I love the original Kingsman. It has, in my opinion, one of the greatest action sequences in cinematic history and is to this day, one of the most fun films I’ve ever seen. This movie dropped the ball and it dropped it hard.
First off, the characters all around, weren’t handled well. Tarim Edgerton gives a great performance and is a spectacular lead while Harry’s Return has some great moments, and Mark Strong gives a hilarious, powerful performances. The rest of the cast is pretty bad.
The Kingsman is a mixed batch of over the top, silly American stereotypes with a few good moments thrown in. Jeff Bridges is just great and does help the overall Statesmen. They feel shoehorned in and the character just aren’t that compelling.
The villain was also horrible. After coming off the endlessly cool Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore is a fiasco of an antagonist. She has on character traits, has paper thin motivation, and is just a sack of flesh meant to move the movie forward. She was just horrible.
The plot was about the same. It had its moments of fun and spark but overall was soulless, way too silly, and just sours the Kingsman name. It’s overly stupid and doesn’t balance the brutally dark and comedically light elements of the story very well.
Overall, it handles the returning characters awfully, has a horrible villain, but it does have its moments of pure genius that unfortunately can’t save this film. 4.9/10