Review: Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2 poster

When Kick-Ass came out in 2010 it stood out. It was a film based on a little known graphic novel about a boy who wanted to be a superhero, but who discovers he’s woefully unprepared and was also beaten to the punch by a young girl and her father. In the course of the film he inspires a bunch of copycat heroes to don masks and fight crime. Sound a bit familiar? Well this film did it with the worst language and most horrific violence yet seen in a comic book movie, and this is what set it apart from the Marvel and Dark Knight films that were dominating the box office at the time. It was invigorating and not for the faint hearted.

Kick-Ass 2 picks up with our heroes two years on and Hit Girl/Mindy Macready (Chloë Grace Moretz) has joined the same high school as Kick-Ass/Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) after her Dad’s death in the last film. She is being looked after by her Dad’s old partner from the police, Marcus (Morris Chestnut) who is trying to give her back her childhood by making her act like a normal 15-year-old girl. Mindy is finding it very difficult to make friends and stop acting like Hit Girl, especially as Dave is into the idea of bringing Kick-Ass back as her sidekick after two years off.

The majority of the first half of the film concentrates on Mindy’s shift from Hit Girl to teenage girl and is a little slow going. There are some funny scenes after she gets shunned by the ‘cool’ girls in which she hits them with a ‘sick stick’, the effects of which need no explanation.

Meanwhile Chris D’Amico, Red Mist from the last film (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) has become obsessed with the fact that Kick-Ass killed his father with a bazooka and vows to become the world’s first super villain, The Motherfucker. The reason you haven’t seen much of him in the trailers and TV spots is because there isn’t a line where he doesn’t swear like a trooper. Oh, and his costume is, essentially, a gimp suit he found in his Mum’s wardrobe! He is assembling a team of super villains with names like The Tumor (Andy Nyman), Genghis Carnage (Tom Wu), Black Death (Daniel Kaluuya) and Mother Russia (Olga Kurkulina) in response to Kick-Ass joining a group of super heroes including Dr. Gravity (Donald Faison), Battle Guy (Dave’s friend from school Marty – Clark Duke), Night Bitch (Lindy Booth) – the eventual love interest for Kick-Ass and their leader, Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey).

Colonel Stars and Stripes seemed to have been set up to be quite a major character in the initial spots and trailers. However, possibly because of Jim Carrey’s recent shunning of the film because of the gratuitous violence, the character seems to have been cut out quite heavily, which is a shame, but I suppose is understandable from the filmmaker’s point of view. Strange career choice there, Jim, and it’s a shame because this is possibly the most enjoyable role he’s played in a while.

Just like the first film, Kick-Ass 2 is a bright, vibrant, fun, shocking, breath of fresh air of a movie. It is slower paced and has long sequences that revolve around the development of the characters, but it still packs in some amazing action set pieces a lot of which centre on Hit Girl or the woman mountain that is Mother Russia, whose big finishing move is to break people’s necks with her legs. The climactic fight between these two is gruesome to say the least! The story is brought to an, almost, definite close but leaves the door slightly ajar to spin-off into Hit Girl movies or even further Kick-Ass ones. It would be a shame if these characters never got an outing again, so fingers crossed for some more in the future.


2 Responses to “Review: Kick-Ass 2”

  1. Good review Tom. The first one was better, but that’s pretty much expected. However, this one isn’t so bad either, it just has a very strange, uneven tone that never quite jells out.

    • Cheers, man. Yeah, it was too slow in some places and was never gonna live up to the first one. But it was still pretty damn entertaining, and that’s what I want from a film called ‘Kick-Ass 2’! I get the idea that Jim Carrey was supposed to have a much bigger role than he ended up with. But hey, he made the choice to trash it before it even came out.

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