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Kingsman sequel The Golden Circle gets mixed reviews

From BBC - September 19, 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is out in the UK on Wednesday - and it's been met with a mixed reception from the critics.

The follow-up to 2014's Bond spoof, Kingsman: The Secret Service, continues from where the first film left off.

The Telegraph's Robbie Colin said: "Even an all-star cast ca not save this interminable sequel."

But the Guardian's Gwilym Mumford said: "The visual wit that made the original feel so bracingly fresh is maintained."

In the sequel, Kingsman's headquarters are destroyed and they have to team up with a US spy organisation to defeat a common enemy.

Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Sophie Cookson star once again and are joined by Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry and Sir Elton John.

Despite the big names joining the cast, Colin was still not impressed.

He said the first film "may have felt like a straggly, goading holdover from the twilight of the lads' mags, but at least it committed to its nasty streak and took venomous pleasure in prodding your buttons till they beeped".

But on the sequel, he added: "This crazily overlong and tiresome follow-up, however, does not seem to have the first idea what to do with itself - not least when it comes to its much-vaunted all-star cast, the majority of whom are barely even in it."

While Mumford felt the two-hour, 20-minute running time was too long, he was more impressed overall, saying it was "more star-filled, more gleefully grisly, and reaching new heights of skyscraping silliness".

He added: "Every crass of tone-deaf moment - is matched by a wonderfully droll one-liner or nugget of razor-sharp satire.

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