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Film Review: Kick Ass 2

Kick-Ass was a great film.That said, if you saw it and you didn’t like it, I can tell you right now not to bother with Kick-Ass 2. It’s just more of the same. If you never saw Kick-Ass in the first place, just go watch that instead. It’s better than Kick-Ass 2.

Kick-Ass 2 diverges from the comic-books by picking up four years after the original film. Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) is now over her lust for ultra-violence and is more interested in cheerleading and teenaged boys whilst Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is conversely skipping school to work-out and pick fights with crackheads as Kick-Ass.

When Mindy publicly orders Dave to leave her alone (incidentally making all of the other students think he’s an ephebophile), he goes searching for another wannabe vigilante and finds one in Jim Carrey’s character, Colonel Stars & Stripes and they proceed to recruit others and set about fighting crime, while Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), hell bent on revenge for his father’s murder, starts hiring crooks and creating a villainous team of his own.

The film follows the same formula as the original: They spend 50 minutes deconstructing the super-vigilante genre by showing the realistic consequences of that lifestyle (child-abuse, death, etcetera.) and then they double back on themselves by throwing everything they just ridiculed back into play for glorious results.

Unfortunately, ‘formula’ is all this film is. On paper, they’ve done everything right in making a sequel – there are more supermen in the mix, the criminals are now super-criminals and the returning actors are now buffer and/or hotter. This is exactly the problem.

With even more participants in the fight scenes, there’s less focus on the individuals and the cutting back and forth between combatants is distracting (Interrupting Hit-Girl Vs Mother Russia to show us Turk from Scrubs wailing on some guy with a baseball bat is a bad idea).

It’s also hard to take the conflict seriously when the guy everybody’s after is dressed up in bondage gear and calling himself ‘The Motherfucker’. I also feel like Hit-Girl is less impressive in combat as an adult than she was as a child, but that could just be me.

With all that said, this is an objectively good film. Most of the jokes are funny, most of the action is cool and the Chlomo’s dramatic scenes do temporarily stop your heart on occasion. There are also moments that are crude (I’m looking at you, Sick Stick), moments that are dull and moments that are just plain weird. What the hell is a Union J?

Rating: 4/5

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