Matthew Vaughn’s The King’s Man is an origin story for the Kingsman: The Secret Service series, which started back in 2015 starring Taron Egerton and Colin Firth. The original outing was actually a real breath of fresh air, featuring a black villain (which is rare in today’s society), strong, straight white male leads, and some entertaining action sequences. The prequel seems to dabble in the diversity politics that have overwhelmed every aspect of Hollywood, but the action does look good and the World War I setting is a nice departure from the typical action fanfare we’ve been receiving lately.
A secret society of villains look to overthrow the world, and it’s up to Ralph Fiennes and a new recruit in the Kingsman service to help thwart the attempts of villainy by foreign powers.
Much like the first two films, the main leads are two males attempting to save the world. However, this time around they’re joined by Djimon Hounsou and Gemma Arterton as sidekicks.
You can check out the trailer below, courtesy of Movieclips Trailers.
The war sequences look inventive, and the reliance on era-specific weapons could make for some unique action sequences. There’s even a hint of the Hong Kong wuxia sword fights from the classics out of the 1970s and 1980s.
The one scene that stood out to me was the battlefield sequence where the two sides face off just outside the trench using knives looks like a really kick-butt scene. Hopefully it’s not undermined with shoddy camera work and piss-poor choreography.
From the outset it looks like it could be entertaining, but a lot of it depends on if they can keep the limits of pozz to a bare minimum. No one goes to a theater to be indoctrinated with propaganda, and it’s rare we get movies like this set in that kind of time period and starring respectable leads these days, so hopefully it at least delivers that much.
In some ways I’m also getting some League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vibes. Hopefully it’s not as lazily done as that movie, though.
You can look for The King’s Man to hit theaters starting February 14th, 2020.