Director: Matthew Vaughn. Cast: Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Mark Hamill. 129 min. Rated R. UK. Action/Comedy.
In a post-Austin Powers era, when we've been robbed of old James Bond cheesy fun, such a movie was so much needed. It's an action treat not only showcasing the beauty of British class (as opposed to the stark contrast of Samuel Jackson's American sloppiness), but also spicing up the genre with eye-popping violence, perpetrated by of all people, Colin Firth (whom strangely, I enjoyed for the first time!). With numerous Star Wars references (master-apprentice relations, Hamill's presence, Guinness' name on the walls, princess saved from dungeon, etc. ...), this is a rare film I'd love to see starting a franchise.
PS: More on Matthew Vaughn's love for Star Wars here.
PPS: Thank you, Mohi and Peter. I almost waited this one out till its DVD arrival.