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.
New movies this week: 'American Assassin,' 'Mother!' and 'Beach Rats' in theaters, Sept 15
Last weekend, it was "It" that dominated and shocked at the box office, pulling in a record 123 million, the highest-grossing R-rated September opening ever. "It" looks to hold on to the top box office spot this weekend two, despite several good movies seeing release...one of which may be the most divisive and talked-about movie of the year.
Here are reviews for the movies opening in theaters on Friday, September 15, 2017:
New movies this week: 'It,' 'Home Again,' 'Viceroy's House' and 'The Oath' in theaters Sept 8
2017 has turned out to be one of the worst years in history at the box office, and the last two weekends in particular have ranked among the worst in 16 years. A Stephen King classic and a romantic comedy hope to turn things around and get the box office back on track.
Here are reviews of all of the films opening up this Friday, September 8th, 2017:
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