Trailer: “The King’s Man” (Special Look)

I’m immediately concerned about this trailer. On the one hand, there is a challenge for studios to rebuild interest in products delayed during the pandemic, on the other, it never feels like a great sign when promotions for a movie lean into footage from other installments, especially when the producers seem to confuse shots matching and repeating across films as a GOOD thing. That being said, I’ve never felt a lack of originality in Matthew Vaughn’s distinct style:

The cast is stacked with Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, Charles Dance, and Rhys Ifans. It tells the origin story of the titular ‘Secret Service’ based on comic books from Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons (Wanted, Watchmen, Kick-Ass, and many Marvel and DC titles).

From 20th Century Studios, ‘The King’s Man’ is directed by Matthew Vaughn and will be released December 22nd, 2021.

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