The King’s Man (2021)

Real power is not found running off to war. Real power lies in understanding who it is you’re truly fighting, and how they can be defeated.

I watched the 2021 spy, action film, a prequel to “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2014) and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017), called The King’s Man. One man must race against time to stop history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds from starting a war and wiping out millions of people. After being held up a while due to Covid-19 it was released in the United States on December 22, 2021, and in the United Kingdom on December 26, 2021, by 20th Century Studios.

This is the prequel story of how the Kingsman’s spy ring was formed amidst World War I’s international mayhem. The movie follows Duke Orlando Oxford (Ralph Fiennes) as he and his cohorts uncover a villainous group responsible for manipulating world leaders into starting World War I.

This film was co-written, produced, and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Produced films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Mean Machine, Swept Away, Harry Brown, Kick-Ass 2, Fantasic Four (2015), Rocketman, Bloodshot, Silent Night and directed X-Men: First Class, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle).

Filming was in the United Kingdom, some scenes were shot in Piedmont, Italy: Turin, Po river’s street, street of the city and in two palaces close to it; Venaria Reale: the Palace of Venaria and royal gardens; Nichelino, Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi and surroundings; Racconigi (Cuneo), Castle of Racconigi.

Cast
  • Ralph Fiennes as Orlando Oxford, Duke of Oxford / Arthur – Schindler’s List, The Avengers, The Constant Gardener, Harry Potter Films, The Hurt Locker, Wrath of the Titans, Skyfall, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Lego Batman Movie, Holmes & Watson, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Dolittle, No Time To Die, The Kings Man
  • Gemma Arterton as Polly Watkins / Galahad – Quantum of Solace, , Clash of the Titans, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, The Kings Man
  • Djimon Hounsou as Shola / Merlin – Stargate, Deep Rising, Gladiator, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, Constantine, Eragon, Push, The Tempest, Guardians of the Galaxy, Furious 7, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Shazam!, Charlies Angels, The Kings Man, TV-Beverly Hills, 90210, ER, Alias, Wayward Pines
  • Rhys Ifans as Grigori Rasputin – Notting Hill, the Replacements, Hannibal Rising, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, The Amazing Spider-Man, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Kings Man, TV – Elementary
  • Harris Dickinson as Conrad Oxford – Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, The Kings Man
  • Alexander Shaw as young Conrad Oxford – a descendant of George Bernard Shaw, this was his first movie (age 7), The Kings Man
  • Matthew Goode as Captain Maximilian “Max” Morton / The Shepherd – Watchmen, Burning Man, Downton Abbey, The Kings Man, TV – The Good Wife
  • Tom Hollander as King George / Percival, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Tsar Nicholas – The Darwin Awards, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Valkyrie, Hanna, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Kings Man
  • Daniel Brühl as Erik Jan Hanussen – The Bourne Ultimatum, Inglourious Basterds, Rush, The Fifth Estate, Captain America: Civil War, The Kings Man, TV – The Alienist
  • Charles Dance as Herbert, Lord Kitchener – For Your Eyes Only, Alien 3, Last Action Hero, Space Truckers, Underworld: Awakening, Dracula Untold, Victor Frankenstein, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Ghostbusters, Underworld: Blood Wars, Johnny English Strikes Again, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, The Kings Man, TV – Tywin Lannister on Game of Thrones
  • Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Lance Corporal Archie Reid / Lancelot – The Illusionist, Kick-Ass 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tenet, The Kings Man
  • Joel Basman as Gavrilo Princip – Hanna, The Kings Man
  • Valerie Pachner as Mata Hari – Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  • Alexandra Maria Lara as Emily Oxford- Rush, Sing, The Kings Man
  • Olivier Richters as Huge Machinery Shack Guard (H.M.S.G.) – Black Widow, The Kings Man
  • Todd Boyce as Alfred DuPont – The Punisher, Spy Game, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Flyboys, Kick-Ass 2, Everest, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Murder on the Orient Express, The Kings Man
  • Aaron Vodovoz as Prince Felix Yusupov – Killing Eve, The Kings Man
  • Ron Cook as Archduke Franz Ferdinand – an English actor. He has been active in film, television, and theatre since the 1970s, The Kings Man
  • Stanley Tucci as U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. / Bedivere – Beethoven, The Pelican Brief, Kiss of Death, Captain America: The First Avenger, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Jack the Giant Slayer, The Hunger Games Movies, Transformers Age of Extinction, Transformers: The Last Knight, The Kings Man
  • Branka Katić as Empress Alexandra Feodorovna – Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Kings Man
  • August Diehl as Vladimir Lenin – a German actor, primarily known to international audiences for playing Gestapo major Dieter Hellstrom in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Michael “Mike” Krause, Evelyn Salt’s husband, in the movie Salt, The Kings Man
  • Ian Kelly as Woodrow Wilson – He played Hermione Granger’s father in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, The Kings Man
  • David Kross as Adolf Hitler – German actor, The Kings Man

The first panoramic shots of trenches, with the voiceover of The Shepherd, in particular, the part depicting mountains of shell cases are taken from real photographs of the Battle of The Somme.

Fought between July and November 1916, with no clear winner, it cost the lives of around 700,000 British and French soldiers and 550,000 Germans. As shown, entire battalions were mowed down with machine-gun fire, and over one million shells were fired in the first week alone.

The reviews were pretty much bad or good, not much in-between. There were definitely some on Netflix that had clearly not watched the whole movie, one even admitted they only watched 45 minutes.

I thought the movie was good, maybe a little too long. I was excited to see there will be another one coming. I’ll give this movie 3.5 out of 5.

Sources

Screenrant
Wikipedia
IMDb
Rotten Tomatoes

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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