Monday, September 23 2013, 08:11 PM MDT
Movie Review: Kick Ass 2
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Recommended To: Fans of the comic book and original film.
Synopsis: After a hiatus Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) joins a group of costumed vigilantes, Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) tries to be a normal teenager and Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) reinvents himself as a super villain with an incredibly vulgar name.
Review: I thought Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Kick-Ass was one of the most enjoyable films of 2010. Vaughn typically bowed out of Kick-Ass 2 and was replaced by writer/director Jeff Wadlow (Cry_Wolf). To say that Wadlow is a downgrade would be an understatement as Kick-Ass 2 fails to live up to its predecessor as it lacks the heart and real human connection that made the first film more than just a comic book cash-in.
Certainly Kick Ass 2 has its moments and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I mostly enjoyed it. The problem with the film is that it doesn’t feel as original or inspired. Gone is the gleeful joy of becoming a masked superhero and in its place is the monotony of being a street vigilante. When Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the rest of their friends teamed up as the Avengers it worked cinema magic. Pairing Kick-Ass with Battle Guy, Night Bitch, Dr. Gravity and Colonel Stars and Stripes doesn’t have the same impact. Instead the picture just seems crowded with less interesting characters as Hit-Girl plays dress up by not wearing her costume.
Jim Carrey, who plays Colonel Stars and Stripes, recently made headlines by saying Kick Ass 2 was too violent. Well, he’s probably right to a degree in that the film does have a shockingly high body count, but he should have known what he was signing on for. The comic and the first film didn’t shy away from violence. I find it all a bit too cartoonish to be upset.
-Ryan Michael Painter