Anyone who has seen Kingsman: The Secret Service will know just how exhilarating and plain-old entertaining it is. Matthew Vaughn eschewed the modern trend of taking a mature approach to the blockbuster, and instead glittered it with over-the-top flair and visuals.

The acclaim and box office that Kingsman has received suggests that audiences have been pining to return to this trend, too. But Matthew Vaughn didn’t reinvent the wheel with Kingsman. Far from it. In fact, Vaughn’s inspiration and influences were blasted across the screen, and it speaks volumes that despite these obvious tips of the hat, Kingsman: The Secret Service still felt fresh and original.

But which directors clearly influenced Matthew Vaughn’s work on Kingsman: The Secret Service? Well, to start with, here are the six most obvious.

Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino’s influence on Matthew Vaughn has been apparent since Kick-Ass. However, while most impressionable filmmakers are influenced by the likes of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs from Tarantino’s oeuvre, Vaughn has instead taken inspiration from his latter work, especially Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained.

Like Tarantino, Vaughn is willing to push his on-screen violence to the extreme (which was obvious in Kingsman: The Secret Service as soon as Jack Davenport’s Lancelot was cut down the middle from head to toe). But, alongside his regular screenwriting partner Jane Goldman, he also likes to pepper his screenplay with profanity, which is used correctly and brings an edge and hipness to the proceedings.

But where Vaughn actually eclipses Tarantino is that he never loses focus of the film’s aim, which means he doesn’t stray into pretension or self-indulgence and keeps his films lean and well edited. Which is why he’s just like this other filmmaker …

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