A film journalist that I follow on Twitter (his name escapes me just now) recently tweeted a question about sequels that have the biggest drop-off in quality from the first or preceding film. My contribution to that conversation would be Kick-Ass 2.
What the hell have they done to Kick-Ass!?
Jeff Wadlow has taken Matthew Vaughn's diamond and dragged it through a pig sty. Kick-Ass 2 is a woefully directed, shoddily written 'film' that transforms Hit-Girl from a kick-ass (pardon the pun) 10-year old femme-fatale into a complete basket case. It's at that point the film turns into a pale imitation of Mean Girls.
The writing is truly awful. Every character alternates between spouting crude, wannabe-Superbad insults and motivational quotes that would only be found on a 14-year old Belieber's Tumblr page.
Not even Aaron Taylor-Johnson being a total beefcake and doing one arm pull-ups can save this dreadful film.