The 2017 movie Kingsman: Golden Circle gets it wrong again, and yet, it has so many critical new features we need to review these.
This movie has the capacity to inspire massive innovations, so it would be quite realistic to expect Disney / 20th Century Fox to also finance prosthetic arm development of their vision of what could be.
This then would not be new. Prosthetic industries seem to run after science-fiction role models, with the following examples:
- Luke Arm [link]
- Deus Ex Machina arm [link]
Now, this Kingsman: The Golden Circle movie features an amputee, just as the first Kingsman: The Secret Service movie did. There, a leg amputee was featured whereas here, we have an arm amputee with us.
Stereotypically, the arm amputee, again, is the villain.
Stereotypically, the arm amputee lacks assertion, self assertion or expression of relevant emotions, and ever so stereotypically, the arm amputee villain is killed in due process of the storyline.
Stereotypically as well, the actor himself is not an amputee - which, from view point of directing or producing and surely watching this movie, is definitely wrong. A movie industry that cannot rely on amputee actors for amputee roles clearly defies its purpose on more than one level.
However, one cannot say that lack of authenticity with respect to the amputee character is a valid point of critique in this Kingsman film. This is almost pure visual fairytale telling.
And despite all attempts to be ridiculous and detached from a real world, and despite the usual stereotypical placement of an arm amputee in this movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle has cool gadget features, that some day we want to see on real prosthetic arms.
So the movie deserves a close look from viewpoint of arm amputee prosthetics despite the usual concerns.