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May 2021
Kingsman (2014 & 2017): Mindless Action Entertainment I & II
Kingsman (2014 & 2017): Mindless Action Entertainment I & II
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) and Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) comprise the current films in the Kingsman franchise. It also looks like a prequel, The King's Man (any day now), is in the making. The films are comedy + humor + spyishness + idiocy, in equal measure. At times, it's hard to maneuver one's mind from this-is-action, to this-is-spy-y to this-is-idiocy. Both films move quickly and generally entertain as long as you don't take any of it even remotely seriously.

The film stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, and Michael Caine. Taron Egerton was a nice surprise as he's relatively new and I've only seen him in Rocketman, as Elton John (a " biographical musical film"). I have to admit, the genre of the film, what I'd call stupid humor, isn't really my thing, so I'm a bit biased-against. That said, I did watch both (the second one with some fast forwarding) and the plots are fun and the pacing is quick.
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