Run time: 131 mins
Yet another pandemic-delayed movie, Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman prequel finally lands in rip-roaring style.
As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions, the world’s only independent intelligence agency gathers its finest assets in an attempt to put a stop to global tyranny. Against the backdrop of the First World War, Orlando Oxford (Fiennes) and his protégé Conrad face off against Rasputin and his evil-doers and a perilous mission to save the humanity ensues.
Lead by a kick-ass ensemble of actors, it’s a ridiculous amount of fun. Ralph Fiennes is the head of the pack, calm and assure. Gemma Arterton packs a punch as Polly, the matriarch of the Oxford household while Charles Dance fleshes out the backdrop of war as Lord Kitchener. However it’s a show-stealing Rhys Ifans who hams it up to levels of wonder as Rasputin to pinch the film.
Originally scheduled for release in November 2019, it’s been well worth the wait. Building on the the success of its predecessors, The King’s Man takes the franchise to bolder and better heights. (Chris Coetsee)