It’s not often someone makes the move from a film producer and into directing, and if they ever did it would unlikely be good films that they make. Sure it goes the other way round, such as directors starting out as producers on their own films, or going on to produce other peoples films or their own later in life, but never a straight up producer directing.
Which is exactly what Matthew Vaughn has done in his career, having produced Guy Ritchie’s first three films, Lock Stock, Snatch, and Swept Away, as well as two other features, before making his directional debut with Layer Cake in 2004. Since then he’s moved on up, with Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and now this film, Kingsman: The Secret Service.
I didn’t know much about this film before going in, other than the fact the trailer looked pretty badass, and that it was based on a graphic novel series. So knowing it already looked pretty sweet from the trailer, and that the comic elements could take it in an interesting way, I was glad to see the film lived up to both things.
I really did love this film, from its hyper real fight scenes, spy gadget awesomeness, right on the money comedic tone, and generally everything else. There were a couple scenes that weren’t 100% on the money, and some of the CG is a bit off, but the main thing I took away from the film was that I could easily sit down and watch it again straight away. Also, bring on the sequels, as they created an interesting world, that I’m sure has massive amounts of room to grow into.
9 out of 10 from me!!!