Nearly two years ago, Matthew Vaughn said he would only make a sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service if the screenplay was good enough. That was not a disingenuous statement.
The original movie was inspired by a six-issue comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. Vaughn and Jane Goldman collaborated on the script, which used the premise and then invented new characters and scenarios. In the past, Vaughn has declined to make sequels to movies he has directed, so the fact that he and Goldman wrote a script that he wanted to direct suggests that he must have impressed himself.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle features the return of stars Taron Egerton and Mark Strong. Colin Firth is also returning, which is a surprise for anyone who saw the first installment, though we…