Film: The King’s Man (2021)

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Our Christmas movie! With Ralph and Karen, we headed off to Cineworld in Castleford to see The King’s Man.

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Any good? Well, we’d seen both the original Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) and Kingsman: the Golden Circle (2017) – and they were quite entertaining and loosely based around the comic book series that debuted in 2014. This latest outing was the prequel set in the lead-up to The Great War.

Clocking in at a bladder-friendly 131 minutes (well, my bladder!), it starred a wealth of well-known faces, including Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Tom Holland and Djimon Hounsou.

Alas, no Colin Firth (contrary to some reports!) Taron Egerton, Mark Strong nor Michael Caine, – and no sign of any of the other characters from the previous two instalments in the franchise either (full cast and crew is HERE). Therefore, not surprisingly, it had a feel all of its own and didn’t rely on the previous two outings for it to make sense. A perfect standalone! 👍

It tells the story of the beginnings of the Kingsman Agency and it’s pretty much non-stop action all the way through! And historically, it was pretty respectful to events around the time the film was set.

Think of it as a James Bond/Indian Jones mash-up! (and better than either IMHO! – surely not???)

Ralph Fiennes excelled as the action hero (which was a very pleasant surprise) and Rhys Ifans’ character is just plain sinister. Do take a few tissues though! 😢😢

In short: great acting, great music, great story, great script, great cinematography and great special effects. Bet you can’t guess who the ‘big bad’ turns out to be!!! (We didn’t!)?

Ann and I don’t often agree on ratings for films these days, but we both said that for us, this was the best film we’d seen in ages! 👍👍👍👍👍

Go see! 👍👍

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