Title – Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
Director – Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down)
Cast – Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, Donald Faison, Clark Duke, Morris Chestnut
Plot – Kick-Ass (Taylor-Johnson) finds himself joining a group of costumed superheros lead by ex-mafia heavy hitter Colonel Stars and Stripes (Carey) that he himself inspired. Meanwhile Hit-Girl (Moretz) is facing the horrors of High School while Red Mist (Mintz-Plasse) becomes a super-villain hell bent on revenge against Kick-Ass.
“Try to have fun. Otherwise, what’s the point”
Review by Eddie on 7/01/2014
Let’s be brutally honest here, Kick-Ass 2 isn’t even half the film the original was. The original Kick-Ass came bursting onto our screens in 2010 with a kinetic energy thanks to the ace direction of Brit Matthew Vaughn and the brilliant casting of all main players not least in the relatively fresh faced Chloe Grace Moretz as profanity spouting Hit Girl and the best Nicolas Cage performance in eons. Kick-Ass 2 however came limping onto screens with little to no fanfare from critics and audiences alike, a stark contradiction to its predecessor. With this lacklustre reception it would be safe to assume the film is a lost cause but I myself was pleasantly surprised by the enjoyment levels found in the unquestionably lesser of the two films.
Kicking proceedings off a couple of years after the first film Kick-Ass 2 focusses its attention on an ever growing up Hit Girl and her travails in High School and with adoptive policeman dad Marcus (Chestnut) while Kick-Ass himself finds himself joined up with a rag tag group of wannabe heroes lead by the seriously underused Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes. This is the major flaw and missed opportunity of the film for one feels that the group of heroes in particular Jim Carrey’s Colonel had a lot more to give to the film in regards to heart and comedic moments yet you barely get a chance to learn their names. Mintz-Plasse as the now monikered Mother F$#*$*r is also a slightly underused presence with blame for this falling to new director/screenwriter Wadlow.
Vaughn did such a fantastic job as the original helmer that it was always going to be a tough job for whoever took on the project once he left the sequel and while Wadlow does an amicable take the films action and whip smart dialogue is nearly non-existent when compared to the first, where the originals violence felt shocking and thrilling here it seems forced and where words out of Hit Girls mouth bought gasps now they merely fall flat. The film as a whole to looks and feels cheap with production values not dissimilar to straight to DVD fare which is strange considering the films quite adequate budget.
Kick-Ass 2 is an enjoyable disposable movie with enough originality that could have been so much better yet oh so much worse. It’s a shame that the film feels so middle of the road and did such average business that it now feels as though the proposed trilogy of films will never come to fruition which is a shame considering the once bright future the franchise showed back in 2010.
2 and a half bottom dwelling sharks out of 5
- Jim Carrey & Aaron Taylor-Johnson Featured In New KICK-ASS 2 Extended Scenes (comicbookmovie.com)
- Kick-Ass 2 review (rpollardhudd.wordpress.com)
- DVD Of The Week: Kick-Ass 2 (2013) (heropresstwo.blogspot.com)