Tom Santilli is a professional film critic, TV personality, host and
the Executive Producer of Movie Show Plus.
He also is the film critic for WXYZ Channel 7 Action News in Detroit,
and appeared weekly on FOX-2 in Detroit from 2016-2020.
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What a massive, royal disappointment. One of the absolute best movies of 2014 was "Kingsman: The Secret Service" (read the review here). And though all of the same ingredients seem to be in play for the sequel, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle", this new film is served up stale, leaving a very bitter aftertaste.
The fun is gone, replaced with a sense that the filmmaker - Matthew Vaughn, who directed the first film as well - was trying to adhere to the "bigger is better" mentality. It doesn't work. The zany, spirited and downright refreshing appeal of the first film has all but vanished, apparent from the very first scene of this sequel: A bloated, messy car-chase sequence that looks entirely shot in front of a green-screen. The film then abandons the James-Bond-esque spy-comedy approach and heads stateside, Americanizing a film that quite frankly worked much better overseas. What to do when you don't know what to do for a sequel? Let's put the characters in a new environment! It wouldn't be a surprise if "Kingsman 3" or "Kingsman 4" had our heroes traveling to New York, or into space! Why not? Ugh.
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