Looking for a sequel with characters that you love, that parodies it’s predecessor and creates even more characters to swoon over, then Kingsman: The Golden Circle should hit the bulls-eye. When I try to imagine what other countries think a stereo typical American is like, I think it must be a clumsier version of the American Heroes we meet in the Statesman organization. Whiskey drinking, tobacco chewing, cattle roping, swearing studs in cowboy hats. Kingsman took the stereo type of an American Cowboy and gussied him up with a bolo tie, a whip and a souped up lasso the same way they fancied up the Englishmen with a brief case and a weaponized umbrella. It was a marvelous juxtaposition and fun to watch.
Channing Tatum played Tequila, definitely the bad boy of the Statesman organization, my only complaint is that we didn’t see more of him in this film. He embodied the cowboy character beautifully. The re-use of the Take Me Home Country Road John Denver song kept reminding me of Logan Lucky, but Tequila and Jimmy were different characters and Tatum made each performance unique. I do think it’s odd that a John Denver song would have such a prominent role in not one but two movies featuring Channing Tatum but I am not going to read too much into that.
Halle Berry plays Ginger ale the American counterpart to Merlin reprised by Mark Strong. She was a little flat but Strong was so charismatic that he would have stolen the spotlight in their mutual scenes regardless.
Pedro Pascal with his Burt Reynolds good looks and handy use of a lasso rivaled Colin Firths Harry Hart. Firth never disappoints and the movie does a good job of indirectly comparing them without them competing with one another.
Eggsy played by Taron Egerton had a consistent performance and I enjoyed the new dimension to his character brought out by Hanna Alstrom who played Tilde, his love interest in the film.
Today is Stephen Kings birthday and it may be the last day that the latest movie adaptation of one of his thrillers, IT holds the number spot. Kingsman The Golden Circle definitely is good enough to knock it off it’s perch. Kingsman is a funny, violent and highly entertaining film. I recommend that you see it in the theatre.
High Expectations Fulfilled
Wish Upon was a mildly scary movie. It was a cross between Mean Girls and Final Destination. Definitely entertaining, with a few hands over the eyes moments, this film bounced you back and forth between the trials of being a teenager to the various ways a person could accidentally die.
I was delighted by the cast of Wish Upon. Fresh off a Twin Peaks binge I was happy to see Sherilyn Fenn as the earthy next door neighbor. Elizabeth Rohm from my favorite Law & Order years also had a bit part as the lead character Clare’s (Joey King) mom and Ryan Phillipe stepped in to play his best role in a horror film since I Know What You Did Last Summer. There were a few fresh faces worth mentioning as well. The two best friends played by Shannon Purser and Sydney Park managed to be unique characters that were likable and flawed with a minimum of screen time. And more recognizable from his performance in the Maze Runner films I also really enjoyed Ki Hong Li’s performance as Ryan.
Horror is not my genre, I don’t normally see these movies in the theatre. I’m not sure I would recommend that you see this one in the theatre either. It’s a solid horror movie and a pretty decent perils of High School film as well. But I’d still recommend watching it in the comfort of your home and even it it could be even better with a blanket to cover your eyes just before that gruesome death scene that you will see coming.
The Avengers have welcomed Spider-Man into the fold in the most entertaining Spider-Man movie to date. This movie captured the innocent fun that should come with discovering the origin of a new super hero. In fact if you take anything away from this review it should be that watching Spider-Man Homecoming was fun! If you are looking for a few hours of air conditioning, some laughs, action and a smidge of romance then this movie should do quite nicely.
Tom Holland was the Spider-Man that I have always pictured in my head. He was geeky and awkward but pulled through when it counted. He was kind and yet still a little bit of an annoying teenager. His awkwardness really brought out his relationship with the other characters including the sprinkling of cameos that never cease to bring this movie goer joy. I know it’s a (probably not so) cheap trick but I love it when an unexpected character or even character reference shows up. Marisa Tomei was brilliant and I am so happy that they decided to go with a hip funny version of Aunt May. Peter Parker’s class mates were also a joy, particularly Michelle played by Zendaya who behaved in the same way that I would expect Grumpy Cat to if she was somehow transformed into a high school girl. I was also glad to see that Peter had at least one friend in Ned played by Jacob Batalon who was delightful and grounded the young super hero. Ah Tony Stark, I am just still mad at him from Civil War. I wish I could put the past aside and adore this whole paternal thing he has going with Peter but he left a good chunk of the Avengers imprisoned and I am just not over it. Curse you IRONMAN! Happy played by Jon Favreau provided just the buffer I needed to overlook my Stark problems and root for the suit. I adore Michael Keaton and I don’t care if he played a convincing bad guy, he’ll always be Batman to me.
I saw it in 3D and I thought they did a good job with it. I don’t know if its absolutely necessary but it was a nice treat. I would recommend that you see this one in the theatre. It is what summer blockbusters should be; full of action, comedy and a little snark.