Trailer Reaction: “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

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In 2015 “Kingsman: The Secret Service” became a huge hit for director Matthew Vaughn and 20th Century Fox, so it’s fitting that a much-anticipated sequel is on the horizon, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”. We finally got our first look at the new film in a trailer released on April 24 that promises to expand the world of the Kingsmen with new characters, a new enemy, and new allies from across the pond. I know we got two teaser trailers recently, one that is a normal trailer and the other a super sped-up trailer full of Easter eggs and hints, but I;m focusing on the trailer most viewers will obsess over in the coming months, the full length teaser.

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Now this is pretty much a teaser trailer more than anything, giving us a very short glimpse at the action we can expect from the sequel and it looks awesome. The film will take place some time after the events of the first movie with Eggsy seemingly taking well to his new life as a British spy. The trailer gives us a very basic recap of Colin Firth’s Harry Hart with a short monologue about how he felt Eggsy was destined to become a Kingsman, and then everything gets turned on its head when a missile takes out the Kingsman mansion and the Kingsman shop, effectively eliminating their base and weaponry to the tune of “My Way” by Frank Sinatra, driving home the seeming hopelessness of the moment for Eggsy and his crew and setting the tone for the entire trailer.

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We get a glimpse of Eggsy in awe over the destruction of the Kingsman shop before Mark Strong’s Merlin comes out of the shadows in what we assume is a scene telling Eggsy what transpired, which will probably set in motion the events of the film as they seek help against a new threat, who we will talk about a bit more later here. We get a sense of hopelessness from both characters, but it’s clear Eggsy is pretty ticked and he wants revenge. I mean, why wouldn’t he right?

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Then we get a few quick glimpses of the action to come, including what appears to be an insanely entertaining car chase, although the where, when, and why of this chase is a mystery. Judging by the car styles and backdrop we can assume this takes place in London or some part of Britain or England. It’s possible this is Eggsy’s getaway as he tries to escape the country to the United States seeking help against his new enemy or this could be where the film starts, kicking things off with an action-packed scene to set the tone. The only things I noticed to give some perspective is that Eggsy is wearing a very different suit than the red one he is wearing as he views the wreckage of the Kingsman shop. So this scene clearly takes place some time before or after the missile hits its target. We don’t know much more about the setting here, but it certainly gives us some perspective on the kind of spy action we can expect from the film as a whole.

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Then we get a look at a few of the new characters as an all-star cast of American actors join the Kingsman universe as members of the Statesmen, the United States’ equivalent of the Kingsmen who appear to be based heavily on cowboys and the wild west. Channing Tatum’s Tequila is the first Statesman we see, slinging an old-fashioned rifle, and the ensuing brawl we get a glimpse at makes me assume that the Statesmen are not all that welcoming of their guests at first. Maybe they are aware of the issues that erupted across the sea or they simply see the Kingsmen as intruders, either way we can assume that the two teams will settle their differences and band together against a common enemy.

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We also get our first look at Whisky, played by Pedro Pascal, who sports an awesome whip as his weapon of choice. Judging by said whip’s inclusion in the theatrical poster, Whisky looks to be one of the main Statesmen that will work alongside Eggsy to put an end to their enemy’s schemes, seeing as he appears at the end of the trailer utilizing a few old-fashioned pistols and earlier in the trailer beside Eggsy as they explore what appears to be a secret hideout of some kind.

As the short sneak peaks at the action subside, we get a look at most of the characters in one-off shots accompanying their actor’s names, including the new villain. So who might that new enemy be you ask?

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Well it’s Julianne Moore of course. We only get a quick glimpse at her character, named Poppy, who will be the central antagonist who is associated with The Golden Circle, a new world order group that is likely trying to get the Kingsmen out of the way. We learn little to nothing about her character though the trailer shows us an establishing shot that gives us a very subtle look at who her character may be. Looking at this photo alone there’s a lot we can deduce. She loves red, she loves her booze or at least has a good selection of it, and the cow photo behind her makes me assume she is in the meat industry which is confirmed in the sped up trailer with her holding a burger and us getting a look at her Poppy’s Diner storefront.

We also get brief looks at Halle Berry’s Statesmen tech expert Ginger and Jeff Bridges Statesmen leader Champagne among other character including a badass, fist-shooting foe that Eggsy will face whose identity is unknown at this point.

The trailer concludes with probably the most unsurprising surprise reveal ever, especially if you’ve been following along and paid any attention to previous teasers about the film.

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Harry is back. That’s right, Harry Hart survived his previous encounter that looked to be his end in the first film and appears to be captive in a padded cell of some kind in his one shot at the end of the trailer. We see him casually shaving, which means he seems to be treated quite well wherever he is, and Eggsy and Merlin show shock in realizing that he is alive, meaning they are possibly looking at some security or Big Brother type footage and are shocked to see a prisoner is their friend and fellow Kingsman they thought dead. Harry also has an eyepatch, which means he was possibly shot in the eye by Valentine in the previous film and, considering his surroundings, he may have some residual damage from the shot if he is in an asylum rather than a prison of some sort. Of course I wouldn’t expect an asylum for the mentally ill to allow one of their patients a sharp shaving item in a padded room so that’s and interesting detail in the scene that prevents  us from really knowing where he is or why he is there at this point in time.

So that’s my breakdown of the first trailer of “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”. What did you think of the trailer? Is there anything I missed? Let me know and view the trailer below. “Kingman: The Golden Circle” hits theaters this September.


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