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* ContestedSequel: The film received mixed reviews from critics and viewers alike. While opinions on plot and characters were divisive, ''The Golden Circle'' is still considered an enjoyable film because of the ridiculous amount of over-the-top action, comedy and raucous moments.

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* ContestedSequel: The film received mixed reviews from critics and viewers alike. While opinions on plot and characters were divisive, ''The Golden Circle'' is still considered an enjoyable film because of the ridiculous amount of over-the-top action, comedy and raucous moments.moments, only much less well received than the first installment.



* IdiotPlot: The movie's plot simply seems to rely on having Eggsy making uncharacteristically stupid decisions drive it forward, making him come off as an incompetent Kingsman whose actions end up causing more harm than good. Druglord (lady?) Poppy isn't much better, as her plan include killing off her own costumers. Even the U.S. President calls her stupid.

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* IdiotPlot: The movie's plot simply seems to rely on having Eggsy making uncharacteristically stupid decisions drive it forward, making him come off as an incompetent Kingsman whose actions end up causing more harm than good. Druglord (lady?) Poppy isn't much better, as her plan somehow include killing off her own costumers. Even the U.S. President calls her stupid.



* {{Padding}}: The fight between Eggsy, Harry and [[spoiler:Whiskey]]. It doesn't add anything to the plot other than four extra minutes so the movie can have a CallBack to the [[SignatureScene church scene]].
** In fact, considering the film is a whopping ''2 hours 21 minutes'' long, one of the largest criticisms is that the film felt far too long due to too many unnecessary subplots and characters clogging up the runtime between action scenes. For example, you could completely cut out [[spoiler:Whiskey]] from the film and the overall plot would not have been affected at all.

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* {{Padding}}: The fight between Eggsy, Harry and [[spoiler:Whiskey]]. It doesn't add anything to the plot other than four extra minutes so the movie can have a CallBack to the [[SignatureScene church scene]].
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scene]]. In fact, considering the film is a whopping ''2 hours 21 minutes'' long, one of the largest criticisms is that the film felt far too long due to too many unnecessary subplots and characters clogging up the runtime between action scenes. For example, you could completely cut out [[spoiler:Whiskey]] from the film and the overall plot would not have been affected at all.



* StrangledByTheRedString: Played rather straight, with general audiences expressing surprise at finding the literal butt-of-the-joke princess in a serious relationship with TheProtagonist with little to no development. Actor Taron Egerton doesn't seem to like it either, although it's worth noting that his reasoning really has been more to do with the fact that it's difficult for him to continue playing Eggsy in the future as the secret agent that he is, if married to Tilde. (Which, strangely, has been acknowledged abundantly not just by reviewers and fans outside the film but also in-universe.) Egerton has said that Tilde/Eggsy was fun, but that it doesn't leave room for much aside from depictions of domestic life for Eggsy, like picking out curtains. The only ship he's actually ''seriously'' supported beyond a joke has always been [[https://youtu.be/lvS_uWgeIwo?t=83 Eggsy/Roxy]], with both him and Sophie Cookson addressing that the fact that the first girl Eggsy's age introduced didn't end up becoming his LoveInterest is a subversive and admirable thing, but Egerton [[https://reggsys.tumblr.com/post/172271022687/sophie-cookson-on-eggsy-and-roxys-relationship jumping]] [[https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2015/05/kingsman-the-secret-service-taron-egerton at the idea]] of [[PromotedToLoveInterest eventual romantic Eggsy/Roxy]] nonetheless. (Sadly, Roxy died in this movie.)

