Kick Ass 2 – Film Review

The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows. 

Let me first off say that I loved Kick Ass, really loved it. So, I was pretty excited when I heard there was a sequel on it’s way. And I can’t really say that I was disappointed by Kick Ass 2, but I can say that it’s certainly not as good as the first one.

The film takes a whole new plot line, keeping the same characters, but on a different road. I like this, it means that Kick Ass wasn’t just an origin story and Kick Ass 2 wasn’t just a tougher battle for our unlikely heroes. However, I feel like the story took some routes that didn’t seem to make any sense or be that interesting. For starters, even though Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) was bloody hilarious and had some great lines, his story didn’t really have any gravity to it. He wasn’t really evil enough and his little crew of super-villains  didn’t perform on the size or level it apparently cracked up to be. I don’t want to spoil anything but they obviously toned it down from the comics, just check out the wiki page. It’s not like it was bad, it just felt empty. Maybe the film could have had an extra 25 minutes? Another thing that bugged me was the high school Mindy (Chloë Grace Moretz) plot line. As hot as that blonde girl was, I wasn’t interested in the annoying popular girls thing. Also, the climax to that plot line was just bizarre and really not that funny.

Despite what I’ve just droned on about, I mostly did like the story. It was fairly original and intriguing. I thought the fact that Hitgirl wasn’t invisible was cool and Kick Ass’s transformation into a not-so-shit superhero was good fun to watch. I also laughed a ton.  The writing was mostly sound but some of the iconic swearing wasn’t really put to use in this film.

The directing was good in this movie and the film really looked like it had style like the first one. With a new director coming in though, the film almost lost what was great in the first one, and that’s iconic action scenes. I mean, the flashing lights scene in Kick Ass 1 was absolutely mesmerizing. The film does have iconic scenes in it, maybe not to the level of the first film, but some definite memorable ones. Such as the Poker game bust and especially the attack on the funeral, which was bloody awesome. One of the things I adored from the first film was the music, and it was just as good as the first one; apart from maybe one or two dodgy pop tunes. The soundtrack once again worked really well with action scenes, and made everything that bit more exciting.

Most of the cast from the first movie were really good and believable. Aaron Taylor-Johnson was still awkward and he has this great ability to make other people funny, this could be also due to the writing, but I’d like to think it was him. Apart from some lame parts in the middle, Chloë Grace Moretz was really fun and really emotionally believable in the more dramatic parts. Like I said earlier Christopher Mintz-Plasse was hilarious and honestly looked like he was having fun being a cunt. The one guy that I thought was brilliant was Jim Carrey. He get’s lost in this role and has a great presence in the film, however he could have been in it a tad bit longer, we didn’t get enough Carrey magic. The Only disappointing thing about the acting was that we lost Evan Peters as Todd, and his replacement was, well, awful.

3/5 – I feel bad marking down on a film for plot lines that I didn’t like as if it was in the comics, it will be in the movie for the most part; otherwise this would be maybe a 2. If I went through the film bit by bit, I could pick out loads of things that I didn’t like, however this movie was far from bad. It looked nice, had great acting, and was genuinely really funny and obviously not the end of the story. Making me even more excited for the next Kick Ass movie.

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