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“Kingsman: the Golden Circle” starts with a wild car chase through the streets of London and the thrills continue throughout the entire film. For those of you who missed the original movie, “Kingsman: the Secret Service,” this is basically a campy spoof on all the James Bond movies with over the top gadgets, stunts and a star studded cast.

When the Kingsman headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, The Golden Circle, in order to save the world.

Taron Egerton reprises his role as Eggsy. Edward Holcraft is back as bad guy Charlie. Mark Strong is Merlin. Academy Award Winner Colin Firth is Harry Hart. Academy Award Winner Julianne Moore is the villainess Poppy. Hanna Alstrom is Eggsy’s love interest, Princess Tilde. Academy Award Winner Halle Berry is Ginger. Channing Tatum, Academy Award Winner Jeff Bridges, and Elton John all have small roles in the film.

The cast seems to have such a good time in this spy parody. I don’t know how you can perform in this movie and not have a great time. The beautiful Halle Berry is not the ingénue. She is a geeky looking computer operator which is a shocking role for her. Also, it is rare to see Julianne Moore as the villainess.

Director Matthew Vaughn who also directed this film also directed the original Kingsman film. He also wrote the screenplay for this film with Jane Goldman based on the comic book: “Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. It is a clever script with never a dull moment.

The stunts and special effects are astounding. I loved the music. They start with a Buddy Holly tune and weave John Denver and Elton John tunes throughout the film.

“Kingsman: the Golden Circle” is not a great film but it is a fun film worth the time, money and energy to see. Most of the people in the audience seemed to enjoy it, too. There are lots of things blown up and gratuitous violence. Unfortunately, the f-bomb is sprinkled liberally throughout the film but often the audience didn’t seem to notice because of the English accents were sometimes difficult to understand it was hard to tell what they actually said.

If you like this, fasten your seat belts because “Kingsman 3” has already been announced with the same writers and director.

“Kingsman: the Golden Circle” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, AMC Eastgate Showplace 6, and Granite City Cinema.

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