It’s hard for any sequel to meet the high expectations left from movie that comes out of nowhere, grabs a cliche-ridden genre by the balls, and then proceeds to mind-rape the audience in ways never before conceived. That last sentence was a compliment of sorts to “Kick-Ass,” one of my favorite movies of all time. It seems especially appropriate that it’s sequel, “Kick-Ass 2” would arrive during a rather stale summer superhero movie season, what with “Man of Steel” and “Wolverine” being rather forgettable. And while “Kick-Ass 2” is by no means as good at it’s predecessor, its easily the best superhero movie of the summer.
The story follows the new adventures of Kick-Ass, a nerd turned superhero and Hit Girl as each of them try to cope with the aftermath of the events (namely the ending) of the first movie. Both a strength and a weakness of the story is how it follows each of the different main characters. Kick-Ass tries to become a better superhero, in a way emulating Hit Girl, whilst Hit Girl goes about emulating a normal high school girl’s life. Meanwhile, Chris D’Amico, formerly Red Mist and the son of the villain in the last movie, aims to become the world’s first super villain and seek revenge on Kick-Ass for his father’s demise. Each is trying to find their own identity, and unfortunately so is the movie. It feels scattered at times, especially during the middle. There are also some missed opportunities in that certain side stories seem to just disappear or are resolved in a mediocre fashion.
The acting is all around solid. Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), Chloe Grace Moretz (Hit Girl) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Chris D’Amico) all do a great job reprising their roles, leading their scenes to new levels of intensity. Even a lot of the minor actors like Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo and Donald Faison seem to be in tune with their characters.
The action is as brutal as it gets. And while the fighting and choreography are pretty damn flawless, the camerawork during these moments feels a little lacking. It’s not bad by any stretch of the word but it could be better. There’s one moment near the end where Hit Girl fights someone using shards of broken glass where the camera work is pretty sweet and I remember thinking “Awesome! I wish this was how the rest of the action scenes were.”
For any who might’ve been wondering if “Kick-Ass 2” wouldn’t live up to explicitness of the original, you can definitely put those worries aside. It’s uber graphic and in some ways even more explicit than the original. There were many scenes that surprised me if only because of how potentially off-putting they could be.
Like the previous movie, “Kick-Ass 2” retains it’s offbeat and dark comic side. Lots of great lines that keep you both laughing and ashamed you did laugh. It might not be as amusing as the original outing (if only because it was newer) but like the girl who sat behind me, you’ll be laughing plenty while “Kick-Ass 2” is on the big screen.
Ultimately, it’s official. In just about every way “Kick-Ass 2” is not as good at the original. But here’s my question for you: “Does it need to be?” I found plenty to enjoy in both films and with Mark Miller’s recent announcement that he plans to conclude the series with a 3rd and final installment; I’ll probably enjoy that one too. I really don’t get why people get so uppity about demanding that sequels be as good as if not better than the original. I think those people have forgotten the point of most any summer movie, just to enjoy it.
“Kick-Ass 2” gets a 8/10
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