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* StrangledByTheRedString: Played rather straight, with general audiences expressing surprise at finding the literal butt-of-the-joke princess in a serious relationship with TheProtagonist with little to no development. Actor Taron Egerton doesn't seem to like it either, although it's worth noting that his reasoning really has been more to do with the fact that it's difficult for him to continue playing Eggsy in the future as the secret agent that he is, is if he is now married to Tilde. (Which, strangely, has been acknowledged abundantly not just by reviewers and fans outside the film but also in-universe.) Egerton has said that Tilde/Eggsy was fun, but that it doesn't leave room for much aside from depictions of domestic life for Eggsy, like picking out curtains. The only ship he's actually ''seriously'' supported beyond a joke has always been [[https://youtu.be/lvS_uWgeIwo?t=83 Eggsy/Roxy]], with both him and Sophie Cookson addressing that the fact that the first girl Eggsy's age introduced didn't end up becoming his LoveInterest is a subversive and admirable thing, but Egerton [[https://reggsys.tumblr.com/post/172271022687/sophie-cookson-on-eggsy-and-roxys-relationship jumping]] [[https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2015/05/kingsman-the-secret-service-taron-egerton at the idea]] of [[PromotedToLoveInterest eventual romantic Eggsy/Roxy]] nonetheless. (Sadly, Roxy died in this movie.)


* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[https://youtu.be/xRaSNT6cFmI "Tequila"]] is a pretty badass introduction for the namesake character.

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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
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[[https://youtu.be/xRaSNT6cFmI "Tequila"]] is a pretty badass introduction for the namesake character.character.
** [[https://youtu.be/sD03UxPDVXw "Tornado in a Trailer Park"]] fits Whiskey's sheer awesomeness like a glove.


* AwesomeMusic: [[https://youtu.be/xRaSNT6cFmI "Tequila"]] is a pretty badass introduction for the namesake character.

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* AwesomeMusic: SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[https://youtu.be/xRaSNT6cFmI "Tequila"]] is a pretty badass introduction for the namesake character.

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* AwesomeMusic: [[https://youtu.be/xRaSNT6cFmI "Tequila"]] is a pretty badass introduction for the namesake character.


* ToughActToFollow: Coming off of the highly successful and popular first film, ''The Golden Circle'' was definitely going to be measured with high expectations.

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* ToughActToFollow: Coming off of the highly successful and popular first film, ''The Golden Circle'' was definitely going to be measured with high expectations.expectations, and fell short of them.


** Harry's return. People are up in arms about his appearance in the film. Either it's great having him back to fight alongside Eggsy, or his revival [[DeathIsCheap cheapened]] his sudden and tragic demise. Some preferred that Harry stayed dead and made appearances in flashbacks or something similar, or have the resurrection pushed back to a potential third film where the fallout from his death would've resonated enough.

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** Harry's return. People are up in arms about his appearance in the film. Either it's great having him back to fight alongside Eggsy, or his revival [[DeathIsCheap cheapened]] his sudden and tragic demise. Some preferred that Harry stayed dead and made appearances in flashbacks or something similar, or have the resurrection pushed back to a potential third film where the fallout from his death would've resonated enough. Others believe that Harry's revival was an AssPull and meant that his death at Valentin's hands was all for nothing.


* StrangledByTheRedString: Played rather straight, with general audiences expressing surprise at finding the literal butt-of-the-joke princess in a serious relationship with TheProtagonist with little to no development. Actor Taron Egerton doesn't seem to like it either, although it's worth noting that his reasoning really has been more to do with the fact that it's difficult for him to continue playing Eggsy in the future as the secret agent that he is, if married to Tilde. (Which, strangely, has been acknowledged abundantly not just by reviewers and fans outside the film but also in-universe.) Egerton has said that Tilde/Eggsy was fun, but that it doesn't leave room for much aside from depictions of domestic life for Eggsy, like picking out curtains. The only ship he's actually ''seriously'' supported beyond a joke has always been [[https://youtu.be/lvS_uWgeIwo?t=83 Eggsy/Roxy]], with both him and Sophie Cookson addressing that the fact that the first girl Eggsy's age introduced didn't end up becoming his LoveInterest is a subversive and admirable thing, but Egerton [[https://reggsys.tumblr.com/post/172271022687/sophie-cookson-on-eggsy-and-roxys-relationship jumping]] at the idea of [[PromotedToLoveInterest eventual romantic Eggsy/Roxy]] nonetheless. (Sadly, Roxy died in this movie.)

