Reviews got crazy on my Bond marathon. Trying to reel it in and be more like a normal person. Failing
When you go to an action/adventure comic book spy movie like Kingsman, you sort of expect some degree of fun which this film seems mostly incapable of delivering. So much of this movie is plot, jumping around over the years from location to location to cover the entirety of their alternate history of the first world war that you never feel like you get the chance to settle into the story and the characters. The fact that this is even a Kingsman movie at all feels like a complete afterthought.
Makes an interesting decision to focus on a single week behind the scenes of I Love Lucy - spanning the creation of a single episode - but basically completely undercuts it with an unnecessary and stodgy framing device, and a series of thinly connected flashbacks. Of course, none of the issues compare to the simple fact that Kidman and Bardem are miscast, and frankly both bad in the main roles this film revolves around, despite both being typically solid performers.
Tricky combination of perhaps one too many elements, where the overly fantastical Jack Kirby concepts and grounded myth making don't quite mix cleanly with the usual Marvel superheroing. There's more than a few times where it seems like it's going to turn into something really unique and eccentric, but it never fully commits. That said, there's a lot of interesting ideas being played with here, far more than in your usual Marvel film. Where the movie mainly trips up is…
A sequel to a Kubrick classic 39 years later really has no right being this good. The Shining never struck me as the kind of film that needed or should ever have a sequel, but this works surprisingly well, not the least of which because it's mostly telling its own story, with its own characters, concepts, and themes (of course, being based off a book by the original author helps). And then when it finally does get into sequel territory,…