Kick Ass 2
I loved Kick Ass!! I couldn’t understand why so many folks who were into their superhero films shat on it…I mean of all the superheroes in the world, Kick Ass was the most believable…I mean he’s your everyday Joe like you and me. It’s also worth noting that I think Hit-Girl could be the coolest superhero ever on screen and Chloë Moretz portrayal of the foul-mouthed walking master of many weapons and ultimate badass, was a joy to behold.
Fast-forward to 2013 and the return of our heroes in Kick Ass 2, expectations were incredibly high for me. And whilst I will say right upfront and honest that this is not as good as Kick Ass, Kick Ass 2 has a lot to be celebrated for…so lets start there.
Synopsis from IMBD:
The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.
Kick-Ass is joined by a fuck-tonne of new superhero characters most notably Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars & Stripes, a former mafia hit man turned born again Christian who doesn’t believe in firearms or foul language. Carrey’s character has set up an Avengers group of sorts to clean up the city of crime. Meanwhile Christopher Mintz-Plasse is recovering from the death of his father at the hands of Kick-Ass vowing not to return as Red Mist, rather as the hilariously named Motherfucker. The Motherfucker hires his own crack team of supervillians, Mother Russian being the most formidable of the lot being ex-KGB and a staggering 6ft 8inches tall. She is one of my favourite characters in this film and some of the scenes where she is dispatching foes are truly awesome.
For the most part Moretz’s character is adjusting to life as a normal teenager and sees her unable to fit in with any of the social groups that seem to exist in American high school. When she finally dawns the Hit-Girl attire towards the end of the film, that’s when business picks up and watching her square off against Mother Russia is the highlight of the film for this reviewer.
The soundtrack is pretty awesome and the scenes are well shot. Wadlow certainly knows how to direct action and I quite enjoyed the more comic book feel of this film in comparison to the first Kick Ass.
So why don’t I think it lives up to its predecessor then? Well firstly I think that the pacing seems off right start. Like many heroes films, the first usually sets the mythos and subsequent outings tend to get into the action a lot quicker. Having Kick-Ass train with Hit-Girl to build him up to a superhero seemed like a bit of a dampener from the start. I will say upfront that these scenes are very funny but slow things down considerably. The film under utilises Carrey and what the audience might think will be a stand out character feels like an awkward cameo of sorts.
The humour of the franchise is still there and Hit-Girl is the real star and a spin off film for her character would make me revel in joy. For such a young actress, she commands her scene and I would struggle to think of anyone who could play that role other than her.
I would ultimately say that if you liked the first then go check out the second for sure!! Was I entertained? Yes…did I laugh? Many times!! So from the filmmaker’s point of view their job is done. Did I want this film to give me a reason to see a Kick Ass 3? Hell Yes…Did Kick Ass 2 make me want to see a Kick Ass 3?…Not really!!