The King's Man

As a collection of history's worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, one man must race against time to stop them.

  • Released: 2021-12-22
  • Runtime: 131 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Thrillers, War
  • Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, Charles Dance, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Stanley Tucci, Robert Aramayo, Ross Anderson, Alexandra Maria Lara, Neil Jackson, Alison Steadman, Martin Razpopov, Chloé Booyens, Albert Giannitelli, Olivier Richters, Branka Katić, Katarina Martin, Constantine Gregory, Todd Boyce, Maja Simonsen, Stevee Davies, Hal Fowler, Connor Calland, Kya Garwood, Renars Latkovskis, Jack Cunningham-Nuttall, Alexander Shaw, Bevan Viljoen, Shaun Scott, Andrew Bridgmont, Valerie Pachner, Joel Basman, Todd Boyce, Ron Cook, Barbara Drennan, August Diehl, Nigel Lister, Ian Kelly, David Calvitto, Emun Elliott, David Kross, Rosie Goddard, Dora Davis, Pippa Winslow, Dolores Carbonari, Amy Leeson, Will Pattle, Felix Mosse, Remus Brooks, Timothy Blore, Timon Staehler, Cory Stuckey, Gwithian Evans, Ben Ayers, Cassidy Little, James Backway, Alexander Cobb, Simon Connolly, Ian Porter, Hal Hillman, Tim Bruce, Stefan Schiffer, Kristian Nekrasov, Russell Balogh, Ed Cooper Clarke, Nigel Pilkington, Daniel Vernan, Andrey Andreev, Nina Novich, Fiz Marcus, Alyona Kazarova, Ronja Haugholt, Vår Haugholt, Gabriel Constantin, Gabriela Całun, Aaron Vodovoz, James Musgrave, Thomas Mahy, Jed O'Hagan, Angus Castle-Doughty, Molly McGeachin, Lucia Jade Barker, Alexander Shefler, Alexa Povah, George Gooderham, Emil Oksanen, Max Count, Benedick Blythe, Andy Cheung, Terence Anderson, Thorston Manderlay, Takako Akashi, Richard Stephenson Winter, Shaun McKee, Peter York, Andrey Andreev
  • Director: Matthew Vaughn
 Comments
  • dc-rogers - 12 January 2023
    Enough of the portrayal of our heritage as bad
    Anyone else had it up to here with the re writing of our past. We brought the Industrial Revolution to the world and ended slavery.

    I thought better of Vaughn guess I was wrong.

    Anyhoo if you can get passed 'the message' it's entertaining enough for an evening.

    God save the King!

    I'd don't have anything more to say but have to meet the character limit. So just think about what else you could be doing other than reading this.

    Set a plan in motion to get the girl/guy you really like. Or if you already have that already perhaps get into baking or carpentry. Maybe try a rave, rock concert or grime night.

    Good luck to you.
  • blu_crumbs - 4 January 2023
    Wasted 2 hours on this movie!
    This movie was a complete disappointment! I gave it a chance for half an hour, and I actually had to pull myself through the whole movie in the end. As a fan of the Kingsman franchise, I thought that this movie would exceed my expectations, but NOPE! The only memorable scene was the Rasputin fight scene, and that's it! The storyline was supposed to focus on saving the world but it was all over the place. Other than that, the action scenes were decent and fun, and the Kingsman manners were still relevant. To be honest, this movie makes me want Eggsy from the previous two movies instead of this horrible plot. I give it a 1.5 because of Rasputin's character and the Oxford family drama.
  • polsixe - 2 January 2023
    Better than the First Two
    Sorry fans but the first ones were silly and over the top, this one a little less so with the added history component. Yes, the King Kaiser and Tsar were very similar looking and could have been brothers. Rasputin was a real person as I had to remind a fellow viewer, " rah rah Rasputin, lover of the Russian Queen...". Ok parts of the Rasputin sequence were weird but they tried for laughs as in the earlier Kingsman movies. The Conrad storyline came to a shock end mid way through after a good WW1 trench sequence. Now is 60 year old Fiennes a proper action star? Well no but the stunt crew and FX make it seem he could be another Leeson. The first part of the movie is slow but things pickup as it moves along , so have some patience.
  • LukeCustomer2 - 1 January 2023
    Better than I thought it was going to be.
    I enjoyed this movie for a few things. Of course I enjoy the insane nature of all Kingsman movies. But they tried to tie this one to real WWI history and for that I will give them kudos. Was it not 100% accurate... you betcha, but most movies can't even be bothered to come anyplace near history. I also enjoyed the real anti war sentiment here. It is rare to find that in a movie at all but, in particular, an action movie. I hope this might make some gun ho men see the folly of war.

