Every Matthew Vaughn Movie Ranked From Worst To Best
6. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The original Kingsman was one of 2015's surprise hits, a stylish, subversive twist on the spy genre and a ballsy alternative to James Bond.
It was clearly a project close to Matthew Vaughn's heart, hence why he made another one of them and is planning a third instalment, if the reports are to be believed.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle, however, ended up being a victim of the original's success. The stakes were higher after The Secret Service raised the bar, and anything short of a stellar sequel would be perceived as a disappointment.
The Golden Sequel is far from a stellar sequel, despite being pumped full of A-list acting talent and lead star Taron Egerton's admirable attempts to re-channel the rough-edged charm and wit he showed off in the first film.
The likes of Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum are largely squandered, given a criminal lack of screen time, and none of the sequel's action scenes come close to matching the explosive church sequence in The Secret Service.
At 141 minutes, The Golden Circle overstays its welcome, but there is some killer among the filler. Egerton's rugged hero Eggsy continues to shine, the action flows freely, without matching that of its predecessor, and the political subtext about the America's War on Drugs adds substance to the story.