The King’s Man excels in an action-packed adventure. However, it’s those slow-paced moments in between and the long runtime that can easily lose viewers. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
The King’s Man is dropping in theaters this Wednesday, December 22nd. The film is a prequel to the two Kingsman films, which center around a top-secret team of gentlemen spies, who have taken it upon themselves to keep the world safe. The spy film is packed with action and gives viewers major James Bond feels, although it is a bit more campy than the Bond franchise of films. In this prequel, director Matthew Vaughn, who directed the first two films of the franchise, sets his sights on this backstory entwined with a World War I theme. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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The King’s Man Rasputin Scene
The King’s Man Parents Guide
One man must race against time to stop history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds as they get together to plot a war that could wipe out millions of people and destroy humanity.
The King’s Man Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch The King’s Man.
Language: The King’s Man contains strong language, with profanity used throughout. Lookout words include: f*ck, sh*t, sh*te, b*stard, and more.
Mature Content: The biggest warning for parents in this film is the violent content. Some of the more violent scenes are graphic and include guns, shooting, sword fighting, hand-to-hand combat, drowning, explosions, dead bodies, disturbing scenes of war, and violence toward animals. There is the death of a parent and a son, which may be triggering for some viewers. The characters are shown consuming alcohol and getting drunk. There are also sexual innuendos and a scene showing a character seducing another character and implying oral sex.
The best part about The King’s Man movie is its action and suspenseful moments. Audiences get a taste of this in trailers, where viewers witness an epic fight scene, including Rasputin (Rhys Ifans), who is seen gracefully spinning as a ridiculous, yet amazingly choreographed, fight scene ensues. Director Matthew Vaughn goes for black comedy moments during some of the more serious scenes, which include deadly World War I battle sequences and clever camera angles, to deliver light moments to this more somber story. In turn, the dark comedy gives this spy thriller more of a campy overall tone than a sincere espionage flick.
The King’s Man is anything but predictable. In fact, some of the most impressive moments in the film are how cleverly the twists are incorporated into the plot. Vaughn does a terrific job of taking real-life historical events of World War I and including them in the story. Even some of the film shots are done specifically to recreate actual renowned historical photographs, further adding to the authenticity, and just shows the lengths to which Vaughn was willing to go to make this as believable as possible. This challenging feat brings a bit of fresh air to the franchise, and hooks in viewers interested in the time period. Fans of the series may not recognize many of the faces because this prequel takes place before the events of the other two films, but by the end, it is clear as the group adopts their monikers that will form The Kingsman we all know and love.It has become commonplace for franchises to break out of the sequel doldrums by offering up a prequel instead, thereby adding to the story in a different way than has been the standard for far too long in Hollywood. When they work out as well as The King’s Man does, it is safe to assume we may see many more of our beloved series going the same route.