Kingsman: The Golden Circle begins its worldwide rollout this week, and it's safe to say it's one of the year's most anticipated movies, sequel or not.
What a shame it is, then, that The Golden Circle is also perhaps the year's biggest cinematic disappointment so far, a middling, often puzzling follow-up that lacks so much of the original's ingenuity and charm.
Since the review embargo lifted, The Golden Circle has received mixed notices from critics, largely deeming it the inferior sequel that it absolutely is.
Is it a dumpster fire that disgraces the original? Absolutely not, but if you were hoping for a bigger, crazier sequel that makes good on its incredible cast, you might find yourself shrugging when the end credits roll, and wondering if that was really the best all involved were capable of.
Hopefully writer-director Matthew Vaughn will take a step back and consider what does and doesn't work about the film when prepping the inevitable threequel...