Considering how poor 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' was, it's intriguing to see how Matthew Vaughn has effectively pushed the reset button on the whole franchise.
What's more, this trailer for 'The King's Man' gives it a steampunk swashbuckler vibe and, to be quite honest, it actually works. The overtly stylised, over-the-top theatrics of the first two movies barely sat together, but placing it into World War I-era Europe seems like a natural fit.
Not only that, throwing in eyebrow arches from the likes of Ralph Fiennes, 'Game of Thrones' alum Charles Dance, Tom Wallander and casting Rhys Ifans as Rasputin is a perfect statement of intent. The slow-mo action sequences, which Vaughn's compatriot Guy Ritchie used so well in 'Sherlock Holmes', is on display here and you've also got Djimon Honsou and Gemma Arterton in there as well.
Jolly good show. 'The King's Man' arrives in Irish cinemas on February 14th. Here's the trailer.