No matter if he’s working stateside or east of the Atlantic where he was raised, Matthew Vaughn’s keenly British sensibilities rarely falter in delivering the best in mid-budget entertainment. Though his accessible talents seem to have primed him for handing the biggest of blockbuster ventures, the financial disappointment of his biggest (and best) film X-Men: First Class left him with his current command of the Kingsman franchise.
Despite middling returns in the US, the Kingsman films have done well thanks to overseas box office numbers, providing a stepping-stone to the Man of Steel sequel should everything unfold properly. Vaughn’s buoyant touch would be a refreshing tonic in contrast to the color-muted destruction of that 2013 Superman film, but whatever Vaughn’s next project – a third Kingsman would be rather welcome – that movie is bound to be enjoyable. Here’s the list of top Mathew Vaughn movies.
6. Stardust (2007)
Based on the Neil Gaiman novel from 1999, Stardust softened the darker edges of its source material into something closely resembling The Princess Bride. Fantasy-light to a tee, Stardust is a yarn worth wasting an evening on thanks to the good-humored tone and its fairly stacked cast. Charlie Cox and Claire Danes make for decent romantic leads as they act opposite an impressive supporting cast that includes Mark Strong, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Peter O’Toole. Stardust is the least characteristic of Vaughn’s overall style and yet the B-movie whimsy is mildly infectious in its own way. At best Stardust established the beginning of a fruitful screenwriting partnership between Vaughn and Jane Goldman.