A Wickedly Creative Origin Story to the Kingsman Franchise

The King’s Man is a wickedly creative origin story that reimagines the cause of World War I. Matthew Vaughn, creator of the Kingsman franchise and director of all the films, gets zanier in the third installment. The film takes unscrupulous historical figures and allies them in an evil plot for maximum carnage. It swings wildly from violent to hysterical with gut punch surprises. There are truly shocking and unnerving twists. The King’s Man may bite off more than it can chew, but it’s an entertaining ride from start to finish.

In 1914 London, Lord Orlando Oxford (Ralph Fiennes), a decorated war hero who embraced pacifism, is approached by General Kitchener (Charles Dance) of the British military. Someone has been stoking vitriol between the cousins who run Europe’s most powerful countries. King George of The United Kingdom, Kaiser Wilhelm of Prussia, and Tsar Nicholas of Russia, all played superbly by Tom Hollander, are at each other’s throats. The English believe that the German and Russian primary advisors, Erik Jan Hanussen (Daniel Bruhl) and Grigori Rasputin (Rhys Ifans) are involved in a conspiracy.


Lord Oxford was keenly aware of Europe teetering on war. He’d long established a secret network of servants to keep tabs on the wealthy elite. His trusted maid (Gemma Arterton) and valet (Djimon Hounsou) spearhead the clandestine efforts. Lord Oxford decides to visit Russia with his son, Conrad (Harris Dickinson), to further investigate the mysterious hold Rasputin has on the Tsar. Conrad does not share his father’s beliefs. He’s chomping at the bit to fight “For King and Country.” The Oxford clan’s encounter with Rasputin stirs a hornet’s nest of treachery. A diabolical mastermind controls a web of infiltrators leading the world to bloody conflict.

The King’s Man WWI redux plot goes beyond wacky. Matthew Vaughn’s (Layer Cake, X-Men: First Class) versions of Rasputin and Mata Hari (Valerie Pachner) had me laughing out loud. Their flamboyance borders on the ridiculous. The laughs turn to gasps when blood starts to spurt from gaping wounds. The King’s Man, just like the previous iterations, is an insanely violent film. The action scenes vary from swashbuckling duels to huge battles. The mixture of comedy and slaughter continues to be a hallmark of the franchise. It veers overboard at times, but I think that’s the appeal. Rasputin’s ballet-inspired, dance-fighting pirouettes has to be seen to be believed.

I am an unabashed fan of Ralph Fiennes. He gets another chance to play a Bond-esque persona here. Fiennes camped it up as John Steed in the awful 90s, The Avengers remake. His turn as Lord Oxford is brilliant and sophisticated. The character has exceptional combat skills, but uses them only as a last resort. The relationship with his son and reason for pacifism becomes a central theme to the story. This subplot ends in an unexpected place. Fiennes brings eloquence, toughness, and heart to the film. The King’s Man is a production of Marv Studios. It will be released exclusively in theaters on December 22nd from 20th Century Studios.

James Cameron Shares The Hilarious Story Behind Aliens Text Only Poster

While Aliens is an action-packed blockbuster, the poster for James Cameron’s movie is the exact opposite, and there is a story behind the reason why.

Read Next

About The Author

Julian Roman
(1424 Articles Published)

Film critic, raconteur, praying for dolphins to grow thumbs and do better.

From Julian Roman

You can view the original article HERE.

Lily James reached out to Pam Anderson about ‘Pam & Tommy’
The Weeknd Teases a Trilogy of New Albums
Kanye West Wants to Meet Putin, Build Business Empire in Russia
David Adefeso Is Heading Home After A Great Time In His Paradisiac Vacay
The Beatles: Get Back – The Rooftop Concert to Be One Night IMAX Event
Creepy Archive 81 Wants to be Your Winter TV Obsession | TV/Streaming
Fatal Attraction Meets Misery in Savage Thriller
Willem Dafoe Believes Green Goblin Mask Criticism Influenced No Way Home Look
Listen to Poppy’s new song, ‘3.14’, written for her “sweet and mean” pet cat Pi
Mabel: ‘I’m just hoping that it’ll be another summer full of festivals’ – Music News
The Strokes reschedule NYE show to April with new Mac DeMarco support
Billie Eilish stands up for Charlie Puth amid alleged feud with Benny Blanco – Music News
How to Overcome Digital Inaccessibility in Sports-Based Business
Billups: Nets’ Irving ‘most skilled’ PG in history
Cricket Contests to Watch out for in 2022
Colorado Rapids are Looking Good for an MLS Cup Challenge
Peacemaker Score 90 Percent Rotten Tomatoes Score Ahead of Premiere
Hulu Renews The Great, Drops Dollface Season 2 Trailer
The Walking Dead Episode 10.3 Recap: The Whisperers Punish Alexandria
Joe Gatto Announces Comedy Tour After Impractical Jokers Exit
Best Abercrombie Jeans Trending on TikTok 2022
How to Wear What You Have
Daily News: Yara Shahidi’s First Campaign For Dior, Janet Jackson Covers Allure, What Olivier Roustein Really Thinks Of Emily In Paris, And More!
Best Straight-Leg Jeans For Women