The King's Man - The origins, review

The King's Man - The origins, review

The King's Man - The origins

The King's Man - The Origins is available today on Disney Plus for all subscribers at no additional cost.

Subscribe now to Disney + for € 8.99 per month or € 89.90 per year The King's Man - Origins is the third chapter of the entertaining saga of the Kingsman intelligence agency born from the comic of the same name by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, it takes us to the early 1900s to tell us about the birth of the group of English spies committed against a global conspiracy organized by the most dangerous of time, against the backdrop of the First World War.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn like the previous chapters Kingsman - Secret Service and Kingsman - The Golden Circle, but with a totally new cast and less light themes than these, will The King's Man - The Origins manage to replicate the great success of its predecessors? After listening to the experiences of the cast in the press conference, let's go to see in detail this new adventure of the agents born as a less serious alternative to James Bond's Spy-Movies.

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The King's Man - The origins

We are in the early 1900s and Europe is at the gates of what will be remembered as the bloodiest conflict in history, the First World War. Internal tensions are becoming increasingly worrying, above all due to relations between three great historical figures: Tsar Nicholas II Romanov, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and King George V of the United Kingdom, cousins ​​raised in the court of his grandmother Queen Victoria, and now to head of the 3 major European powers. Orlando Oxford, Duke of Oxford is an important figure of the English court and of the European political scene. Ex-British soldier now devoted to pacifism after having lived the consequences of the war on his skin, he has dedicated his life to protect his son Conrad, a seventeen year old boy who is burning with the desire to fight for his homeland, and not to be a coward in the eyes of society.

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The Cast

The King's Man - The origins brings to the screen a rich and talented cast, a completely new cast compared to the previous chapters as, as already mentioned, it is a prequel set almost 100 years before the first two chapters. The protagonists are Ralph Fiennes and Harris Dickinson, both of which work very well both in terms of physicality and for how they have developed the relationship between a son eager to grow up and a father marked by events who would like to protect him at any cost in an almost suffocating way. This particular family also includes the nanny Polly, played by Gemma Arterton, a strong and capable woman who must still maintain a more reserved status in the eyes of the society of the time. Same fate as Djimon Hounsou's role; his Shola is a bodyguard with very high fighting skills who, in the eyes of society, must show himself as a servant of the family, a role that still allows the actor to demonstrate once again how comfortable he is in action roles.

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Without anticipation, that have not already been seen in trailers and promotional posters, one of the main villains is the mad monk Grigorij Rasputin, and under the long greasy hair and messy beard is the actor Rhys Ifans, who has declared himself fascinated by the figure of the mystical adviser of the Romanov family since he was a child, and we can say that he managed to make this character already disturbing and fascinating of his already full of charm linked to the urban legends that see him as protagonist, like that of his death, and that over the years have made him something of a Rock star of the time. In the cast of King's Man - The Origins we also find Charles Dance, fabulous as in every interpretation, large or small, and Daniele Brühl, the Baron Zemo of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and who we also saw in the TV series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier on Disney +

The King's man - The origins vs Kingsman

The King's Man - The origins continues the trend already started with the previous chapters, that is to make less serious the Spy-Movie genre. The project was born precisely from a discussion between Mark Millar and director Matthew Vaughn about how the James Bond film had lost that charm of the first chapters to turn more and more on serious and dark themes. The main difference with the other films of the brand is that here that sense of student spirit has been greatly reduced; The King's Man - The Origins is a film full of action and deliberately exaggerated situations especially in the fights, but at the same time he is aware of how much the historical period in which it is set deserves the right respect and shows us many scenes directly through the eyes. of soldiers at the front engaged in a grueling trench warfare, a few meters from the enemy in the same conditions.

As for the purely action scenes, lovers of fighting will not be disappointed, given the wealth of clashes: duels of sword, bartitsu fights, English martial art that consists in fighting with the use of the stick or the umbrella, but in particular The King's Man - The origins gives us one of the fighting scenes that we would like to revisit indefinitely and that will see the protagonists collide with music and acrobatics.

The idea of ​​using historical facts and characters in the development of things is fun and to quote the words by the director, it's like seeing a punk version of the story we know from the books and it could be an interesting new course for the future of the series. The King's Man - The Origins is a funny film that must be seen for what it is, that is entertainment, without criticizing the vericity of the facts or actions that the various characters perform on the screen.

The King's man - The origins will arrive in Italian cinemas on January 5, 2022.

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