The King's Man (2021)
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I find it surprising that Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman prequel, The King's Man, is so much more grounded, which is to say less irreverent, than the first two films. In fact, we're hardly plunged into that absurdist world at all for the first half of the movie, and some audiences will resent that. Me? I bade my time through the slow first act, and simply enjoyed the cast at work creating the elements that would lead to the "secret service". I quite like this alternative take on history and how a SPECTRE-like group manipulated the world into World War I, which would have gone even more catastrophically without the proto-Kingsmen. Ralph Fiennes is a perfect actor to be make the footsteps people like Colin Firth will walk in "later", and his helpers are cool too (especially Djimon Hounsou). David Tennant isn't in it, but the actor playing the villain had me thinking he was because of the voice. The absurd historical touches, the dancing Rasputin fight, strong mountain goat action... that's all very fun, and I may be alone in this, but I like the less Millarish tone, which I often found distracting in the previous films even if they led to a more exciting experience.
Not as good as the other parts. The first half was boring and I missed the humor and style. But Ralph Fiennes was great.
Awful, awful, awful.
A dull, mind numbingly stupid movie that gleefully takes a steaming dump on the historical line it goes out of its way to explore. A film that is completely devoid of practically everything that made the original movie the success it was - the main absent ingredient being fun.
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