Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Remember the first Kick-Ass? The movie with the dorky guy who proves that anyone can be a hero? The movie with the little girl who swears up a storm and brutally kills bad guys? The movie with McLovin as a bad guy? Well, Kick-Ass 2 has all three of those elements back, but it does lose the element right and wrong.

In Kick-Ass 2, we’re reintroduced to Dave Lizewksi ¬†(Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who recaps Kick-Ass for us. Dave, who’s also known as Kick-Ass, was just a person who decided to stick up for the weak and make a difference by fighting crime. He befriends Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his daughter, Mindy/Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and the three of them aim to stop Chris D’Amico’s/Red Mist’s (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) father. In the end, Big Daddy and Chris’ dad die and Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl begin to lead normal lives.

Now, both Dave and Mindy attend High School together and are bored to tears. Mindy, who leaves early to train every day, brings Dave along when he asks to train with her. The two get back into the crime fighting gig until Mindy is told by her guardian, Detective Williams (Morris Chesnut), that she can’t be Hit-Girl anymore. With Mindy out of the picture, Dave meets Dr. Gravity (Donald Faison) and the two join a hero club led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carey). Among the group is: Insect Man (Robert Emms), Night Bitch (Lindy Booth), Tommy’s Mum and Dad (Monica Dolan & Steven Mackintosh) and Dave’s best friend Marty/Battle Guy (Clark Duke).

While the Justice Forever (Kick-Ass’ group) fight for peace and protection, Chris D’Amico is focused on his own group. He’s no longer the hero “Red Mist”. Now, he is known as “The Motherf****r” and he dons dominatrix outfit. He is out to kill Kick-Ass, so he recruits the help of: The Tumor (Andy Nyman), Black Death (Daniel Kaluuya), Mother Russia (Olga Kurkulina) and Genghis Carnage (Tom Wu). Both groups add members to eventually fight the other group, but not before the cops decide that these heroes need to be detained. How will this movie end? Well, I’m sure you can guess.

What worked so well for Kick-Ass, was the fact that Dave didn’t kill anyone, didn’t want others killing anyone and wanted to do good. In this film, that’s all out the window. Dave still doesn’t kill anyone, but he doesn’t care if people are severely injured or dead. Lots of people die gruesome deaths in the movie. On the one-hand, that’s awesome because this film actually shows stuff happen. On the other hand, this takes the film from its original ideals and morals and takes it to a cliche place. The violence and action is cool, but this film lacks a heart and a good story. Still curious as to what does and doesn’t work for this film? Well, I’d suggest that you continue reading on for my Top Ten Thoughts on Kick-Ass 2!

 

Red Mist has resorted to the gimp outfit from Pulp Fiction, as he is now known as the evil villain, "The Motherfucker".
Red Mist has resorted to the gimp outfit from Pulp Fiction, as he is now known as the evil villain, “The Motherf****r”.

What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

Chloe Grace Moretz is hilarious and totally kicks ass.

This movie lacks the heart that the first one had.

Jim Carey is REALLY good in this movie!

The message that this film sends is not a positive one. Kill people because they’re bad…

McLovin always has me laughing… That gimp suit…

We rarely get to explore the more interesting characters in this film.

I liked the idea of the Justice Forever and that they help the homeless, help in-distress women and beat up perverts.

The film relies on the outrageous inappropriateness of the dialog to make you laugh. That would be fine if the dialog was actually smart and funny… But it isn’t.

The action in this film is fantastic! It’s choreographed really well and is executed even better!

People die in this film. Like actually die terrible deaths. Worst of all, the good guys have no problem with it which isn’t the case in Kick-Ass.

The High School struggles in this film are very real and relatable.

We really don’t get enough of Hit-Girl. She’s just so awesome and she steals are her scenes.

This movie is awesome, in the sense that I loved the action and comedy.

This film is predominately an action/comedy, but then it tries to throw drama into the mix. The drama here is out of place and doesn’t work.

There is a lot of blood shown which I didn’t mind. It was realistic.

Most of the characters have unexplored motivations in the film. They kill, but why?

Anybody can be a superhero, regardless of whether or not you wear a suit.

The dialog in this film is pretty cheesy… Plus, some of it is stolen from clich√© high school movies. There’s a Mean Girls scene in the movie.

Kick-Ass 2 is a lot of fun and offers up great action and great comedy that will entertain at the very least.

Kick-Ass 2 lacks the story and morals of its predecessor and relies on violence and humor to convince you that this is a good movie.

Overall:

Kick-Ass 2 is a bit more fun than the first when it comes to violence and action, but it falls short when it comes to a message and a story. The violence and language are enough to keep the film enjoyable, but this film is nothing special. It’s something that you’ll forget about very quickly and that’s not a bad thing. I’d just re-watch Kick-Ass instead of seeing this movie. You’ll enjoy the first one more and appreciate it more.

Kick-Ass 2 Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td921lYSBIA

2.5 STARS!!!

2.5 / 5 stars     

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