The good stuff
Even if you don't like superheroes, even if you don't like the nerdy overtones, hell, even if you don't give a damn about the whole setup, Kick-Ass is still a pretty cool film.
Fun and quirky crime flick that thrives on its Britishness. It's a bit Ritchie-light at times, but Vaughn does his very best to keep things stylish and entertaining. A solid performance by Daniel Craig, some great secondary actors and plenty of visual flair make sure this film was still a lot of fun the second time around.
Amusing sequel that's a bit bolder and over-the-top compared to the original. Like most sequels though, it's also a bit more predictable. Still, all the actors are clearly having fun with their parts, the setting is daft yet interesting and Vaughn has enough directing chops to keep the film from losing steam. A pleasant diversion, everything a good blockbuster should be.
Worthy but flawed
The third and let's hope final entry in the Kingsman series. This time we're getting a prequel/origin story, but it's clear the franchise is running out of steam. While there are some decent moments that help to set the film apart from the average blockbuster, it's not enough to keep up with the earlier films.
When Orlando's wife is shot down in front of his little boy Conrad, he promises her he'll protect him from the terrors of war. Conrad grows up a fine man, but when another war breaks out he wants to serve his country. Orlando won't have it, and takes the boy on a covert mission to save Britain.
There are some decent action scenes and the cast of campy characters is fun enough, but this ended up being a pretty simple film with way too much padding that overstays its welcome. A shorter and punchier version would've been quite a bit better. Not a horrible film, but Vaughn can do so much better.