The King's Man

2021, Adventure/Action, 2h 11m

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Ralph Fiennes' solid central performance in The King's Man is done dirty by this tonally confused prequel's descent into action thriller tedium. Read critic reviews

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The King's Man might be a little too long, but it takes the franchise in a fresh direction without losing any of the action fans are looking for. Read audience reviews

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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.

Cast & Crew

Ralph Fiennes
Orlando Oxford
Harris Dickinson
Conrad Oxford
Rhys Ifans
Grigori Rasputin
Tom Hollander
King George, Kaiser Wilhelm, Tsar Nicholas
Daniel Brühl
Erik Jan Hanussen
Stanley Tucci
United States Ambassador
Matthew Vaughn
Screenwriter
Karl Gajdusek
Screenwriter
Mark Millar
Executive Producer
Dave Gibbons
Executive Producer
Stephen Marks
Executive Producer
Claudia Vaughn
Executive Producer
Ralph Fiennes
Executive Producer
Ben Davis
Cinematography
Robert Hall
Film Editing
Dominic Lewis
Original Music
Matthew Margeson
Original Music
Darren Gilford
Production Design
Michele Clapton
Costume Design
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Audience Reviews for The King's Man

  • Jan 09, 2022
    The King's Man, set as a prequel to the Kingsman franchise, is compelling, exceptional, and enjoyable, thanks to the sterling acting chops of Ralph Fiennes. Unlike the previous fare of tightly woven action-packed spy parodies that Kingsman fans are familiar with, this prequel shifts gears into a heavier tone and theme that is grimmer and darker. This shift in tone combined with the need for greater character development unfortunately slows down the build-up of the story. The grief and grimness in the tone exposes an uncomfortable balancing act needed to bring coherence to the signature comedic heart of this franchise. The story builds around Fiennes as the pacifist protagonist, an English gentleman who walks the corridors of power, while at the same time, has a power network of household maids, butlers and maids – his invisible secret service quite capable of breaking even the best of secret codes – a satirical best! We get served a free European history lesson as Vaughn creatively and cleverly crafts the tale around key historical figures of World War 1, complete with a buffet of antagonists: from the likes of Rasputin to even Matahari: one too many and too one-dimensional for my liking. Daniel Bruhl's talents were underutilised, and I hope he will return for a meatier role in the next one! My only quibble is with the action sequences that needed some serious editing and the length of the film that tested my patience. Despite the uneven flow, The King's Man ranks as my no. 2 favourite of Michael Vaughn's "The Kingsman" universe: for being the heart of soul of this franchise. Go watch it, and you'll know what I mean.
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