Published on August 17th, 2013 | by Richard Smith2
Kick Ass 2 Review
Movie Review: Kick Ass 2 (2013)
Guest Reviewer: Richard Smith
Running Time: 103 mins
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Writers: Jeff Wadlow (screenplay), Mark Millar (comic book)
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey
Plot: Kick Ass joins forces with crime fighting team Justice Forever. Hit-Girl carries on where Big Daddy left off, whilst being forced to leave her super hero life behind. Meanwhile in the city, Red Mist reinvents himself as The Motherf**ker and gathers a team of super villains to take down Kick Ass and Justice Forever.
I was a big fan of the first Kick Ass, so my expectations were high for the sequel.
The story begins with Hit Girl fulfilling her ‘super’hero duties fighting crime, until her guardian Marcus pleads for her to hang up her cape, go to school, and essentially regain the childhood she missed out on. Kick Ass on the other hand is the latest member of organised crime fighting team Justice Forever, tackling petty crime and taking down the bad guys.
Meanwhile Red Mist, now comically and obscenely renamed The Motherfucker, is gathering an army of super villains to destroy Kick Ass and JF.
From the announcement of its release date I was excitedly anticipating Kick Ass 2, partly due to Matthew Vaughns excellent original, and also due to the controversy of Jim Carreys decision to not promote the film, stating he ‘cannot support this level of violence’. Each to their own I say. But to quote director Mark Millar, ‘For your main actor to publicly say, “This movie is too violent for me”, is like saying, “This porno has too much nudity. We’ll have to go and see this now.'”
So, turns out Jim Carrey’s decision to not promote the film is a promotion in itself.
First of all, I did enjoy this movie. But it was always going to have to live up to the excellent original.
At times, it felt a bit St Trinians, with just a tad too much focus on ‘Hit Girl’ becoming part of the high school beauty brigade. High school movies have never been my cup of tea.
I apologise in advance for making comparisons to the first Kick Ass, but Kick Ass 2 lacks the originality and scenes that made the first film so unique… The superbly orchestrated call of duty style shoot out? Giant microwaves and more brutal than expected violence? The brilliantly illustrated comic book montage sequence? The Tarantino-esque soundtrack? All of which contributed to a film that came out of nowhere and surprised the hell out of me.
Chloe Moretz as Mindy Mccready/Hit Girl steals the show once again. I expected to find the foul mouthed one liners getting a bit tedious, but I chuckled throughout.
With all these high school shenanigans going on, already I can see her potential as the new Carrie, due later this year. I half expected her to unleash Carries malevolent violence on her tormentors, but without spoiling anything, the ‘sick stick’ results in a more hilarious outcome. She has the best scenes in the film including action scenes (the highway scene, and Hit Girl on adrenaline spring to mind).
The action in Kick Ass 2 is well done. The vibrant colour of the costumes make for a fun, colourful movie, but don’t let that fool you. It often branches into darker themes when it comes to the portrayal of violence. It juggles hilarious fun with over the top, yet occasionally realistic violence.
The humour has been amped up, and really works to the films advantages. With a title like Kick Ass, its a movie that should never take itself too seriously, and it doesn’t… The films true flaw lies in its failure to live up to film number one. The shock value and originality has gone this time round.
The plot of Kick Ass 2 was a little scatty in comparison to the first film and whilst it didn’t quite live up to my expectations, I did have a great time watching it.
Summary: Despite the niggles, it's hard not to enjoy this film. If you leave your brain at home, and try not to make comparisons to Kick Ass, there's certainly a lot of fun and laughs to be had.