Director Matthew Vaughn blends fact with fiction in The King’s Man, a highly enjoyable prequel and third outing in The Kingsman franchise.

The plot, while slightly ludicrous but a lot of fun, sees Orlando, Duke of Oxford (Ralph Fiennes) and his son Conrad (Harris Dickson) becoming mixed up in various events prior to and during World War 1. The main plot sees him tackling with Rasputin (Rhyus Ifans) The Mad Monk who is conspiring with a mad faceless Scotsman (in case you’re worried he does have a face but his identity his hidden until a Scooby-doo reveal at the end) to change the course of World War 1 and bring independence to Scotland.

The plan to stop the mad monk involves a poisoned Bakewell tart prepared by Poly (Gemma Arterton), the Oxford’s nanny who also doubles as a spy in her spare time and who is in charge of the Oxford’s spy network that’s made up of maids and butlers in various powerful people’s homes across the world, I did say that it was ludicrous.

Vaughn peppers his film with a number of exciting set pieces, each one more elaborate than the one before, a terrific scene set in the battlefields of The Great War gives the set pieces in Sam Mendes 1917 a run for their money whilst the ending set on a mountain top is spectacular.

After the awful Kingsman: Golden Circle (1917) Vaughn has managed to breathe new life into a franchise that looked dead on its feet, The King’s Man might not be the most accurate history lesson that you’ll ever get but it sure is a hell of a lot of fun. Don’t Miss


The King's Man

Director: Matthew Vaugh
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, Charles Dance

UK Release:  Cinemas
26th December 2021, Digital 9th February 4K, Blu-ray & DVD 21st February 2022,