The King’s Man (2021)

You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled across a rather twisted and regal version of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure when you first read the plot outline of “The Kings Man.” A collection of history’s very worst criminals and tyrants are plotting to wipe out millions of people, and only one man, in a race against time, can stop them. What a treat!

I love a good origin story. Batman Begins, The Hobbit and here, The Kings Man. They can be hit and miss – this one delivers in spades. Without giving too much away, the plot centres around Orlando Oxford (played superbly by Ralph Fiennes) and his oversight of the fledgling Kingsman spy agency during World War I, his need to protect his son Conrad (Harris Dickinson) and trying to thwart the plot of classic criminals and tyrants.

The relationship and story development between Conrad and Orlando makes this film special. They learn from each other, grow together and take us on some unexpected turns along the way. Fans of the Kingsman Franchise will love going back to see where it all began. The fun-loving yet regal vibes are still here, and the engaging action sequences were shot perfectly and, again, well-choreographed. Think Guy Ritchie style-wise with a little less intensity. My favourite scene is the touch between Ralph Fiennes’s Oxford and the film’s villain, Rasputin (Rhys Ifans) – I’ll let you judge for yourself. There’s also a healthy dose of dark humour thrown into the mix, which I thoroughly enjoyed. 

Overall, this is a great watch for those who love the Kingman franchise or spy movies generally, for that matter! It is good fun, and the film visuals are also incredible. The decor, costuming and general early 1900’s vibe is rocking and matched with the exceptional cinematography, it’s a feast for the eyes.  The relationship and story development between the film’s lead make this film special, not to mention a pleasing amount of dark humour thrown into the mix; the film is a blast and a worthly prequel that I’m confident many will enjoy. The King’s Man (2021) is Available in Australian Cinemas from 6th January.

8.0/10

Rating: 4 out of 5.

24th December 2021
Written by Amanda Rosazza

Photographer Credit: Jared Vethaak, Vethaak Media @vethaakmedia

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Leif (Jake Johnson) lives in a small cabin in one of his friend’s backyards.  On a day-to-day basis, Leif enjoys doing very little other than smoking drugs, hanging out with his dog, and taking pride in the fact that he plays the bongos in a band that he hopes...

Martyrs Lane (2021)

Leah (Kiera Thompson) is a ten-year-old girl who lives in a vicarage with her older sister, mother and father. Her family is highly religious, and they find themselves always helping others in need, and people within the community will request a blessing or even...

The Suicide Squad (2021)

After a secret specimen in a lab threatens the world, it’s up a whole new Suicide Squad from Belle Reve to save the day. Bloodsport (Idris Elba) has been invited to lead the new team but refuses. He naturally has a change of heart when he speaks to his daughter and...

Pig (2021)

Rob (Nicolas Cage) is an experienced truffle hunter who hunts by himself in the Oregonian wilderness. Helping him with his hunts is his long term companion- a large female Pig. Life for Rob is generally quiet, and he keeps to himself, even keeping to minimal small...

Initiation (2020)

In this movie, one of the biggest highlights in America is happening right now at a university campus- pledge week!  During this week, young people attending university accept challenges to prove their worth, drink heavily and party. It's evident that social...

Relic (2020)

When a grandmother named Edna (Robyn Nevin) appears to have gone missing, her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer), and her granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote), decides to check on her. As Kay and Sam arrive at Edna's home, they confirm she is missing. A police report is...

Coming Home in the Dark (2021)

A family of four are on a road trip. The father, Alan (Erik Thomson), the mother, Jill (Miriama McDowell) and their two teenage sons Jorden (Frankie Paratene) and Maika (Billy Paratene), are travelling through New Zealand. We witness the general interactions of this...

Forever First Love (2020)

Paul (Steven Rooke) is a highly-skilled photographer working for a magazine company.  By pure luck, while visiting the Philippines for work and taking some photos in the local markets, he sees Anna, his first love (Carlotta Morelli). After seeing her from afar,...

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

The film begins with a narration explaining the Legend of the Ten Rings and its origins. We also learn about the man who discovered the powerful rings and used them consistently until something significant happened in his life.  The film fast forwards to the...

Die in a Gunfight (2021)

Set in New York City, Die in a Gunfight is a modern tale of Romeo + Juliet. The story is narrated by actor Billy Crudup, who first introduces the audience to Ben Gibbon (Diego Boneta).   Ben is well known for taking a beating and never seems to give up a...

Superhost (2021)

Teddy (Osric Chau) and Claire (Sarah Canning) are a young couple who are also full-time vloggers with their very own channel, Superhost. Together they have built a reputation and large following by visiting various hotels and holiday spots and reviewing them with...

Candyman (2021)

Continuing from the first film, which featured in 1992, Candyman (2021) is set in 2019.  It’s been an entire decade since Cabrini towers were completely torn down.  This new instalment follows Anthony (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who lives with his girlfriend,...

Hammer (2019)

The film begins with a young man, Chris (Mark O’Brien), entering the woods to conduct a secret drug and cash deal with another man. But during the exchange, something occurs that puts Chris on the run. While successfully getting away on a motorbike, he bumps into...

Hunter’s Moon (2020)

Hunter's Moon (also known as The Orchard) follows a family's move to a quiet life in the country. As the father, mother and three teenage daughters enter the small town several reveals are made. We learn that the house this family has just purchased had a previous...