    The big problem was the script that was very disjointed and in some parts, not interesting. If it had just tried to be slightly more of a typical action movie it might have solved the issues. But I would watch it again.
  • kagu - 1 January 2023
    Utterly awful
    So very *very* bad. I cannot warn you away from this trash hard enough.

    I enjoyed the first Kingsman. The second one was bad, but had it's moments. This ....was utter garbage. I was roped in by Ralph Fiennes and while he brings his expected level of performance and professionalism, it was like throwing gold in a sewer.

    As a money pit Hollywood comic book adaptation, it's horrendous. As a piece of media that references a historical event, it's disgusting.

    The only detail of the whole movies that was even remotely pleasant was the idea that the world is kept safe by a network of domestic servants willing to remain invisible in order to save the world.

    Steer all the way clear.
  • mernamousa-22706 - 24 December 2022
    Amazing prequel !!
    This is my first time to write a review and it's hard to believe that this is the movie i choose to write about ... this movie was great and it deserved far much more recognition than it got ... i have seen a lot of action movies but this one has one of the greatest action scenes i've ever seen i'm talking about the Rasputin fight/dance scene and we have to praise rhys ifans for his great performance also great performances from every one and i have to say that harris dickinson was so good .. and also amazing directing in my opinion this movie was far more fun and entertaining than the last one absolutely recommend it 👌
  • ash-57223 - 20 December 2022
    Let's Just Pretend This One Was Never Made
    Everything that made the original great is absent from this movie. So where to begin? It's extremely disjointed. Characters don't act rationally. History is butchered, and not in a fun or interesting way. In fact, aside from a good fight scene with a russian guy, fun is pretty much absent from the entire film. Conrad Oxford is a spoiled moron who spends the entirety of his screentime moaning and complaining about how he wants to join the war. He finally gets brought into the inner fold where he goes on a special mission during which he basically does nothing while everyone else gets their asses kicked. He then elects to quit the special unit he has been privileged to join and signs up with the army where his dad again bails him out from his own stupidity through a favor with the king, only to have Conrad switch uniforms with a much lower ranking soldier who is being sent to the front lines. Thankfully there is a happy ending to all of this pointlessness as Conrad gets shot in the face by one of his own men for...you guessed it...being an idiot. For that I should give this movie two stars, but I feel I need to do my part to help get the score on this turd as low as possible, so 1 star it is.

    Anyway, the rest of the movie unfolds very predictably with the competent members of the gang rallying around the memory of moron, I mean Conrad to take down the extremely uninteresting and corny main villain who calls himself the Shepherd but spends his time wailing on goats with machetes. It's. All. Just. So. Stupid.
  • HafizhMaulana21 - 20 December 2022
    A prequel with a bland taste.
    Long before the formation of the Kingsman secret agent, in the 20th century a former soldier and a secret agent tried to save the world when a band of tyrants gathered to exterminate millions of people.

    The King's Man is arerun of the previous two Kingsman films. The film discusses the beginning of the formation of the secret organization Kingsman. The King's Man revolves around a former soldier and secret spy agency who has a mission to stop a bunch of tyrants who plan to exterminate millions of people. This film is set during World War I. However, bringing the time setting during the war does not give much of a good impression on this film. The film lacks an interesting storyline and the direction of the story is less focused. This film tries to give a mysterious feel in showing the figure of the enemy faced, but in fact it doesn't really feel good and not surprising. In addition, this film also features too many Rasputin characters as villains. For me, a large portion of Rasputin's character actually has no influence on the storyline. It should focus a lot on such a bunch of tyrants. Another conflict that is not so important to me is the conflict between Conrad Oxford and Orlando Oxford. Their conflict is felt bland and futile to display. One disturbing thing, the film's ending with a goat header scene that looks silly and imposing.

