Sometimes the Origin story can be summed up by one word: Classism.
A tonally flailing, mess of a film. Great cast and interesting settings cannot save the fact that there are some really ill judged storylines and odd narrative cul-de-sacs with an undercurrent of classism, racism and sexism. Kinda icky.
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All The King's Men
Some actually interesting bits of history hiding in a stupid action film.
The action sequences are quite well done and sometimes elevate the film as a whole
This has a stellar cast and some of them seem to be having a great time.
The Queen's Gambit
It's a tonal mess, sometimes sombre sometimes goofy, almost always confused as hell.
The Lack of an "Eggsy" character makes this whole thing feel like a treatise on classism and peerage.
There are entire plot lines that go nowhere and ultimately derail the film completely.
“Manners may maketh the man” they say, or is it clothes? Or is it extreme wealth and inter-generational privilege and classism? Who can really be sure? When it comes to the mixed messaging and whiplash tone changes of the Kingsmen series of films, nobody is ever on solid ground. This prequel eschews the rags-to-riches storyline of the previous entries and jumps in with both feet into the action/adventure filled lives of the upper crust of Europe. No likeable, scrappy kids from the street here; it’s all Lords and Ladies, Kings and Queens.
Dion and Jill partner up with Quinny and Peta to decide which ones are the snobby toffs and which are the working-class (but salt of the earth) “staff”. And in the end their main fight comes down to whether or not to use or misuse Boney-M in an action sequence.
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