Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle

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I failed to watch Kingsman: the Secret Service in the theaters and I immediately regretted it because this is the type of movie that you just have watch in the big screen because of all the action and awesome moves. Thus, I decided not to miss watching Kingsman 2 in the theaters when it shows.

Kingsman 2 still provides the same awesome-ness when it comes to the action scenes – the mad editing, great camera works, the slow mos and fast scenes. The story is a simple and linear one, though it runs deeper in society. Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle focuses on the fight of the remaining Kingsman (aka Eggsy and Harry w/ forever loyal Merlin) versus The Golden Circle, a worldwide, underground drug producer and dealer based in Cambodia.

After the Golden Circle eliminated every Kingsman via missile, Eggsy, lucky enough since he’s not at home, along with Merlin went to Kentucky, USA to find Statesman, which turned out is a Secret Service based in the US founded by a Kingsman as well. Eggsy and Merlin also came in contact with Harry who’s experiencing retrograde amnesia after Stateman rescued him from his fatal shot last movie. After gaining back his memory, the Eggsy and Harry, along with Agent Whiskey from Statesman, went on a mission to retrieve the antidote to the deadly Dancing Virus that Poppy (owner of the Golden Circle) injected into her drugs.

The journey to get the millions affected by the virus hit close to home. In the Philippines, the way how the US President reacted to Poppy’s demands before she releases the antidote (1. To legalize drugs 2. To make her and her companions untouchable), is similar to what might have been in our President’s mind based on the actions seen. It all boils down to money. Innocents be damned. I definitely understand how badly drug pushers and users affect the society but doesn’t everyone deserves a chance to get better and treated? Moreover, in the ongoing war against drugs, only the innocents and small time users are the ones affected. Why can’t the root cause of the problem be the target? Why? Because of money, because of ties. The promised change is just an ideal at this point since the ones at the top will stay at the top and the ones at the bottom will be the ones to suffer. We are just pawns in this game. Sadly, we’ re the ones who suffers in the end.

Kingsman 2 is trying to accomplish a larger scene, a larger scale, but even though the great editing and camera work’s still there plus Taron Egerton as Eggsy is definitely a great eye candy on screen, it still kinda fails to deliver it’s potential. And with this I don’t know if there will be a Kingsman 3. It seems that the plot for this franchise is narrowed already.

Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle is a good movie to catch if you’re looking for some bad ass camera works. the locations are wisely picked, and the music is definitely my choice of music (I’m an oldie trapped in a twenty-something body). Plus Elton John is there! Although comparing it to Kingsman: the Secret Service, the Secret Service still holds the crown. Nothings beats the original still.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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I was supposed to create and post this entry to end September but I wasn’t able to. So let’s start October instead with the final book to the trilogy series of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. (I haven’t read a new book in a week so forgive me if i’ll write this review from memory like the other two).

Always and Forever, Lara Jean is a surprise book by Jenny Han. To All The Boys was supposed to have ended with book two, but this book is definitely such a welcome surprise.

Always and Forever focuses on Lara Jean’s senior year in high school and all the decisions and fears that come with it. She’s still together with Peter and everything is going well but the looming college application and the future are starting to take their toll. Peter is already accepted at the University of Virginia (UVA) in a lacrosse scholarship but despite their hope, Lara Jean was not able to get in. All their future plans, the couple time that they look forward to, their already planned schedule – gone. Isn’t that awful? I could definitely relate to the feeling because I so know it all too well. They say don’t count the eggs before they hatch but I never learn my lesson. I always look forward to things, always claiming that things will go according to the plan, always planning what the possible things and activities in line after the plan, then I will hear the result from the interview or from the exam I was banking my future on, and, you know it, I didn’t pass. Suddenly, life sucks. Even though there is always that doubt that things will not go well, I can’t help but be disappointed in the end.

Thus, I can feel Lara Jean’s sentiments – fear, doubt, worry in everything. What will happen to her and Peter? Will they be able to make it work? Was she not good enough, even with all the high grades she achieved and activities to show? It’s definitely hard to be a senior. But it’s harder being an adult.

Jenny Han successfully portrays the realities of college admissions and the feelings of a senior high that goes with it. It is hard. It is expensive. It is uncertain. Change is inevitable. Future is unknown.

Thankfully, Lara Jean, got accepted to the University of North Carolina, and after having the opportunity to tour the place, a spark of wanting to study in the UNC bloomed. Weighing her choices, she finally decided to study at UNC. That means, she came to accept the fact that she’ll be having a long-distance relationship with Peter, she’ll be far away from home, she’ll be far away from her comfort zone.

This also teaches us that just because we are in a relationship doesn’t mean that every decision we make must be decided by it. Sure, we must take the relationship into consideration but we are our own person first and foremost. We must make decisions for ourselves and not because it what the others wanted.

Always and Forever speaks about the inevitable changes that life throws at us, Lara Jean has hers when she failed to get into UVA and when his dad decided to re-marry. But the book also teaches us to embrace the changes just like how Lara Jean came to terms with all the happenings in her life. Coz if we don’t, we’re just choosing ourselves to suffer.

Always and Forever concludes To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. I had a great time knowing and growing with Lara Jean and Peter, I will definitely miss them.