Tuesday, April 25, 2017

First trailer for 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' is spectacularly entertaining

2015 was a great year for spy movies, led by the combination of Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation and Spectre, two great franchise installments, and three relatively original films that came in the form of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Spy, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. While Paul Feig's Spy was a solid hit and the latter film from Guy Ritchie is rumored to be getting a sequel soon, the real breakout of the year was Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman. Expectations were low for the hyper-violent film from the director of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, but The Secret Service emerged as one of the most surprisingly entertaining flicks of the year, turning Taron Egerton into a star and further setting the viability of R-rated blockbusters. The film made a stunning $414 million at the worldwide box office, making a huge profit off an $81 million budget and establishing Kingsman as the next big spy franchise. Just over two years later, Vaughn and his crew are back with The Golden Circle, a sequel that will expand the wacky, hard-R universe of the Kingsman in an exciting new way. Originally locked for release this summer, Fox recently set the film for September 22, 2017. With that date looming, the studio is getting the marketing machine started with a teaser trailer- check it out below!

I'm a sucker for a good spy movie, and Kingsman is a highlight of the genre. The 2015 film is so damn delightful on just about every single level, and the way that it told a standalone story while also establishing a franchise and a unique world was really impressive. I couldn't be more excited for The Golden Circle, a sequel that looks to be upping the insanity and bringing in a whole new group of characters. Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, and Pedro Pascal have all joined the cast, helping to assemble the Statesmen- essentially the American equivalent of the Kingsmen. This first look is just a brief glimpse at what's to come, but this teaser is still truly spectacular in every way. The trailer neatly centers around the destruction of the Kingsmen mansion, all before Frank Sinatra's "My Way" kicks in and gives us a taste of all the ridiculous action we have to look forward to in The Golden Circle. The car chase looks bonkers, the snowy showdown looks to be a highlight, and Tatum seems pretty handy with that shotgun. And of course, the trailer ends with the "shocking" reveal- Colin Firth's Harry Hart is back from the dead, and he's sporting a classy eye patch. All in all, this is one of my most anticipated films of the year, hands down. I can't wait to see more, but first, I'm gonna watch this teaser again and again and again.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle debuts on September 22, 2017.

Image courtesy of Fox

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