When Kick-Ass thrashed it’s way into the
cinema in 2010 it proved to be a substantial (excuse the pun) hit.
Mathew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) it
was a heady mix of geek chic, comic book comedy and visceral violence.
being too much for kids it was a hit with young adults, exactly the
was aimed for. Here we are, three years later and we all want to get
kicked again. This time the creativity begins with putting a “2” in the title, and that’s also where
Daddy is dead.
Kick-Ass is back at school and “retired”, while Hit-Girl is going it
unbeknownst to her guardian Detective Marcus Williams (her father Damon
Macready’s ex police force partner). When
Chris D’amico accidently kills his mother in a UV
accident he decides to become a bondage gear clad super villain called
Mother******”. This opens the doorway
for Kick-Ass to return and the comic book caper hijinks to ensue once
boring in setup, and it is in delivery as well. The most abhorrent
thing about Kick-Ass 2, and it must be mentioned
first, is that it’s almost devoid of any original laughs. The first
fresh, over the top and had enough heart echoing through the violence
credible. It was an ode to comic book lovers around the world. This
geek-for-the-masses. It's like an R rated Glee that
pretends it’s for nerds, but only jocks and cheerleaders
will laugh at
it. Jim Carrey has great makeup and no funny lines for a character that
audience never really gets to know. Donald Faison is a combined
every role he’s ever played. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is a terrible
actor. His delivery
and on screen presence is ridiculously weak. Superbad was
a long time ago, so lets all let it go, together.
Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz do the best with what they have,
but it’s Moretz that holds the film together. This is primarily because
the only one given the lines to perform beyond whining and wincing.
actors work well together and their scenes are the strongest in the
Unfortunately, the talents of Johnson and Moretz aren’t enough to carry
film and this raises the most prominent issue with Kick-Ass 2: the script. The
characters are zany, crazy and colourful yes, but the script is not
funny. This level of entertainment should have the audience rolling in
isles and spitting out their popcorn in laughter. This film is not
be a drama, but the dramatic notes are directed and written to hit
any of the comedic moments throughout the film. Writer/Director Jeff
Wadlow (of Never Back Down fame. Seriously?
Yep!) does not seem to have a deep understanding of the subject
have enough skill to execute both of these very difficult jobs.
has been said
about the violence in this film. It’s an MA rated film and it should
really be rated
R. There’s stabbings, bashings, punch-ups and shootings. Oddly though,
feels like there’s not enough action for the explosion addicts. There
however one “creative” scene where a policeman gets killed with a
ensuing point is that these films are not for kids. So parents, please
be good parents
and keep the kids away. Ratings are there for a reason.
keenly anticipating this film, you will be disappointed. It’s not a
the original and offers nothing new apart from the worst use of a green
since Australia. It seems to have
lost the comic book flavor of the first, yet it will make enough money
guarantee a third film. With the influx of comic book films on the
is large doorway open just begging for someone to walk through it.
There is so
much material for Kick-Ass 2 to make
fun of, yet the comedy in the script is so insular in reference and
dull in delivery,
it becomes the very thing it should be parodying. Lower
your expectations and you’ll enjoy the
film more. Disappointingly, this is not something you should have to do
paying twenty dollars a ticket. This sequel is not the worst film of
by any stretch of the imagination; it’s just not what it should be. Kick-Ass: 2? More Like Mild Spanking: The