A Pleasant (and Funny) Surprise
Matthew Vaughn is a talented director and he has a talented cast at his disposal in telling this entertaining adventure story. The film has a definite "Princess Bride" attitude to it - a mixture of visuals and action-adventure style fight scenes and sarcastic and witty humor. Robert De Niro is the scene-stealer for me, in a role that is reminiscent of the crazy character he played in Gilliam's Brazil - so far out of the Bobby De Niro box that it's a fun and fresh departure for the actor. In all, I definitely went in expecting a by-the-books costume adventure and came out enjoying the movie a great deal.