The first Kick-Ass can be used as anyone’s prime example for a surprisingly awesome movie that seems to have blasted through everyone’s expectations. It’s seamless blend of irreverent humor and graphic violence made audiences cheer for its heroes, and made parents cringe at the thought of their perfect little children being exposed to such devilry. Well, sorry parents, it’s all back in Kick-Ass 2, a worthy sequel to the original, even though it falls flat in a few important areas.
Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has decided that enough is enough when it comes to his “superhero” alter ego, Kick-Ass. This bores him to no end, however, and he decides to strike up a partnership with fellow superhero Mindy Macready (Cholë Grace-Moretz), aka Hit Girl. Unfortunately, Mindy has decided that she has to start living a normal life, and does her best to become a normal high school freshman. This doesn’t stop Kick-Ass, though, as he goes to the streets and joins a team of superheroes, like himself, led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), to fight crime together. On the villainous side, Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), now calling himself The Motherfucker, begins building his own team comprised of super villains to take on Kick-Ass and his crew, with deeper wishes to get revenge on Kick-Ass, personally.
Something that Kick-Ass 2 does absolutely right is introduce more superheroes and an equal amount of super villains. Now you know the action is going to be stepped up, and stepped up it is. The climax of the movie is literally fantastic. It’s a bone crunching, face punching, blood splattering fiasco that is the perfect coda to the rest of the movie. The other instances of action can be described the same way, just on a smaller scale. One worry I had for this movie was that the violence was going to be toned down, which has happened to films in the past. Instead, it keeps up with the original Kick-Ass and delivers the goods, especially when it comes to Hit Girl.
You can’t get much cooler than Hit Girl, and fans across the world would have to agree with me. Seriously though, what a great action character, and she gets her chance to shine in that department. When Hit Girl’s around, you know some baddies will be going home with a few less limbs. Interestingly enough, she spends more time as Mindy in this film, and the audience gets to see a more vulnerable side to her. Take her out of her violent element and put her in the normal life of a high school student, and all of a sudden she doesn’t seem that tough anymore. It was surprisingly entertaining to watch her try and fit in, but that’s not to say that it wasn’t all the more exciting to see her don the outfit at times and kick more ass than its title character.
Where the movie does fall flat is its comedy. Mindy has some hysterical one liners and Jim Carrey’s Stars and Stripes is just a funny character. Everyone else seems to miss the mark. Christopher Mintz-Plasse has a few scenes where he was funny, but I actually enjoyed his character during the more serious moments. The storyline of Kick-Ass 2 is a lot darker than its predecessor, but this is still supposed to be a comedy, and when it was obvious the comedy was trying to break through, it just didn’t work too well.
As far as sequels go, Kick-Ass 2 was a lot better than you might originally think. I still really enjoy all the characters and the action is still as brutally fun as ever, but I think it’s time to put an end to it. Let’s stop it here before the series totally runs out of juice and releases a third film that can’t hold up to the other two. This is a good way to end the series and that way we can look back and remember that there are two really good Kick-Ass movies.