I won’t lie to you. I don’t think Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a great movie. In fact, it is constantly at risk of being groan-inducingly over the top. To be honest, it occasionally does veer into that territory of, “Okay, this is just stupid,” and not every scene is funny. Regardless, there are times where its dark, twisted humor works pretty well.
One such time is when the movie’s chief (and chef) villain, Poppy (Julianne Moore) poses a challenge to prospective new henchman named Angel (Tom Benedict Knight). If he can eat the remains of another of her servants, he can join her ranks. At first, it’s taken as a joke, but nope! The guy ends up in a meatgrinder, leaving Angel with a start choice.
Now, by this point in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, it was already established that Poppy was a bad guy…or girl, in this case. Still, this possible nod to Hannibal Lecter should be unexpected by most viewers. However, that’s just the kind of movie this is. It definitely tries to crank everything up to 11. This in-your-face gross-out scene is almost as gross as certain highlights from Hannibal, which also stars Julianne Moore.
The Best Scene in the Film?
Here’s where this article might veer off the rails. For whatever reason, this is by far my favorite scene in the film. It actually kind of makes it for me, and I’m not entirely sure for me. Kingsman: The Golden Circle has plenty of zany sequences, including robotic dogs, Elton John doing action scenes, James Bond-style super technology, and other assorted quirks and gimmicks.
Still, the frickin’ meat grinder will forever be the first thing I think of here. If I’m being honest, I don’t even remember any of the other character’s names, including the very main ones. It may be a defect in my own memory, but I’m not sure. It just brings out the Leatherface in my, I guess.
Is ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Worth Watching For This Scene Alone?
This is a tough question for me, honestly. It may be true for you. Maybe you’re the kind of person who likes action movies, regardless of quality. You know, Hollywood explosions, fistfights, shootouts, “hot chicks,” and car chases have a large appeal. However, I’m not firmly committed to recommending this movie as all that worthwhile.
I would even say the scene in question barely requires context. It’s so random that it almost comes out of nowhere, and it’s not like the rest of the movie hinges on it. So, really, whether you like the rest of the movie is more up to your taste. On that note, I do wonder if Poppy would ever serve some human meat on a poppy seed bun…or would that be too on-the-nose?
What are your thoughts on Kingsman: The Golden Circle? Does this scene twist your stomach? Let us know in the comments!