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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Image via 20th Century Fox

Image via 20th Century Fox

Last year, Kingsman: The Secret Service really came out of nowhere. I’d seen trailers for it, and while it looked like it could be fun, it looked more like a cheap YA adaptation (I hadn’t read the comic) than the kickass spy flick we ended up with. Man was I happy to be wrong with this one. What we got instead was perhaps one of the most genuinely fun films of the year. Most importantly, it sold Colin Firth as a complete badass, which I honestly didn’t realize was possible.

Given the great word of mouth of that first film, and the great success that it was at the box office despite its R rating, it was inevitable that a sequel would be in the works. Luckily for us, writer/director Matthew Vaughn was back on board for this sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, along with the first film’s star Taron Egerton.

Speaking with Cinema Blend, Egerton stated that audiences can expect the sequel to take things even further than its original 

“[Matthew Vaughn] goes even further with it. It’s kind of absolutely crazy. Julianne Moore is the villain, and she’s genuinely terrifying. She’s really, really, really great. So it’s bigger, badder, more guns, you know? All that stuff. It’s fun.”

Normally, a statement like this would have me a bit worried — bigger and badder has a tendency to pan out for the worst when it comes to Hollywood movies. Add in Firth’s return to the franchise, and you’d have even the most optimistic blockbuster nerd worried that this is just going to be a generic re-tread. But this film has one thing that cannot be taken away: Matthew Vaughn.

Between films like Stardust, Kick-Ass, and X-Men: First Class, Vaughn has yet to make a bad film. There’s something in the man’s DNA that seems immune to bad storytelling. As such, I’ll have to hedge all my bets purely on this poor man’s shoulders and have faith that Kingsman: The Golden Circle will turn out for the best. Additionally, we can always chalk up Egerton’s words as an actor just using generic vernacular to create excitement. “Bigger” and “badder” are words that pretty much anyone could use with confidence when describing any sequel, and the best part is that they wouldn’t get in any trouble for saying it — at least not from the studio.

What do you think of Egerton’s comments? Do they concern you as much as they concern me? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is set to theater theaters on October 6, 2017.

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SOURCES: Cinema Blend

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.