This was one of my most anticipated movie in the month of September, but as mentioned in my previous post, I was unable to see it on its premiere date. During our weekend staycation, we were lucky enough that the hotel we are staying in is located in the same block as a mall in Tangerang area (more on that in my wife's blog later). Hence it was very convenient for my wife and I to go and see the movie since we just need to walk inside the mall and go straight to the cinema location. I would be talking more on the movie now.
Brief Story Line
The film started not long after the events in Kingsman: The Secret Service where Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton - Sing, Eddie the Eagle etc) had become quite an agent in Kingsman organization. He was now having a serious relationship with princess Tilde (Hanna Alström) and still supported by the reliable knowledge-able and high tech friend Merlin (Mark Strong - Rocknrolla, The Imitation Game etc).
After some incidents involving a former Kingsman wannabe named Charlie (Edward Holcroft), Eggsy and Merlin had to seek help from Kingsman's "cousin" in US nicknamed as the Statesmen. They were led by Agent Champagne (Jeff Bridges - Hell or High Water, Iron Man etc) with his reliable agents Tequila (Channing Tatum - 21 Jump Street, Magic Mike etc), Whiskey (Pedro Pascal - The Great Wall, Game of Thrones TV series etc) and the support team Ginger (Halle Berry - Monster's Balls, Kidnap, X-Men series etc).
Apparently Charlie was working for a super villain Poppy (Julianne Moore - Magnolia, Hannibal and many others) who had her own agenda and was not afraid of killing people to achieve her goals. It would be up to the Kingsman and the Statesmen on how to stop her evil plan. Eggsy would also be getting the support from his mentor Harry Hart aka agent Galahad (Colin Firth - The King's Speech, Bridget Jones trilogy etc).
So how could Galahad resurfaced? What was the evil plan Poppy was plotting? And could the Kingsman and Statesmen worked well together to stop Poppy? Find them all in this highly entertaining movie.
End of Brief Story Line
Now this movie really stick to its original formula where the action sequence were absolutely uniquely entertaining. The fighting scenes were awesome and very stylishly done. Though it might be a bit like an animated movie at times, but I personally enjoyed the movie. Those of you who have not seen the original one back in 2014, might be surprised with the "craziness" of the action scenes that seemed to be defying gravity. Another part that stick to the formula was the super villain who also had a major target as part of the plan.
As a sequel of a successful movie, this one did try to make everything grander than its predecessor. The protagonists were doubled with the additional support from the Statesmen, the super villain was more evil (if you could imagine someone even worse than Valentine played by Samuel L. Jackson), even the duration of the movie was now extended to 141 minutes compared to 121 minutes of its original. However, it might become too long for some audience and I also think that some scenes could probably have been shortened a bit.
The movie was filled with awesome special effects and I totally enjoyed the opening fight scenes, those fighting scenes involving Whiskey (which was really awesome) and especially the climax fighting scenes. There were quite a number of funny scenes involving a surprise cast of Elton John as himself. The musical score during the action sequence and the songs in the fighting scenes were also very nice. They really added the element of intensity and it certainly made us feel strapped to the edge of our seats. The movie was not only giving us action moments but also touching moments involving Harry and Eggsy, and of course Merlin. I know my wife was especially affected during those scenes.
By the way, even though this film seemed a bit cartoon-ish, one thing is clear that it is not really a movie for kids consumption as there were few scenes & humor that were best suited for adults and there were also quite frequent use of the F word. There was 1 particular scene which surprisingly passed the Indonesian censorship body, but I guessed it was thought to be confusing if it was cut like when they did so in the original movie where the church scene was cut.
In the end, I think this was a good movie. It was highly entertaining, filled with awesome action sequence, touching & emotional moments, funny scenes and even some twists. Basically everything that I would hope for on movies like this. Oh ya, before I forget, there was no mid or post end credit scene at all, so you could immediately go to the rest room if you have been holding it for > 2 hours. So if you are looking for a cool stylish action movie with some fun and various cool gadgets used by British and US agents who had to work together to fight super villain, then this would be satisfying you. Just a reminder that you really need to throw away your logic when watching this kind of movie and enjoy it like my wife and I did. Plus do not forget to see the first one to understand some of the stories in here.
Mike's movie moments rating: 4 out of 5 stars