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* StrangledByTheRedString: Played rather straight, with general audiences expressing surprise at finding the literal butt-of-the-joke princess in a serious relationship with TheProtagonist with little to no development. Actor Taron Egerton doesn't seem to like it either, although it's worth noting that his reasoning really has been more to do with the fact that it's difficult for him to continue playing Eggsy in the future as the secret agent that he is, if married to Tilde. (Which, strangely, has been acknowledged abundantly not just by reviewers and fans outside the film but also in-universe.) Egerton has said that Tilde/Eggsy was fun, but that it doesn't leave room for much aside from depictions of domestic life for Eggsy, like picking out curtains. The only ship he's actually ''seriously'' supported beyond a joke has always been [[https://youtu.be/lvS_uWgeIwo?t=83 Eggsy/Roxy]], with both him and Sophie Cookson addressing that the fact that the first girl Eggsy's age introduced didn't end up becoming his LoveInterest is a subversive and admirable thing, but Egerton [[https://reggsys.tumblr.com/post/172271022687/sophie-cookson-on-eggsy-and-roxys-relationship jumping]] [[https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2015/05/kingsman-the-secret-service-taron-egerton at the idea idea]] of [[PromotedToLoveInterest eventual romantic Eggsy/Roxy]] nonetheless. (Sadly, Roxy died in this movie.)


* StrangledByTheRedString: Played rather straight, with general audiences expressing surprise at finding the literal butt-of-the-joke princess in a serious relationship with TheProtagonist with little to no development. Actor Taron Egerton doesn't seem to like it either, although it's worth noting that his reasoning really has been more to do with the fact that it's difficult for him to continue playing Eggsy in the future as the secret agent that he is, if married to Tilde. (Which, strangely, has been acknowledged abundantly not just by reviewers and fans outside the film but also in-universe.) Egerton has said that Tilde/Eggsy was fun, but that it doesn't leave room for much aside from depictions of domestic life for Eggsy, like picking out curtains. The only ship he's actually ''seriously'' supported beyond a joke has always been [[https://youtu.be/lvS_uWgeIwo?t=83 Eggsy/Roxy]], with both him and Sophie Cookson addressing that the fact that the first girl Eggsy's age introduced didn't end up becoming his LoveInterest is a subversive and admirable thing, but Egerton [[https://reggsys.tumblr.com/post/172271022687/sophie-cookson-on-eggsy-and-roxys-relationship jumping]] at the idea of [[PromotedToLoveInterest eventual romantic Eggsy/Roxy]] nonetheless. (Sadly, Roxy died in the sequel.)

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* StrangledByTheRedString: Played rather straight, with general audiences expressing surprise at finding the literal butt-of-the-joke princess in a serious relationship with TheProtagonist with little to no development. Actor Taron Egerton doesn't seem to like it either, although it's worth noting that his reasoning really has been more to do with the fact that it's difficult for him to continue playing Eggsy in the future as the secret agent that he is, if married to Tilde. (Which, strangely, has been acknowledged abundantly not just by reviewers and fans outside the film but also in-universe.) Egerton has said that Tilde/Eggsy was fun, but that it doesn't leave room for much aside from depictions of domestic life for Eggsy, like picking out curtains. The only ship he's actually ''seriously'' supported beyond a joke has always been [[https://youtu.be/lvS_uWgeIwo?t=83 Eggsy/Roxy]], with both him and Sophie Cookson addressing that the fact that the first girl Eggsy's age introduced didn't end up becoming his LoveInterest is a subversive and admirable thing, but Egerton [[https://reggsys.tumblr.com/post/172271022687/sophie-cookson-on-eggsy-and-roxys-relationship jumping]] at the idea of [[PromotedToLoveInterest eventual romantic Eggsy/Roxy]] nonetheless. (Sadly, Roxy died in the sequel.this movie.)


