The King's Man movie review - Aussieboyreviews
DOES THE KING’S MAN’S ACTION RESULT IN A WORTHWHILE PREQUEL?
The violent but entertaining action and suspense make The King’s Man a worthy prequel. Fans will likely enjoy it, but it’s just overlong and becomes pretty flat.
The Kingsman agency is formed to stop history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds as they all team up to plot a war that could possibly destroy humanity.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Harris Dickinson, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, Charles Dance
Writer: Matthew Vaughn, Karl Gajdusek
Release Date (Australia): 6 January 2022
Runtime: 131 minutes/2h 11m
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: UK, USA
CONTENT GUIDE (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
The film contains moderate war themes.
The film contains action violence in the form of multiple shootings and stabbing that are accompanied by blood sprays and bloody detail.
The film includes uses of “f**king”, “f**k” and “s**t”.
There are infrequent drug references throughout the film.
The film includes sexualised use of the word “f**k” and visual sexual references.
R (for sequences of strong/bloody violence, language, and some sexual material)
Aussie boy's thoughts
Despite the spectacular moments of appealing action and suspense, this tiresome prequel ignores the fun and silliness of the other Kingsman movies. Matthew Vaughn continues directing the Kingsman series in this addition with such a promise but such a disappointment. He really could’ve sprinkled some of the previous themes over it, simply just to give us something to really appreciate.
What everyone loved about The Secret Service and The Golden Circle was that they were both spy movies that weren’t meaning anything serious, and instead were meant to be silly fun. The first one was great, and although the second one lacked that same spark, it was still enjoyable. To be clear on the other hand, 2021’s King’s Man just isn’t fun at all. It wastes its decent idea of portraying the origins, the story is dull and it takes too long to finish.
There’s no denial that the cast is brilliant and they form some really appealing characters, for both heroes and villains. Fiennes, Dickinson, Arterton, Hounsou and Ifans are each so memorable. There’s also the great return of the bloodily enjoyable and superbly edited action sequences that approach towards the climatic point, which is really what makes The King’s Man worthwhile watching.
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