Manners have gone out the window as 20th Century Studios – which is no longer 20th or 21st Century Fox because it’s property of the Magic Kingdom now – has released a red band trailer for The King’s Man. A prequel to the wacky Kingsman spy series based on Mark Millar’s comic books, The King’s Man shows the formation of the Kingsman organization, a private British intelligence apparatus. As with the previous two films in the series, The King’s Man is directed by Matthew Vaughn; it stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Djimon Hounsou, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, and Daniel Brühl, among others. After moving around the release board even before the lockdowns, The King’s Man will hit theaters on December 22, 2021. The red band King’s Man trailer cannot be embedded, so you have to watch it on YouTube.
Well, somebody saw The Suicide Squad a few weeks ago. I’m kidding, but it’s funny that the red band King’s Man trailer plays up the mishmash of silliness and bloody violence so quickly after James Gunn’s movie arrived. (Although looking at the box office, I think we can call it a coincidence.) It does, however, seem more in line with the tone of the Kingsman movies than the previous trailer did, which is good or bad depending on how you feel about its predecessors. Personally, while I enjoyed Kingsman: The Secret Service (The Golden Circle was meh), I thought the tonal shifts were jarring and hurt the movie, which couldn’t decide if it wanted to be a serious – if fantastical – spy film or a zany comedy. This is true of a lot of movies nowadays; action-comedies used to be balanced better, with humor that didn’t detract from the tension of the action scenes or the plot. Now, it feels like they’re all trying to top each other in their tonal dichotomy, and it rarely works anymore. Seeing that first trailer, I was hoping The King’s Man would be a bit more grounded (for a movie with Rasputin as the bad guy), but I guess that isn’t happening. But that’s okay; I love the cast, and I like the idea of them going up against Rasputin, so I’m willing to see if the balance works better this time.
What did you think of the red band King’s Man trailer? Do you like this movie series? Are we going to see the Kaiser eating McDonald’s at a royal feast? Let us know in the comments and stick around Geeks + Gamers for more movie news!