The first film was a hoot. This one was more of a shoot.
As long as you're fine with the fact that violence is a big fat joke, and Colin Firth's recovery from violence isn't a big fat joke, you won't be offended by installment one or two.
The first was understated - to a degree - and when overstated explained it away through comparisons to James Bond films - very cleverly in the coup de grâce from Samuel L to Colin F. There's irony all the way through the first film.
This is my theory on casting, as pitched to the actor's agents:
"Look guys, our first film made $400 million worldwide but only about a $100 million in America, so we're going to set the next one in America, and it will do double the business. Our idea is to stack it full of big-name stars, and we'll give a bonus of 1% of box office gross in the U.S. on every ticket sold. How many days can I get with <insert star's name > for $1 million plus 1% of gross?
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