could have been easily chopped off.
Hardly a scene goes by without visually engaging the audience. Thanks to the cinematographer but the CGI part at places looked weak and less effective. All that said, the film is filled with action sequences. Particularly the introduction fight and stunt that takes place in snowy Italian ground were breathtaking to see.
Julianne Moore as Poppy is the crazy ill minded villain; she brings in the occasional jokes to the play. Her character sketch is thoroughly exciting, and she has pulled it off with such ease and elan. Not just her, but the other main leads are apt, and the result is undeniably stunning.
But some of the scenes look superficial while some seem predictable. Few dramas here and there looked unnecessary which hampered the space. Other than these minor flaws, Kingsman 2 is a neat fun spy action entertainer.