IGN: In Kingsman: The Secret Service, director Matthew Vaughn once again proves that he excels in taking well-established -- one might even say tired -- genres and tropes and reenergizing them with his patented blend of wit, reverence for what has come before, and hyper-violence.
Adapted from the comic series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, Kingsman is a paean to the super-spy movie, but with a specific eye towards modernizing the gadget-crazed, Very British variation on the kind. Yes, bulletproof umbrellas and watches that shoot amnesia darts are back in vogue thanks to Vaughn and co-scripter Jane Goldman, and you’ll love them for it. Of course, who can be surprised that the director -- the guy who sent the X-Men to the Mod 1960s in First Class -- would fixate on the stylings of the James Bond archetype? In Kingsman, it’s the suit that makes the agent as much as anything else.