2017 Movie #112: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

2017 Movie #112: Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

The gleefully over-the-top sequel to what was already a joyful ripoff of the James Bond movies, Kingsman: The Golden Circle goes bigger, bolder, and more over the top, expanding the Kingsman mythology and world in exciting ways that make for a promising future to this franchise. If you didn’t know that Kingsman was based on a comic book franchise, The Golden Circle makes that fact quite clear, both for better and for worse.

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2017 Movie #75: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

2017 Movie #75: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Are you paying close attention? You’ll probably want to if you’re watching Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, adapted from the John le Carré novel. Not only does Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tinker from here on out) feature an incredible complex plot, filled with codenames, spycraft, a wide array of characters, and deceit, the film also features a complicated nonlinear structure, with multiple narrators. For those willing to give Tinker the patience it deserves, the payoff justifies it all.

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2017 Movie #2: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

2017 Movie #2: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)

My second movie of 2017 was something of a palette cleanser from the first one. While Kingsman: The Secret Service (hereafter referred to as Kingsman) is not an exceptional movie, it is a capably made action film, with standout lead performances by Taron Edgerton (who I first discovered thanks to this film, and is clearly a star in the making), Mark Strong, and Colin Firth (in an unexpected turn as an action star).

While I describe Kingsman as “capable”, that should not be taken as a slight – capably made action movies that manage to occupy my attention for their full length are increasingly hard to find,  and while there were elements to this movie that I found distasteful or distracting (Samuel L. Jackson’s annoying lisp comes to mind here), the action was fun to watch (the church shootout, the skydiving sequence) and mostly overcame those flaws.