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The King’s Man Review

A blessing in disguise to see that the coronavirus pandemic had delayed The King’s Man from ever releasing properly. It was a sign of just how poor the quality of this latest Matthew Vaughn-directed piece was. It was not dumped online, so the faith producers had in this one to do well at the cinemas was either a misguided shakedown or a bit of tough love to throw at audiences just returning to the big screen. Either way, the dwindling quality of the Kingsman franchise has the enviable consistency that makes it simple to chart. The newer the release, the worse it is. That much can be said for the lifeless but mildly entertaining romps to be had with The King’s Man, a feature that, like the predecessors, relies on the big cast and the bigger events they find themselves thrown into.  

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John Adams Review

Some are born to bear the brunt of the biopic. Director Tom Hooper made a name for himself with the application of camera to history, and he did it well. The King’s Speech was solid work, and his turn to musicals with Les Misérables still offered the period piece iconography that had turned his work into something mesmerising and, crucially, entertaining. John Adams falls to the former, its mesmerising achievement here is capturing the story of the eponymous founding father. His rise to the presidency and inability to rise even higher. Detractions and deductions pave the road of Adams’ life, and with Paul Giamatti in the titular role, the core of this miniseries is complete. It is the perfect rendition of a life spent in government.

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The Night Manager Review

Inevitably sleek and sophisticated, The Night Manager marks the unavoidable adaptation of John le Carré’s novel of the same name. Stretched across six episodes clocking in at near enough an hour each, there is no better way to tell this story of secret agents, government conspiracies and arms dealers than through the host that is Tom Hiddleston. He and fellow executive producer Hugh Laurie do much of the heavy lifting throughout an adaptation that starts off with a relatively placid approach and continues such a perspective the whole way through. What could have been an entertaining thriller that weaves arcs and angles together is instead a rather expected, underwhelming affair with criminals and convicts.

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