The rags-to-refinement tale of young council estate Eggsy, the spy’s apprentice, was one of 2014’s most charming blockbusters. Yes, even with the controversial anal sex joke at the end. Following in the footsteps of the similarly successful Kick-Ass, Kingsman gets its sequel in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Unfortunately, the echoes to Kick-Ass don’t end there. Like that other sequel, The Golden Circle is kind of depressing and bad.
Director Matthew Vaughan and screenwriter Jane Goldman have always done a good job of curbing series creator Mark Millar’s worst excesses, but somehow Kingsman: The Golden Circle feels more Mark Millar than its predecessor – despite not having anything to do him (the book ended with