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Offline westendboy

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Netflix: Kingdom (2019)
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:24 »


Kingdom is the first best thing we have seen on the TV series front this year. It’s early days but I am pretty sure it will feature strongly in my end-of-the-year Best List. But some context first.

Prior to watching this we saw Rampant, also a Korean period zombie movie set in the Joseon Dynasty. This one bored us to death. It made us so sleepy that we turned in at 1030pm. That NEVER happens.

Then we gave Netflix’s Kingdom a whirl because I read that it is written by Kim Eun-hee who wrote the compelling Signal (2016), one of the best things that happened that year. A few minutes into it we realised the story is practically the same as Rampant - court intrigue, some power hungry scumbag wants to rule the kingdom, a prince who is still wet behind his ears; all this right smack in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. But the similarities end there.

Kingdom does everything right. The humour never feels forced, characters lift off the screen and those damn zombies are the killer. The great zombie movies always know how to capture a microcosm of society, from the cowards to the heroes, and make it fun. Kingdom has that in spades. Every episode shows you the basest of human behaviour and also the best.

The visuals are great. The locations are stunning. The zombies are incredible to behold. The premise of how they come to be is horrific. To tell you more is to spoil the fun for you.

I enjoyed the crown prince’s arc. Like the prince in Rampant, he gradually learns the ways of a good king by caring for the weakest and developing a mind of a military strategist.

The scenes of zombie carnage are superbly setup and shot. Pathos is never in short supply and unlike Rampant we actually care for the characters here.

However, the zombies rightfully take centrestage. The physics of their movement, the singularity of their feral desire and their physical look, all outstanding.

There are only 6 episodes in the first season and it ends with a cliffhanger that gives the saturated genre a good kick in the butt. Season 2 can’t come fast enough.

You know I can’t recommend Rampant at all, but watching it before you see Kingdom will teach you how everything can go wrong even if you have an amazing story premise. Then you will begin to understand and marvel at the mechanics in the crafting of a good zombie entertainer.

This year we have already seen two awesome zombie films, the first being One Cut of the Dead. In a genre so tired, these two gave it a much needed adrenaline shot, which is practically a miracle.

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Re: Netflix: Kingdom (2019)
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2019, 12:41 »
Watching this in dubbed English is even more of a horror. The dialogue sounded so stilted and it sets the Asian race back to the 1900s.  ;D
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Re: Netflix: Kingdom (2019)
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2019, 18:41 »
Loved this....and i am proud to say, I beat you to it :D
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Re: Netflix: Kingdom (2019)
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2019, 11:57 »
When is Ep 7 coming, can't tahan the cliff hanger.  ;D


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Re: Netflix: Kingdom (2019)
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2019, 00:44 »
Wholeheartedly agree with you review. For me, I watched Kingdom first before Rampant. I was hopeful that Rampant will turn out as good as Kingdom but it disappointed.

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Re: Netflix: Kingdom (2019)
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2019, 16:22 »
Just finished watching Ep6 of Kingdom with my wife.....fantastic series. Can't wait for Ep7

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Re: Netflix: Kingdom (2019)
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2019, 16:39 »
I will wait until Season 2 is launched before watching. Not worth watching just 6 episodes and then have to wait for a year to watch another 6 episodes.  ::)
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Re: Netflix: Kingdom (2019)
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2019, 19:36 »
Loved it as well. I think there are only 6 episodes in Season 1.

Yes, the wait for Season 2 is going to be long as it is only starting production in Feb 2019.

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Re: Netflix: Kingdom (2019)
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2019, 16:48 »
Watched due to this thread, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for the write-up westendboy. :)