It’s a tiny bit worse than the 2014 “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and I watched it (which I don’t recommend, even if 141 minutes means nothing to you) with the same blank expression and 38-degree head-tilt Halle Berry and valiant Mark Strong bring to their “meanwhile, back at headquarters, staring at computer monitors” routine.
The Savile Row tailor shop in London remains the posh front for the world-saving spy organization introduced in comic book form by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons.
His condition has improved in “The Golden Circle,” since the first movie, though he’s lost his memory and half his marbles, and it takes some harsh therapy to get him back in the fight alongside his protege Eggsy (Taron Egerton).
In order to locate the antidote for the deadly virus, Eggsy and the Burt Reynolds lookalike agent Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) track the girlfriend (Poppy Delevingne) of the robotic-armed superhenchman (Edward Holcroft) to the Glastonbury music festival.
Also for the record: Though the Americanization of the sequel’s storyline will likely help at the box office, the movie sells the highly exportable image of America as the most violent nation on Earth, judging by the minor players who show up to hassle our well-behaved British heroes in a Kentucky honkytonk.
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