Matthew Vaughn attempts to be superior to his former self as 20th Century Fox (Disney?) has released the teaser trailer for the Kingsman prequel, The King’s Man. Set during World War I, The King’s Man tells the story of how the Kingsman organization was formed. Directed by Vaughn, as the previous Kingsman movies were, The King’s Man stars Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Arterton, Stanley Tucci, Charles Dance, Rhys Ifans, Tom Hollander, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and releases on February 14, 2020. Check out the teaser trailer for The King’s Man below:
In and of itself, it’s a good trailer. The King’s Man looks to maintain the visual flair of the Kingsman movies, there appears to be action aplenty, and the cast is wonderful. I also like the music, with the classy twangs giving way to a more exciting musical piece, reflecting the nature of Kingsman. But I’m wary of this being a prequel. Do we really need to see how Kingsman was established over an entire movie? Wasn’t the little bit Colin Firth told us in the first one enough? Part of what makes the Kingsman organization so interesting is the mysterious nature of it; we discover new things about it in bits and pieces as needed. If we watch the formation in total, what’s to wonder about anymore? Moreover, it looks like The King’s Man will be following the same plot as Kingsman: The Secret Service, with Ralph Fiennes bringing plucky youth Harris Dickinson into the Kingsman fold, which could make this feel like a retread on top of a story that didn’t need to be told. I hope for the best, of course, and maybe The King’s Man will show us something different. The villain looks a little more threatening than either of the previous ones, which will be a welcome change of pace if it pans out; I don’t think either Samuel L. Jackson’s lispy computer nerd or Julianne Moore’s sweet-as-pie muffin lady worked. I understand they were supposed to be subversions of the typical Bond villain, but ultimately neither of them were intimidating enough to feel like real threats. Jackson did a pretty monumentally evil thing in The Secret Service, but as soon as he started talking again, the menace melted away. If nothing else, maybe The King’s Man will be a fun spy movie, and in that case, I’ll be happy.
What did you think of the teaser trailer for The King’s Man? Are you excited for the movie? Did Julianne Moore’s muffins of doom scare you? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to Geeks + Gamers for more movie news!