* StrangledByTheRedString: Played rather straight, with general audiences expressing surprise at finding the literal butt-of-the-joke princess in a serious relationship with TheProtagonist with little to no development. Actor Taron Egerton [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0UVyKaJxVE&index=633&list=LL8_ljx9EQdSt7SGV2RmVkJQ&t=0s doesn't]] [[http://just--a--figment.tumblr.com/post/166736145818 seem]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40IsvkRhcTU&t=10s to]] like it either.

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* StrangledByTheRedString: Played rather straight, with general audiences expressing surprise at finding the literal butt-of-the-joke princess in a serious relationship with TheProtagonist with little to no development. Actor Taron Egerton [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0UVyKaJxVE&index=633&list=LL8_ljx9EQdSt7SGV2RmVkJQ&t=0s doesn't]] [[http://just--a--figment.doesn't seem to like it either, although it's worth noting that his reasoning really has been more to do with the fact that it's difficult for him to continue playing Eggsy in the future as the secret agent that he is, if married to Tilde. (Which, strangely, has been acknowledged abundantly not just by reviewers and fans outside the film but also in-universe.) Egerton has said that Tilde/Eggsy was fun, but that it doesn't leave room for much aside from depictions of domestic life for Eggsy, like picking out curtains. The only ship he's actually ''seriously'' supported beyond a joke has always been [[https://youtu.be/lvS_uWgeIwo?t=83 Eggsy/Roxy]], with both him and Sophie Cookson addressing that the fact that the first girl Eggsy's age introduced didn't end up becoming his LoveInterest is a subversive and admirable thing, but Egerton [[https://reggsys.tumblr.com/post/166736145818 seem]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40IsvkRhcTU&t=10s to]] like it either.com/post/172271022687/sophie-cookson-on-eggsy-and-roxys-relationship jumping]] at the idea of [[PromotedToLoveInterest eventual romantic Eggsy/Roxy]] nonetheless. (Sadly, Roxy died in the sequel.)
-->'''Sophie Cookson''': They [Eggsy and Roxy] support each other through that, and they're there for each other...
-->'''Taron Egerton''': ...slowly fall in love...
-->'''Sophie Cookson''': You bring that up a LOT, Taron!


* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: None of the three actual actors were on set when the final moments of the climactic fight was filmed[[note]]the stunt and special effects teams couldn't figure out how to shoot Whiskey being thrown into the meat grinder and only came up with a solution well into post production[[/note]], but it's almost impossible to tell that body doubles and digital head replacements were used unless viewers are really looking for the effect.

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** The digital head replacement done for Music/EltonJohn when he does a flying kick at one of Poppy's goons is so well-done that you'd believe he did the stunt for real.
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None of the three actual actors were on set when the final moments of the climactic fight was filmed[[note]]the stunt and special effects teams couldn't figure out how to shoot Whiskey being thrown into the meat grinder and only came up with a solution well into post production[[/note]], but it's almost impossible to tell that body doubles and digital head replacements were used unless viewers are really looking for the effect.


* {{Narm}}: In the first film, the pub fight scene was instigated by friends of Eggsy's abusive father looking to seek revenge for Eggsy wrecking their car. In ''The Golden Circle'', the bar fight scene is instigated by a bunch of nameless random cowboys who suddenly decided they don't like British people who earlier didn't have any gripe with the group. While it serves to show how much damage Harry's cognitive abilities have taken, it feels so incredibly forced, especially when compared to its predecessor and its CatharsisFactor.

