I'm a fan of the first Kingsman. It was an entertaining, and at times clever spoof on the spy genre that never took itself too seriously.
The Golden Circle is certainly entertaining at times, but it becomes far too self-indulgent, about 20-30 minutes too long, has too many characters that contribute very little, and frankly makes some baffling story decisions that include but are not limited to:
-So you're telling me that the Kingsman can create a bullet proof, transparent, assault-rifle umbrella, but can only manage a tracker that works if a Kingsman fingers its target?
-Let's kill off the best characters from the first film, while also fake-killing two characters so that the whole concept becomes uncertain and almost…