    The King's Man has interesting visuals. It's not far from the previous two Kingsman movies. Likewise, in each scene of the fight scene, which also uses the same formula as before. One thing that is uncomfortable to look at is the use of one actor in the rendition of three king characters that at first glance look the same and become confusing.
  • Aziz_Otaibi - 15 December 2022
    The best part so far
    Compared to the previous parts, I think this is the best, in terms of the story, dialogue, historical references, the soundtrack and visual effects.

    Ralph Fiennes added a lot to this part since he is a masterful actor and director.

    Harris Dickinson played the charecher of wilfred owen because he used his peotry and his bitter experience at war.

    The flashback was good. In this part we see the historical context for the founding of the King's man organization. I liked the intensification of the presence of historical figures in the film: Rasputin, Mata Hari, Lord Kitchener, Adolf Hitler, Gavrilo Princip, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, King George IV, Czar Nicholas II, Vladimir Lenin, Woodrow Wilson, Queen Victoria, Thomas R. Marshall, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, Erik Jan Hanussen, and the reference to wilfred owen.

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    Definitely there will be a fourth part, and includes what? The World War II, since actor appeared David Kross in the end scene with Adolf Hitler character.
  • yedolix - 12 December 2022
    This project was doomed to fail. Shame, because it's not half bad.
    The first two installations in the Kingsman franchise achieved their fame by being what their British protagonists might call cheeky. There's a lot of fun to be had in watching the banter and mismatch between the Kingsman agency's stuffy and pompous operatives and the main character, Eggsy, who is a new recruit from a more humble background who is certainly not just another James-Bond archetype. The films were also known for their slightly adult humor.

    Watching the promotions for this movie, it seemed clear that the makers are taking a more serious approach and leaving out the over-the-top silliness that defined the previous two movies. This being a rejection of what made Kingsman unique in the first place, it was probably inevitable that this movie would underperform at the box office.

    But upon watching the movie, this unavoidable flop may honestly be unearned. First of all, the movie hasn't completely discarded the soul of the franchise. There's still fun. Yes, the main characters are a father and son who spend much of the movie brooding over the death of the family matron, which is a bit of a downer. They also do this in the most high-class, unlively and unemotional way possible which makes it worse. But beyond that, the very premise of the movie, a wild and liberal rewriting of real WWI events, is already kind of naughty, to those who know what really happened. And there's definitely some colorful and larger than life characters to adorn the screen and a few visual gags. The movie even preserves the original's balance of gratuitous violence in good taste.

    Additionally, the camera work and editing are very well done, especially during the fight scenes which are expertly choreographed, the movie is able to subvert viewer expectations on two occasions (one of which is shocking, the other slightly underwhelming), and the acting is consistently good and authentic.

    Don't get me wrong, this isn't a movie for the hall of fame. There are flaws, like the main villain lacking any real character or several of the plot points being cliche, especially in the first few minutes. But the Kingsman movies were never made to win Oscars, they were made to give you a good time, and this one does the job even if it is a bit more serious.

    Worth a watch.
  • lucluv - 10 December 2022
    What a dud.
    The first two Kingsmen movies were quirky, fun and did not take themselves too seriously. Everything was sort of "over the top" and that's what made them so entertaining.

    This prequel, The King's Man, took itself way too seriously. It started off slow and went downhill from there. It attempted to meld itself into real world history, from the Boer War up through World War I, coming up with fictitious causes behind real historic events. It did not do it very cleverly and was a bit muddled in the end.

    The relationship between Orlando Oxford and his son, Conrad, has none of the charm, camaraderie and banter that was found between Harry and Eggsy in the first two movies, and is rather depressing to watch, actually.