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* {{Narm}}: {{Narm}}:
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In the first film, the pub fight scene was instigated by friends of Eggsy's abusive father looking to seek revenge for Eggsy wrecking their car. In ''The Golden Circle'', the bar fight scene is instigated by a bunch of nameless random cowboys who suddenly decided they don't like British people who earlier didn't have any gripe with the group. While it serves to show how much damage Harry's cognitive abilities have taken, it feels so incredibly forced, especially when compared to its predecessor and its CatharsisFactor.CatharsisFactor.
** Eggsy cutting his way out of his trunk in the opening car chase would be badass, except that he does it his shoe knife and the blade somehow comes straight out of the seat. It's hard to imagine what sort of position he has to be in for that, especially in so small a space.


* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: While things like murder, poisoning and crime syndicates are portrayed as wrong and there are clear divisions between good guys and bad, drug use is portrayed as nothing particularly wrong and it would be better to legalize it. [[spoiler: It is implied that the drug-using secretary of state becomes the new President after her predecessor is arrested and [[KarmaHoudini faces no consequences for her own drug use]].]]



** [[spoiler:The president willing to let tens of millions of drug users die just to say he won the War on Drugs. As pointed out, this includes innocent people that only tried a drug ''once'', people who used marijuana for medicinal reasons, ''children'' who were born addicted thanks to their mothers using while pregnant, sex slaves forcibly drugged to make them more compliant and even ''his own Chief of Staff'', who only started using because of the president's demanding workload. (And, although this isn't mentioned, there ''are'' some parts of the world where pot is legal, so [[FridgeHorror he was also dooming people that legally ''did nothing wrong'']].)]]

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** [[spoiler:The president willing to let tens of millions of drug users die just to say he won the War on Drugs. As pointed out, this includes innocent people that only tried a drug ''once'', people who used marijuana for medicinal reasons, ''children'' who were born addicted thanks to their mothers using while pregnant, sex slaves forcibly drugged to make them more compliant and even ''his own Chief of Staff'', who only started using because of the president's demanding workload. (And, although this isn't mentioned, there ''are'' some parts of the world where pot is legal, so [[FridgeHorror he was also dooming people that legally ''did legally]] ''[[FridgeHorror did nothing wrong'']].wrong]]''.)]]


* CompleteMonster: [[TheAggressiveDrugDealer Poppy Adams]] is the head of the Golden Circle, the biggest drug empire in the world. When an employee named Charles brings his friend Angel to her as a new hire, she [[BadBoss punishes Charles]] by [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten forcing Angel]] to put him into a meat grinder and then forces Angel to eat a burger made of Charles's meat. After discovering all the Kingsman locations, she has them all blown up and kills all of the Kingsmen except Gary "Eggsy" Unwin and Merlin. She takes singer Music/EltonJohn hostage as a pet and as personal entertainment with a shock collar. When Angel uses one of her products, Poppy has her robot dogs attack and tear him apart. The [[PoisonAndCureGambit crux of her plan]] to legalize the drug industry so she can make even more money is to have the millions who she sold to infected with a deadly virus through her products that lasts three stages before death.

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* CompleteMonster: [[TheAggressiveDrugDealer Poppy Adams]] is the head of the Golden Circle, the biggest drug empire in the world. When an employee named Charles brings his friend Angel to her as a new hire, she [[BadBoss punishes Charles]] by [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten forcing Angel]] to put him into a meat grinder and then [[ImAHumanitarian forces Angel to eat a burger made of Charles's meat.meat]]. After discovering all the Kingsman locations, she has them all blown up and kills all of the Kingsmen except Gary "Eggsy" Unwin and Merlin. She takes singer Music/EltonJohn hostage as a pet and as personal entertainment with a shock collar. When Angel uses one of her products, Poppy has her robot dogs attack and tear him apart. The [[PoisonAndCureGambit crux of her plan]] to legalize the drug industry so she can make even more money is to have the millions who she sold to infected with a deadly virus through her products that lasts three stages before death.



** Some have also extended it to [[spoiler:Merlin]]. It certainly helps that an interview with Mark Strong revealed [[spoiler:he ''was'' supposed [[http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/movies/mark-strong/52065/mark-strong-interview-kingsman-the-golden-circle-stardust-kick-ass to have survived]].]]

