Review time! I haven’t done a review in a while so sorry if it isn’t worthy of The Guardian or Times but I could not resist telling you all about this wonderful movie!
So lets start with the acting. This movie has such a good cast I can’t even begin to explain the wonderful portrayal they all managed. They have kept Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson and Colin Firth (more on that later!) and none of them stray from the character they took on in the first film. It genuinely feels like the same story and they naturally have progressed from the first movie which is hard to do. They then have new additions of Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges which is a star studded line up without the originals. They all bring a natural development to the story, some movies add new people to the sequel and it doesn’t make sense. This movie offers a new perspective that feels fresh and it goes in the direction that it should.
The plot is so much better than the first one. It flows better and it carries more emotion. I found the first film a little to fictitious and it didn’t feel like something that could happen whereas this one offered a story that you could relate to. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying mincing human flesh is relatable but the drug cartel story is in the news a lot and I could imagine myself reading about this tale in the newspaper.
They added in the wonderful surprise factor too of Harry being alive and this broke my heart. How dare they bring him back but not have him remember anything?! Poor Eggsy attempting to remind Harry was tear jerking but once he came around thats a moment that defines the relationship between the two Galahad’s. Colin Firth was excellent in this movie at playing two roles, the bumbling butterfly loving Harry to the smart, suave spy. Another heartbreaking moment was the death of Mark Strong’s character Merlin. The moment he started singing was the moment the whole cinema drowned in their own tears. Watching Eggsy and Harry support him through his death connected the audience and offered a emotional side to this action movie.
The different perspectives of the enemy was really interesting. The audience and the different spy agencies knew Poppy was the enemy. The President then became a new enemy as he tricked Poppy and manipulated the storyline to show him as the master. We then get Whiskey who became darker as an act of revenge on those who take drugs, he chose to take Poppy’s side. All the different enemies coming from different directions kept me and the audience engaged and made the time fly by instead of drag.
Finally, two things that made this movie, not a good movie but an excellent movie better than the first were, the action sequences and are you ready? ELTON JOHN. The action sequences were amazing, the ability of the actors and the way they managed to create such realistic and interesting ways of protecting themselves and injuring others was awe inspiring. For instance the briefcase gun and baseball hand grenade were incredible. Then in comes Elton John a star in his own right even more so in this movie, who I need to borrow his feather jumpsuit from!
I hope you all go and enjoy this movie because its brilliant (if you didn’t know that from this review I have not done this right).
Hannah Jayne Artis ❤
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