Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The original Kick-Ass was one of the most original comic book films of the last decade. It was filled with humor, satire, violence, and action. Is Kick-Ass 2 a worthy sequel? Yes, for the humor and action, not so much for the satire and violence.
This second film is directed by Jeff Wadlow, who does a pretty good job. He captured a lot of the tone and the spirit that was in the first film. The film opens a while after the first. Kick-Ass is semi-retired, Hit-Girl is still running around, but soon retires while Kick-Ass comes out of retirement. Meanwhile, Red Mist is now the Motherfucker and wants revenge on Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl for killing his father in the first film. Teams of heroes and villians unite, then fight. All in all the story is nothing new to moviegoers or comic book fans. What sets the film apart is the real world stance on all of the violence. There are no super-powers, just regular people working out, using weapons and guns. Actions have consequences. Some of the violence is a little amped up, but not too much. I don't know what Jim Carrey had against this film, as the violence in it is NOWHERE NEAR what was in the first film. This film is almost tame by comparison. Almost tame, but still worthy of it's R-rating.
All of our actors are good here. They are the reason to come see the film. Jim Carrey and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are stand outs. Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl are still great, funny characters. All in all if you're looking for a fun follow-up to the first film, you won't be dissapointed. If you're looking for this film to be on the same level of satire and violence as the first film, you might be dissapointed.
3.5 out of 5 Stars.