The King’s Man (2021)

Quick Reviews

Directed by Matthew Vaughn

Written by Matthew Vaughn & Karl Gajdusek

Story by Matthew Vaughn

Based on The Secret Service by Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons

Starring Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, & Charles Dance

Release Date: December 22, 2021

Running Time: 2hr 10min

Rating: R

In the early years of the 20th century, Orlando, Duke of Oxford (Fiennes), with the help of his loyal servants Polly (Arterton) and Shola (Honsou), sets up a global independent spy network to stop a plot to take down the England during WWI.

The film was delayed several times from an original November 2019 release date, partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic (like so many. It’s revived mixed reviews from critics, praising the performances and action sequences, but critical of the tone and runtime.

Been a fan of this series from the start, so it was only natural I was gonna be interested in this new installment. Plus I’m a fan of most of the cast members, much like the previous films. I personally wasn’t disappointed. Yeah, the tone isn’t as consistent as the previous entries, which I am guessing is due to the WWI setting. It’s kinda hard to make light of the most globally historical wars in history, so it never goes quite as over the top.

Even so, this is a solidly made film (as expected from Matthew Vaughn. The biggest strength going for it is the main cast, especially Fiennes, once again delivering a top notch performance. Rhys Ifans is a show stealer as Rasputin, playing the role both sinisterly and slimy. So yeah, if you liked the previous entries I see no reason not to enjoy this one.

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