It's been a long while since a movie of this genre satisfied so much with wit and joy. My love for spy films and logic for climax is so unmistakable that I couldn't help but be swept up in it. Every character, every frame, and nearly every line of dialogue is delivered with glee. It's brash and bold and full of cheek. From the beginning, you'd want to take sides with both the hero and the villain! And what more, in the end we also get to see the part of the villain winning (which is a strictly no go area according to movie formula),making it one of the riskiest mainstream movie productions.
And it's no copycat. Nearly every spy thriller cliche is turned on its head here and milked for maximum amusement. (A sequence unveiling all the secret weaponry is a pleasure.) The plot is somewhat original, and interesting, and the stars are great. That said, a few points off for saddling the villainous (and enjoyable) Jackson with a lisp -- it's a cheap shot -- and for the constant (albeit cartoonish) violence that enjoys itself a little too much. The mayhem is over the top, and Vaughn(director) relies too much on the slo-mo. And there's a crass joke at a princess' expense that feels like nothing more than sexist junk. But look past these issues, and you'll have a grand old time at the movies.