By Jackie Raphael
While it is not as good as the original, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a lot of fun. It is no surprise that Colin Firth's charming character survived being shot in the first film and Taron Egerton returns as the loveable Eggsy. When the Kingsman headquarters is destroyed, the remaining members turn to the allied US spy organisation called the Statesman. The members are made up of Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal. Julianne Moore also joins the cast as the villain, Poppy, and does a wonderful job.
Unfortunately, Berry is underused and was given a one-dimensional character. Elton John also makes a cameo appearance, but they over did it, taking away from the humour. Tatum was not very believable in his role, he just made me want to laugh every time he was on screen. I think they tried to fit in too many new characters and did not give enough opportunity to develop them.
The film is rather long, but maintains the audience's engagement. There is a great use of music throughout and some good action scenes, however some of the effects were too fake. Director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn has set it up for a third film, which I'm sure fans will be excited about.