The King’s Man is a return to the Kingsman franchise that began in 2014. That year, Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L. Jackson turned the dull February movie month into a delightful surprise. After a disappointing sequel in 2017 which took the wind out of the sails of the franchise, a third film was later green lit; a prequel set to take place in the early 1900s.
Ralph Fiennes headlines the cast as the Duke of Oxford. He will be working against a sort of historical Ministry of Evil as the time’s worst malevolent rulers gather to create a war that’ll kill millions. Based on the trailer, the Duke will be the tutor of Conrad, played by Harris Dickinson. Part of his training will be done with Djimon Hounsou’s character, Neil Kenlock.
Matthew Vaughn is back directing this third installment and there is no denying his unique style is going to reign supreme again. The slow-motion shot of the soldiers getting mowed down in no man’s land outside the trenches AND a massive human propulsion from an over-the-top explosion in the trailer…that is the exact type of action audiences have come to expect. Also, is that a dancing Rasputin wielding a sword in the latter moments of the trailer?
One other nugget from the trailer. “That nobility never came from chivalry.” – This line sticks out. It is in direct contrast to the tagline for Kingman: The Secret Service, “Manners maketh man.” It appears that Fiennes is playing a more hard-nosed tutor than that of Colin Firth in the two previous franchise installments. Will we see the iteration of the “Manners maketh man” motto?
The King’s Man is set to be released on February 14, 2020. Can you imagine a better Valentine’s Day date?