films seen
7
average score
2.92*
nationality
UK - 51 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The good stuff

Kick-ass

by Matthew Vaughn
2010 / 117m - USA
Action
Kick-ass poster

Even if you don't like superheroes, even if you don't like the nerdy overtones, hell, even if you don't give a damn about the whole setup, Kick-Ass is still a pretty cool film.

Layer Cake

by Matthew Vaughn
2004 / 105m - UK
Crime, Comedy
Layer Cake poster

Fun and quirky crime flick that thrives on its Britishness. It's a bit Ritchie-light at times, but Vaughn does his very best to keep things stylish and entertaining. A solid performance by Daniel Craig, some great secondary actors and plenty of visual flair make sure this film was still a lot of fun the second time around.

The inoffensive

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

by Matthew Vaughn
2017 / 141m - UK
Action, Adventure, Comedy
3.0*/5.0*
Kingsman: The Golden Circle poster

Amusing sequel that's a bit bolder and over-the-top compared to the original. Like most sequels though, it's also a bit more predictable. Still, all the actors are clearly having fun with their parts, the setting is daft yet interesting and Vaughn has enough directing chops to keep the film from losing steam. A pleasant diversion, everything a good blockbuster should be.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

by Matthew Vaughn
2014 / 129m - UK
Action, Comedy
3.0*/5.0*
Kingsman: The Secret Service poster

Worthy but flawed

The King's Man

by Matthew Vaughn
2021 / 131m - UK
Action, Thriller
2.5*/5.0*
The King's Man poster

The third and let's hope final entry in the Kingsman series. This time we're getting a prequel/origin story, but it's clear the franchise is running out of steam. While there are some decent moments that help to set the film apart from the average blockbuster, it's not enough to keep up with the earlier films.

When Orlando's wife is shot down in front of his little boy Conrad, he promises her he'll protect him from the terrors of war. Conrad grows up a fine man, but when another war breaks out he wants to serve his country. Orlando won't have it, and takes the boy on a covert mission to save Britain.

There are some decent action scenes and the cast of campy characters is fun enough, but this ended up being a pretty simple film with way too much padding that overstays its welcome. A shorter and punchier version would've been quite a bit better. Not a horrible film, but Vaughn can do so much better.

Dubious filler

X-Men: First Class

by Matthew Vaughn
2011 / 131m - USA
Action, Sci-fi
2.0*/5.0*
X-Men: First Class poster

Stardust

by Matthew Vaughn
2007 / 127m - UK
Adventure, Fantasy
2.0*/5.0*
Stardust poster