Right in the start of the story the film kicks butt with a car chase and fight scene that is almost too hard to believe. Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is leaving the Kingsman store which was originally established in 1849, England, to head home to his girlfriend Princess Tilde (Hanna Alstrom) and his dog, JB the Pug. Suddenly out on the sidewalk he is met by an old acquaintance, Charlie (Edward Holcroft), this is when the gun comes out and the action begins.
Meanwhile out at Poppy Land the largest drug cartel in the world run by CEO Miss Poppy (Julianne Moore) in a remote forest in Cambodia she and her members of an underworld organization known as the Golden Circle she plans to take the world hostage. In Sweden, Eggsy is having dinner with Princess Tilde’s parents luckily not at his home since Miss Poppy now aware of the Kingman’s locations has launched the Doomsday Protocol killing almost everyone in the organization that was responsible for saving the world.
On a trip to Kentucky, USA, both Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong), two Kingsman survivors try to search for help by visiting a liquor distiller known as the Statesman. This is where they meet up with Tequila (Channing Tatum), Ginger (Halle Berry), Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) and Champaign (Jeff Bridges)and soon thereafter some trivial road blocks are encountered eventually leading to respected relationship and the discovery of a once thought departed Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Back in England the blue rash has started breaking out among certain people in society that had any involvement in drugs. This rash later moves into different stages, stage two, mania, stage three, paralysis then death, heck not even Elton John is safe, he happens to be held at Poppy Land as pure entertainment for Miss Poppy and her crew. As the epidemic spreads throughout the world only one person has the antidote. A wise man once said when you have something to lose it makes life worth living. So Eggsy, Merlin and Harry once again are out to save the world while trying to also save themselves from guns, explosions, robotic dogs, an epidemic and a possible double agent all leading to that country road and the fight to survive. Viva Las Vegan!
So my expectations based on the first Kingsman film were high and as usual when I walk in with high expectations there is usually disappointment and there was. The film is an exciting ride for the most part but the writers should have met half way with the action. I thought the story was way too long and the action in comparison not enough. When there is action there is excitement and thrills but when the film moves back into the storyline it is just to drawn out. I know I’m the first one to say it’s a movie, its pure entertainment and this film is but in so many action moments it really becomes a bit too far-fetched and over-the-top. The footage is exciting and the director works well with it but it could have been toned down a bit to make it at least a little more believable. Good music and some great suits overall the film tends to drag a bit too much for me. Thankfully for Elton John as Elton John he brought in a lot of levity into the scenes stealing every moment on the big screen he is in.
Egerton does a good job leading this film but with his child like looks I think it takes a little away from his strengths and that of his character slightly. Holcroft plays well as a villain but not so much as the main focus thankfully Moore is in the lead there but the writers hardly even have her in the film but when she is it helps. Strong was a good support as is Berry, Bridges and Tatum with Pascal having bigger moments but overall Egerton, Firth, John and Pascal are the favorites with Moore coming in behind slightly. The film is far from bad but like I said it is pure entertainment at about a half hour too long. Nice to see the dogs in the film whether real or robotic had some starring moments even if they did not all end favorably.