    Since this series of movies derives from a comic book series, let me sum it in these terms. The first two Kingsmen movies were Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin, while this clunker was Ben Affleck as Batman.
  • fciocca - 4 December 2022
    The most mature movie of the trilogy, not just a trivial origin story of the Kingsman agency.
    I loved that "The King's Man" is not just another trivial origin story, made to keep the franchise alive. I liked the two previous chapters very much, but I think that this is the best one. It is way more mature not only for the plot, but also for the images that are shown. The film is loosely based on historical facts and it shows the unnecessary cruelty of the war. There are a few truly heartbreaking moments that are completely unexpected. As per tradition, there is a small dose of funny moments here and there to keep the mood light in some instances, but the general tone is serious. The result is a well balanced movie with excellent storytelling: it was about time to bring this franchise to the next level. Characters are properly developed and I really cared for them: I loved the father-son relationship between Orlando and Conrad. It was intense, had lots of highs and lows and was believable. The supportive roles of Shola and Polly had the right amount of screen time. Moreover, they added depth and value to the story. The fact that screenwriters created a standalone story that does not have any immediate ties or indirect references to the previous pictures is quite commendable. I do not need to watch the two previous films, by wasting unnecessary time, in order to understand what was going on screen. This for me is an achievement, considering the latest entertainment industry trends, when it comes to franchises.

    The photography is competent and creative. The quality of fighting scenes keep to be very high and the stunts actions are well choreographed. The CGI looks proper for a production of this size and some effects are peculiar. Nothing jaw dropping but I have enjoyed it for sure. If you have loved the previous two "Kingsman", I am pretty sure that you will like this one as well. In case you are completely new to the movies, this is the perfect introduction, and I am pretty sure that it will push you to watch the rest.
  • wjbond-68275 - 26 November 2022
    I really enjoyed it
    This film was one that I've been waiting for and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed the first two films and this prequel was just as good as I had hoped. The acting was superb and it was engaged throughout, I particularly enjoyed that there was a hit to another prequel film in the end credits scene. The film provoked real emotion in me and i liked that there were subtle references to the original films, without it being rubbed in my face and overplayed. It was a much more serious film than the originals, therefore i can understand why there may not be such a positive response but don't be put off by other reviews. If you enjoy a watching something with plenty of drama then this will be perfect for you. It will most defiantly be a film that i would watch again.
  • amca1960 - 22 November 2022
    It's OK, but not up to the other films
    This film would make a better standalone film as a part of the Kingsman series. My partner, who hadn't seen the other films, liked it very much. I have seen the other films, and although I quite liked this one, I couldn't help compare it unfavourably to the previous two. This film lacks the madcap inventiveness and pizzazz of the other films, and seems to be lacking also in the cinematic wit that was such a part of the others.

    Part of the problem is using WWI as a sort of framing device. There is nothing funny about this conflict - one of the bloodiest in history - and so there is an immediate hamper on the amount of fun that the film can contain. It becomes more serious, and more measured in tone.

    Another problem was the use of the villain, "The Shepherd", with his Scottish accent, which made him sound more like a small-time stand-over crook than a global criminal mastermind. Try as I might, I simply couldn't take him seriously.

    The film is not without good things, though. Rhys Ifans' portrayal of Grigory Rasputin is utterly superb, and the scene in which Rasputin fights with diabolical energy and malice, is brilliant. (In consequence, a later fight scene with The Shepherd is drawn-out and dull). Ralph Fiennes plays a very good hero, showing both a menacing silence, and occasional excellent action sequences. He is very ably partnered by Gemma Arterton as Polly and Djimon Hounsou as Shola. Charles Dance does a very fine Lord Kitchener.

    I didn't realize until afterwards that Tom Hollander played all three rulers of England, Germany and Russia: King George, Kaiser Wilhelm and Tsar Nicholas. This is a treat for lovers of facial hair. Excellent moustaches abound (also on the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand).

    The film has enough action and movement to carry its own weight, and simply as a standalone film, it's highly watchable, if not without flaws. But I think it is a weak addition to the Kingsman series.