A year has passed since the events of the first film and our lead, Eggsy (Taron Egerton) has had to take the place of his mentor Harry Hart (Colin Firth). Breaking a Kingsman rule and attempting to have a relationship, Eggsy attempts to balance the life of a secret agent while dating Princess Tilde of Sweden (Hanna Alstrom). When confronted with a face from his past, a chain of events could mean the end of the Kingsman. Eggsy and Merlin (Mark Strong) as the only remaining agents of Kingsman activate the Doomsday Protocol sending them across the globe to a secret organization and potentially their only ali.
As with every good agent movie comes an evil villain in the form of sugar-coated drug lord Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore). Poppy is the head of one of the largest drug cartels in the world, but in order to keep her business running smoothly, she must live in isolation. Converting an undiscovered site of ancient ruins into a 50’s style town Poppy heads her operations with a smile on her face while indoctrinating her followers into her group known as the Golden Circle. Though nothing sweet about Poppy’s plans, she has released a virus throughout the globe and will only release the antidote if her demands are reached. Poppy’s plan has the inadvertent effect of creating a secondary villain in an unexpected place. Agents new and old band together to try to stop Poppy’s plans and save the ones they love.
The plot of the film at its core holds the simplest and probably the oldest agent and villain story right down to the secret antidote. The simplicity of the story creates a perfect platform to the Kingsman style of mixing old and new in the best way possible. Agents with style and class team up with technology and some badass skills with our new allies adding their own special twist.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle stays true to its brand while keeping things new and exciting. While things may be a bit silly at times including full-on scenes starring Elton John in full costume and song, the film has a way of not taking itself too seriously and adding fun to the action and adventure.