Matthew Vaughn is back with The Kingsmen: The Golden Circle. This movie, from the beginning, had me wanting it to be as good as the first. Maybe I had this mentality from watching all the John Wick movies or maybe not, but this movie straight-up fell flat for me. This movie was bland, boring, and of everything, cliche with it's story.
Let's start with the characters. The premise of the movie itself is that all the Kingsman get massacred by an organization called the Golden Circle. The crazy cartel leader "Poppy" kills most the Kingsman and of course, they had to exact revenge on her dastardly deeds.
One thing the movie didn't forget was how to have a sense of humor. The franchise was known for its Deadpool-esque sense of sarcasm. No matter how serious a scene could be, Vaughn and the writers just know now to write in a joke or two. I will say that was really the only plus side to this movie.
Another major thing that set this apart from other action movies, including the first Kingsman, was the CGI. Let me tell you something, the CGI was bad. Now I haven't found CGI appealing in quite a while, but I've witnessed that perfect blend like the last two Star Wars movies or any David Finch movie, where they actually know how and when to use the tool. Matthew Vaughn doesn't know how to use CGI at all. The movie itself was just one big computer animation of blood and explosions.
Finally I would like to talk about the story; it was just one big ball of cliche. All the points were mentioned: The guy get's the girl, the bad guy is taken down, everyone is saved, buildings blow up, Michael Bay, etc, etc. Matthew Vaughn seemed to just give up with he story and all the character arcs. He even brought back older characters with, what seemed to me, the lamest ways possible; they came back form the dead. It was just annoying to me to watch all this and think to myself, "this guy seriously took three steps back when writing this movie with everyone."
Overall The Kingsman: The Golden Circle was all one big sham. The story was recycled and saturized. The characters were just plain vanilly action heroes. The CGI was all a big turn off, but the jokes were all spot on funny.