By TAMARA JAYNE
Go to the toilet before you sit down to watch Kingsman: The Golden Circle because you’re not going to want to leave your seat after.
The refreshing and unique take on the action spy movie is back and this time it’s just as entertaining as before with its comical scenes and dry humour.
Sharp-looking and gentlemanly, ‘Eggsy’ (starring Taron Egerton) and team are placed in a new environment with a new cousin spy team, The Statesman.
The world is held hostage and it’s left to the few of them to turn things around for good before it’s too late.
Here are a few things I learnt while watching the movie—spoiler-free!
Relationships matter — even if you are a spy.
In spite of Eggsy being one of the Kingsman, he was still able to hang out with his ‘normal non-spy’ friends, celebrate their birthdays and be himself.
He never placed himself as higher or better than them and because of that, they never suspected that he was doing anything spy-ish of that sort.
He was able to separate his spy life from his love life, and his normal day-to-day life.
As a spy, he knew he was not supposed to get involved with anybody but he did.
Things get sticky as she is put in danger and he is left to fight the battle harder than ever. He wonders if he should have gotten involved with her in the first place.
While questioning this, his close friend teaches him a valuable lesson — when he was about to die, he says (paraphrased), “You know what crossed my mind? Nothing. No ties, no family, no relationships, no fond memories. Just loneliness.”
It is important to have people around you who believe in you, who cheer you on, and who remind you of why you do what you do.
You can learn lessons from anyone.
The villain also known as Poppy acts innocent and harmless on the surface but is clever and lethal inside. Although her character leaves you feeling squirmish, the points she make are not half insane even though she is.
She has taken over the drug industry and pays the price by living in isolation. In one scene she says, “Sugar is 10 times more addictive than cocaine. It causes more death and misery in America. Yet one is legal. Peddle that s— and you’re in the Forbes 500. Peddle coke and you’re in jail.”
While the subtle message sent throughout the show is that recreational drugs can destroy a person’s life, the character also shows a different perspective on how addictions can come from the least likely places just as detrimental to your body as drugs.
You can learn lessons from anyone whether it’s a 2-year-old toddler learning to walk, or an 80-year-old who has a wealth of wisdom and experience. . . or even from a drug lord villain who is a sweetly insane world-class CEO and psychopath.
You can learn from anything or anyone no matter their title, status or age.
You can use your authority and power for good or for misguided reasons.
Poppy believes that the leaders of the world has let them down in some way. So she takes matters into her own hands and comes out of the shadows to implement the use of drugs. She starts by removing every person who may bring her down and fight against her.
Being in such a ‘high’ position of authority and power often allows us to make choices that may be selfish rather than choices that do good for the world as a whole in the bigger picture.
Poppy doesn’t have mentors to give her a different perspective in her decision-making and makes her choices solely on what she feels.
In a contending scene, the president of America also seemingly makes a ‘selfish’ decision to allow millions of people to die merely because he feels that with the druggies dead, it will put an end to drug usage all over the world. Even though he has a team of mentors advising him otherwise, he doesn’t weigh what they say or their point of view.
Sometimes in a leadership role, it is easy to see one side of things and not consider an alternative perspective when you are set on your vision.
Having a group of trusted mentors around you may show you a perspective you may not have seen otherwise and may prevent you from making a biased decision.
However, having mentors around you is still not enough if you are unwilling to view a decision from all angles.
Check out why mentoring is important: Ask Roshan ep 4 video
Just go and watch it
It isn’t one of those movies where the sequel is lamer than the first show. Not to me at least.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle definitely does not disappoint with its action-filled, heart-pumping, can’t-blink-your-eyes-in-case-you-miss-the-moment scenes, you are sure to find yourself left with half a bucket of popcorn by the end of the movie.
Tamara was previously an assistant editor and writer with Leaderonomics. She loves thought-provoking conversations over cups of tea. If she is not writing, you might find her hiking up a mountain in search of a new waterfall to explore.