When Matthew Vaughn announced in 2018 that a prequel to the Kingsman story would be set in the early 1900s, I didn’t imagine the outcome would be anything like The King’s Man.
All the excitement of the new style of espionage, comedy and dark-joke films that had been attached to the Kingsman saga that I know, suddenly turned boring and far-fetched in The King’s Man.
Thus, The King’s Man seems to be just a means to increase the coffers compared to developing the story of the Kingsman franchise which has been successful through the previous two films.
This can be seen from the weight of the problems behind the establishment of the Kingsman organization which is narrated in The King’s Man. The noble intention of the Kingsman organization known in the previous two saga is narrated only from the will of a father to his child.
Actually, the premise could be something more valuable, but Matthew Vaughn doesn’t seem to execute it well enough to make it seem trivial and far-fetched.
Vaughn should stick to the atmosphere that was created in the previous Kingsman, not as if following a typical espionage film so as to appear to want to compete with the James Bond franchise.
In Kingsman: The Secret Service, which was released in 2014, the new Kingsman agent character named Eggsy (Taron Egerton) immediately became the center of attention and became iconic.
The action comedy genre film is almost perfect to revive espionage films, which mostly only sell suspenseful action and sexual romance with female leads.
Not surprisingly, after starring in the film, Taron Egerton’s name shone even more until he was lined up as Elton John in the film Rocketman. Director Matthew Vaughn even raised the level of dark jokes in the second film, Kingsman: The Golden Circe (2017). The potion successfully left an impression on the audience.
Unfortunately, Vaugn seems to have forgotten the concoction so that The King’s Man ends up being boring, lacking a touch of humor, and no different from espionage films in general.
It’s true that The King’s Man has a connection with Kingsman: The Secret Service, but the connection is somewhat insignificant when compared to the majority of narratives in this prequel.
Matthew Vaughn is too focused on the story of World War I, complete with the strife between the nobles that triggered the event, as well as the emotional turmoil of a father who doesn’t want his son to go to war.
Vaughn even seems to forget to detail how Kingsman formed and developed until the final stages. Whereas as a prequel film that was the beginning of the establishment of the Kingsman agency, Matthew Vaughn should have explored the agency and the process of change from time to time more deeply.
Even though I came out of the cinema, I still didn’t understand the ins and outs of the Kingsman agency, at least I finally got to know the story behind the codes that are familiar to fans of this saga.
In addition, a number of secrets related to the Kingsman Tailor Shop also become an interesting treat from The King’s Man. Not to mention the element of fashion in the form of an elegant suit typical of the previous two saga is also still maintained.
But still, The King’s Man should be able to tell a more interesting early story than the journey of this new style of espionage agency. The King’s Man movie can be seen in theaters since December 22, 2021
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