It should be no surprise that I enjoyed Kingsman 2. I’m a big fan of the original. and loved its simple but effective council estate mush becomes James Bond plot device. By far the most controversial part of the film, Colin Firth’s return after getting killed the last time out, was handled pretty deftly. Firth acquitted himself with all the zeal of someone that no longer has to go to college with @fowllyd and @so5-4bw . He really is that good.
Mark Strong, a favourite of director Matthew Vaughn, is also very good. The Dude himself (El Duderino, if you’re not into that whole brevity thing) rolls up as head of Statesman, the non-Union whisky toutin’ counterpart over in the US.
Though they never share a scene, Julianne Moore, a.k.a. Maud Lebowski, also graces this movie with her presence. She is the major antagonist, and gleefully hams it up to great effect, having as much fun as Samuel L seemed to in the first movie.
It’s not Amelie (excellent choice, @saintbristol ), but it is very good at what it does.