An AAFCA Conversation with Djimon Hounsou, The King’s Man

Over the 2021 holidays, the film The King’s Man was released into theaters.  The film is about how The Kingsman organization was formed.

British aristocrat Orlando, Duke of Oxford (Ralph Fiennes), is a war hero turned pacifist. He has decided that instead of fighting in the war, he and his family would better help by working with the British Red Cross Society. While visiting a concentration camp with his wife, son, and servant Shola (Djimon Hounsou) snipers fire on the camp and kill his wife.

After that, he wants nothing at all to do with war or military, or so he says. He has formed, with the help of Shola and Polly (Gemma Arterton), he forms an undercover organization to receive collect information to keep the British Empire out of the impending war.

Of course, there is a villain who is determined to bring the British Empire, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Russia into a great War.

The story unfolds with lots of action, emotions, and intrigue.  However, I found the film taking a long road to get to the destination. Sometimes you aren’t sure which direction it was going or why.

That being said the performances were superb. My favorites to mention are Rhys Ifans as Grigori Rasputin. He is funny, odd, and has the best fight scenes in the film.  He kept my interest every time he appeared on the screen. Another one of my favorites was Tom Hollander who play three completely different roles as King George / Percival, Kaiser Wilhelm, and Tsar Nicholas. He was amazing.  Last but not least by any means Djimon Hounsou in the role of the “Servant/Spy” Shola. 

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), of which I am a proud member, had a roundtable conversation regarding the film and his role as Shola.

Click below to view the interesting conversation.

My rating of The King’s Man is 3 and a half winks of the EYE!

Until Next time, keep your EYE to the Sky!

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