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** Some have also extended it to [[spoiler:Merlin]]. It certainly helps that an interview with Mark Strong his actor revealed [[spoiler:he ''was'' supposed [[http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/movies/mark-strong/52065/mark-strong-interview-kingsman-the-golden-circle-stardust-kick-ass to have survived]].]]



** Poppy Adams instantly crossed it when she forces one of new recruits to throw his best friend into a meat grinder, and has hm eat a burger made out of said best friend's remains simply out of a test of loyalty. And it's implied that she does this to ''all'' recruits.
** [[spoiler:The president willing to let tens of millions of drug users die just to say he won the war on drugs. As pointed out, this includes innocent people that only tried a drug ''once'', people who used marijuana for medicinal reasons, ''children'' who were born addicted thanks to their mothers using while pregnant, sex slaves forcibly drugged to make them more compliant and even ''his own Chief of Staff'', who only started using because of the president's demanding workload. (And they didn't mention it, but there ''are'' some parts of the world where pot is legal, so he was also dooming people that legally ''did nothing wrong''.)]]

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** Poppy Adams instantly crossed it when she forces one of new recruits to throw his best friend into a meat grinder, and has hm him [[ImAHumanitarian eat a burger made out of said best friend's remains remains]] simply out of a test of loyalty. And it's implied The implication being that she does this to ''all'' recruits.
** [[spoiler:The president willing to let tens of millions of drug users die just to say he won the war War on drugs.Drugs. As pointed out, this includes innocent people that only tried a drug ''once'', people who used marijuana for medicinal reasons, ''children'' who were born addicted thanks to their mothers using while pregnant, sex slaves forcibly drugged to make them more compliant and even ''his own Chief of Staff'', who only started using because of the president's demanding workload. (And they didn't mention it, but (And, although this isn't mentioned, there ''are'' some parts of the world where pot is legal, so [[FridgeHorror he was also dooming people that legally ''did nothing wrong''.wrong'']].)]]



* StrangledByTheRedString: Played rather straight, with general audiences expressing surprise at finding the literal butt-of-the-joke princess in a serious relationship with TheProtagonist with little to no development. Actor Taron Egerton [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0UVyKaJxVE&index=633&list=LL8_ljx9EQdSt7SGV2RmVkJQ&t=0s doesn't]] [[http://just--a--figment.tumblr.com/post/166736145818 seem]] to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40IsvkRhcTU&t=10s like]] it.

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* StrangledByTheRedString: Played rather straight, with general audiences expressing surprise at finding the literal butt-of-the-joke princess in a serious relationship with TheProtagonist with little to no development. Actor Taron Egerton [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0UVyKaJxVE&index=633&list=LL8_ljx9EQdSt7SGV2RmVkJQ&t=0s doesn't]] [[http://just--a--figment.tumblr.com/post/166736145818 seem]] to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40IsvkRhcTU&t=10s like]] it.to]] like it either.


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*** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingsman_(franchise)#Statesman_(TBA) However, the Statesmen are apparently getting their own spinoff film.]]


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** Fans of {{Series/Narcos}} will find it funny to see Pedro Pascal hate drug dealers again.

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** Fans of {{Series/Narcos}} ''{{Series/Narcos}}'' will find it funny to see Pedro Pascal Creator/PedroPascal hate drug dealers again.



** Taron Egerton has been cast as Elton John in a [[Film/Rocketman2019 biopic]]. We've come full [[StealthPun circle]].

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** Taron Egerton Creator/TaronEgerton has been cast as Elton John in a [[Film/Rocketman2019 biopic]]. We've come full [[StealthPun circle]].



* SoOkayItsAverage: The general consensus of the film is that it falls just short of the original in terms of originality, humor, and action and even shorter in regards to character development and the general plot.

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* SoOkayItsAverage: The general consensus of the film is that it falls just short of the original in terms of originality, humor, and action and even shorter in regards to character development CharacterDevelopment and the general plot.

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