Key scenes in Kingsman: The Golden Circle filmed in Birmingham

Key scenes in Kingsman: The Golden Circle filmed in Birmingham

Key scenes in Kingsman: The Golden Circle filmed in Birmingham

By all indications, fans are ready for much more Kingsman, and are projected to turn out in droves this weekend for the R-rated action comedy.

Speaking to guests from the Colombo film and arts scene at the reception, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, James Dauris, commented that the film reflects the breadth of talent in Britain's creative industries.

The film itself is just as fun as the first, and in some ways, more so.

Actor Mark Strong said if he is getting a chance to feature in films with someone like Halle Berry, it means he is doing a good for himself.

Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman: The Secret Service became a surprise hit in 2014, acting as a breath of fresh air into the stale spy genre. Does it have the same director?' 'Yep, Matthew Vaughn's gonna be in it, and Colin Firth, and Taron Egerton, yep!' 'OK!

The Bridget Jones's Diary star, 57, returns to the role of suave spy Harry Hart in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, a sequel to the hugely successful Kingsman: The Secret Service. While it's understandable that Warner Bros. would want to hype the fact that Firth, an Oscar victor, is back for the sequel, you could make the case that it's not like it attracted a whole new audience. Halle Berry, looking very subdued in glasses, has a small part as assisting him with Jeff Bridges as the boss of "Statesman" - an American whiskey brand which is the USA front for the crime fighters. It often feels too wrapped up in its apparent goal to excel above its predecessor on the insane scale that it loses sight of telling a story that we can successfully follow or buy into, not that you would ever actually buy into, really, anything that happens in this film.

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For starters: fight sequences that are stylish, but too repetitive and too long. Kingsman: The Golden Circle officially takes things way too far as anything and everything goes.

The shoot involved a auto chase between a black cab and three golden Jaguars - which has featured in the TV spot and official trailer for the film.

Julianne Moore plays a psychopathic drug baroness who keeps Elton John as a pet, has one of her henchmen fed into a meat-grinder, and then fries him up into a burger. There's also no Marvel-style teaser for Kingsman 3, even though Matthew Vaughn has stated that he's working on a third movie and that he has a Kingsman trilogy in mind here.

"I actually wanted him in Kingsman 1 and he turned it down", says Vaughn.

The movie released this Friday to mixed reviews, with many claiming that though the sequel amps up the zaniness of the first movie, it lacks the energy and the fun of its predecessor. Still, it was like a nice beer compared to a bottle of champagne - both get you drunk, one just does it better.

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