Review : Kingsman – The Golden Circle


“When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.”

Kingsman the golden circle, or just Kingsman 2, tells the continued story of unrefined youth turned super spy Eggsy, in a brand new story. Everything about Kingsman 2 is meant to be bigger and better. More action, more stunts, more fights, more guns, more everything. For the most part we do get all the “more”, but we could have done with a touch of the “less” also. The Kingsman sequel definitely makes some sacrifices for the sake of bigger and better, but in that we do lose a little of the soul that made the first movie so memorable. Bringing in their American counterparts in the Statesmen, the movie basically doubles its cast of over the top, but super charismatic spies, and allows for an entire new style to be used to great effect. All the great action you would expect is all here, where the movie falters, in its character development. All these new characters have their times to shine, but that spreading of the spot light, does mean less time to dive a bit deeper. I also feel like this movie made some choices in an attempt the deepen our emotional connections with characters, but served only to take some of the best characters out, most like in preparing for third and likely final entry in the Kingsman saga. Just like the original movie, this movie is certainly over the top, and doesn’t shy away from pointing the camera directly at the lesser flattering areas sometimes, and in some cases, some might find it goes too far. The new additions to the cast are also all fantastic, and do a great job to build out the world, as well as allow for some interesting match ups going forward. All in all, Kingsman 2 is every bit the over the top action movie you would expect it to be, it just lacks a bit of the deeper soul that made the first movie one of the best movies of 2014.

Review Score : 8 out of 10

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Trailer of the Week!

This weeks trailer of the week is:

Logan Lucky (Trailer #1)

 

Another week, another surprise from the trailer Gods with the debut trailer for the upcoming Logan Lucky (yes thats how its supposed to be) movie. First time writer Rebecca Blunt wrote the script that was directed by Steven Soderbergh of the Oceans movies franchise. Teaming up again with this Magic Mike star Channing Tatum, plus a stellar cast including Adam Driver, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Seth MacFarlane, Sebastian Stan, Hilary Swank, and what looks to be an enormous role from Daniel Craig, Logan Lucky looks to be another hit under Soderbergh’s belt.

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It tells the story of two brothers (Tatum and Driver) who seeks to pull off a daring robbery at a big time Nascar race event, with some help from Daniel Craig’s Joe Bang. It seems like the entire cast here will also be sporting some very distinct, but so far very well done, southern accents, in a film that looks to be a cross between Ocean’s Eleven and Talladega Nights. This movie managed to fly in under the radar really till this debut trailer, and that was a great thing for it as it really allowed them to set the stage for the reveal of this new side of Daniel Craig that we haven’t seen before. What do you think about the trailer? Excited to see this movie, or does it look like a pass? Either way its our Trailer of the Week!

Review : Jupiter Ascending

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“In a bright and colorful future, a young destitute caretaker gets targeted by the ruthless son of a powerful family who lives on a planet in need of a new heir, so she travels with a genetically engineered warrior to the planet in order to stop his tyrant “

The best way to describe this movie is, it’s so pretty to look at, doesn’t make too much sense. Let me explain. So all of the visuals in this movie are seriously on point. When the film was first delayed, we were told it was to ad more special effects, so cheers I guess. That was never going to a surprise as this is from the people who brought us The Matrix and films like Speed Racer, that even if you didn’t like, they were damn good to look at. The story itself however, does need some work. Many of the plot points seem to serve no real purpose other than to make Channing Tatum do more cool ass gravity boots shit (he was also for some reason, not just a space werewolf, but a space werewolf albino runt). That kind of thing sums up the major flaw with this movie, a lot of things happen for no real reason that makes sense, and that happens for the ENTIRE movie, just one random act after another. Then we have Eddie Redmayne, and, well, we all know you can act, so I won’t hold this movie against you. That’s all I’m going to say about him. So all in all this is a very average plot, couples with some very good visuals, and not much more.

Review Score : 5 out of 10

Review: 22 Jump Street

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“After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.”

Here we have another sequel going for the one up….so, does it? Well for the short answer no, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this movie is funny, very funny. That fact this movie is a sequel is even very well made fun of by the movie itself, and the ability to make fun of itself is a good thing here as it adds another layer of humor to things. Both of the main characters here have great chemistry and their timing of jokes off of each other is great. This is also probably the funniest Ice Cube has ever been, in anything, and he truly adds some very memorable scenes. So why do I say it doesn’t live up to its 21 street predecessor? Even with the nods to the repetitiveness of sequels on a whole, the film still does sometimes feel a little been there done that. There is also a bit of a slowdown in the middle of the film, but then the end of movie does ramp it right back up. This movie also does have one of the best used end credit sequences, that allowed for the addition of a lot of laughs and a lot of fun (there is an after credit scene here so stick around if you can). Channing and Jonah are really a great match, and it’s great to see that they can also identify and play off both their similarities and their differences in the movie which adds a nice sense of personality to it and less of a you could have used any character here vibe. So overall this movie is definitely worth seeing, and by itself is more than a good comedy. It can’t quite live up the heights of 21 Jump Street, but the self-awareness of the movie is very refreshing and its no doubt another addiction to the great summer of movies for 2014.

Review Score : 7 out of 10