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Kingsman: The Libertarian Series? – An Analysis and Review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle *SPOILERS*

How do I describe the new Kingsman Flick?

Unsurprisingly Surprising.

Now before the Grammar Nazis come to arrest me for that, let me explain…

At base level, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a formula sequel: a hero that has developed significantly from the first film finds conflict between his personal life and job. All the while, chaos again occurs, forcing our brave lad to struggle both internally and externally as he fights to save the world. This film even repeats the original’s plot by putting a character personal to Eggsy in danger along with the rest of humanity, as well as killing off an important character (technically it kills off a lot of people, but anyone who’s seen the trailer already knows that).

Another throwback, the main villain threatens to kill loads of people in the name of social progress…which is where I must branch off.

The Kingsman series are films in which a private intelligence agency created in response to inept governments must protect the world from individuals that want to violently enforce social progress…Libertarianism anyone?

This may seem a stretch, but let’s take a closer look at the sequel.

The villain this time is Poppy (played by Julianne Moore), a drug kingpin who has taken control of the entire market (monopolies are not well-liked by free-market fans). Contaminating the world’s narcotic supply, she takes the planet hostage, demanding that the U.S. legalize all drugs.

At this point, I thought that the film was taking a conservative angle (especially with all the Fox News cameos), but then I saw something that shocked me…political satire.

The president in the film is a morally charged asshole that basically says drug takers are degenerates deserving of their fate, and though he pays lip service to finding a cure, instead plans to bide his time till they all die off since it’ll make the war on drugs easier. He even responds to putting people who are “sick” in literal fucking cages for quarantine (a nice symbol for how addicts are dealt with in our society). This completely contradicts the Libertarian belief that individuals should be free to do as they please so long as it doesn’t harm others.

In other words, don’t use the threat of violence to instill social change, but also don’t hold it back violently for moral reasons…if that ain’t a Libertarian message, I don’t know what is.

Politics aside, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is an entertaining (yet jumbled) popcorn flick. Its characters and action sequences are enjoyable, yet it struggles with a rather jumbled plot structure and repetitive story. I also kind of wished it had the balls to pull an On Her Majesty’s Secret Service style ending, but that’s more of a personal gripe than anything.

Nonetheless, Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a fun way to waste around two hours this weekend.

Rating: Alright in My Book

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