Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) by Adrienne Carl S. Calvo
> “Manners maketh man,” is a centuries-old proverb quoted in 2015 from Kingsman: The Secret Service. This phrase reflects on chivalry and the qualities expected of a gentleman, especially courtesy, honor, courage, and justice. In the guise of a tailoring shop with sassy and classy suits displayed, Kingsman housed a secret agency sworn to protect the people of United Kingdom—and in most times, the world—while keeping away from the limelight. Unlike any other drug-involving plots out there, this one is entertainingly unique. Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore), the proprietor of the world’s biggest drug cartel poisoned her drugs with an engineered virus in an attempt to force world leaders to give her what she wants. Along with taking the world as hostage, Adams annihilated all agents of the Kingsman leaving Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) as the only kingsmen alive. With their headquarters completely obliterated, the remaining kingsmen teamed up with their American counterpart, the Statesman, in order to avenge their comrades and also save the world. Matthew Vaughn’s direction did not stray away from the action-comedy vibe the series became known for. With the addition of Channing 90
Tatum (The Son of No One, White House Down, 21 Jump Street, etc.), Halle Berry (Catwoman, X-Men, Kidnap, etc.), and Julianne Moore (The Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Seventh Son, The Hunger Games, etc.) tilted the film more on the action department without compromising the fun plot. Credits to George Richmond’s skillful cinematography, the opening scene alone is already worth the 200-peso ticket. It was like a scene from one of the Fast and the Furious movies with a Marvel spin-off as the Winter Soldier himself battled our very own Eggsy Unwin. The adrenaline-inducing car chases plus the insane fight scenes would surely make you stay even though you thought you were in the wrong cinema, watching the wrong movie. Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn’s screenplay showcased bizarrely disguised spy-tech that surely became a hit. An all-terrain taxi-cab slash submarine, an exploding lighter, a bulletproof umbrella slash grenade-launcher, and a briefcase slash machine gun - genuinely inconspicuous. With a running time of only 141 minutes, the film packed a whole lot of action, comedy, and even romance into their second installment. Out of 5 stars, this movie is definitely a 5.