Stars: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal, Jeff Bridges, Hanna Alström, Edward Holcroft, Poppy Delevingne, Bruce Greenwood, Emily Watson, Sophie Cookson, Michael Gambon, & Elton John.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Screenplay: Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman.
Can you strike gold twice?... No but you can still make a second outing worth while. Where the first is truly something else in spectacle and clever writing, The Golden Circle (2017) fumbles to try and live up to its predecessor. Adding the American spin seems like a good plan until it clashes in all the wrong ways with the classic British spy style with a rather mixed but refreshing debate on drug use—the debate is actually the most exciting thing about this sequel.
What holds The Golden Circle back is its many retreads from the original. The constant exposition a reference keeps the film being its own thing and making it a bit slow in the middle, especially with Firth's character. But what is does right is its action sequences; they are simply mighty fun with blue goo, bulletproof suitcases, rogue animatronic dogs and arms, the list is endless.
But really I am picking at this film and I shouldn't because it is just a good old time in a genre that is really becoming one of my favourites; over-the-top spy movies that reek with 1960's flair. It is pretty, soothing, and satisfying in its style that I guarantee I will be watching this on blu-ray at a later point.