Kingsman 2 is a funny, engaging spy watch. Thriller is not a term for this film, as the humour is subtle and very Brit. The film is as global as it can get from the UK to mid western United States to Italy to Cambodia and Singapore. The plot regarding substance abuse has a lot of layers and it’s fleshed out in a melodramatic musical vein with a liberal dash of Elton John innit (Brit pun intended). Julianne Moore as the drug lord with a Harvard MBA, with CEO oops psychopath characteristics is smooth laced with cynical artificial charm aces the role, who treats substance abuse as a legitimate pharma product, arm twisting the world with spiked products with a secret antidote.
A lead GOT actor, gets a meaty role with Colin Firth, exemplifying class. The film at times had a Bollywood type cinematic texture to it. It was a tad stretched at 140 minutes plus. Thoroughly enjoyable watch for its action sequences and complex story with various sub plots, with relevance to the era we live in including references to Tinder, Glastonbury, 20 hour work days, robotic pets and the role pharmaceutical capitalism plays in our interconnected world.
An enjoyable one time watch.