The first Kick-Ass, well, kicked ass. It was one crazy, wild, and fun ride that gelled together perfectly. I heavily enjoyed it and would place it at the lowest, an honorable mention for the best movies of 2010. So, needless to say, I’ve been looking forward to the sequel. The red band trailer put out a little while back really got me eager for its release date. Kick-Ass 2 provided another fun time and had lots of good things, but I was disappointed with many aspects. Overall, it’s a B-movie. It had potential to be so much more, though. Nemours critics everywhere I look are bashing this – some uncalled for by almost insulting anyone who would be entertained. Defiantly not a bad sequel or film, just not nearly as great as the original.
Since Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) decided to retire from being Kick-Ass, many new superheroes have arrived on the scene. He hopes to team up with Hit Girl. After her initial acceptance and beginning training sessions, she promises her new guardian, Detective Marcus (Morris Chestnut), she’ll stay in school and give up what her dad taught her. Kick-Ass then joins a superhero group led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carey). Meanwhile, Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) has inherited a fortune and ditches his old superhero name, The Red Mist. His super villain name is The Motherf****r. His goal is to build an evil army and get revenge on Kick-Ass.
Aside from not being as original as the fist, the story felt rushed. I could have done with another half hour. Everything was moving so fast, so I couldn’t really get a full grasp on anything going on. Justice Forever was great, but a few scenes pretty much wrapped it right up. After Dave’s and Katie’s relationship was built up from the last movie, the way it was handled here felt like a weak way to go. I wanted really bad to see certain characters more, but most were done with far too quickly. Colonel Stars and Stripes was the big one, had ample amount of potential. Dr. Gravity had me cracking up constantly; shines in the beginning.
The screenplay did have funny humor that kept me laughing. Even though dark things happen, it has a fairly lighthearted tone. At times, it can’t seem to decide what it wants to be. Kick-Ass balanced different tones to where they blended together smoothly. The sequel dropped the ball regarding that. Because of this, nothing ever hit me hard emotionally when it was supposed to since there wasn’t much build up nor real aftereffect. Humor was elevated from the first a tad, but drama was dropped big time – don’t even attempt to compare both climaxes.
The story is far more clichéd this time around, bringing in lots of stuff we’ve come to know and expect in a superhero movie. They weren’t awful, but wasn’t what I wanted to see. I can pick parts of the story that worked, but many pop up in my mind that bothered me. Mindy’s mean girl subplot was amusing along with Chris going to the dark side. I felt Dave/Kick-Ass should have been utilized better. If a third entry is coming, it seems set up for him to step up more. Looking forward to that. Kick-Ass 2 did make me eager for that last piece to complete the trilogy. The way the end shaped up, hopefully the third improves.
Acting was good all across the board. Granted, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is pushed off to the side at times throughout like in the original. Still, he is likable and brings what is needed to the character. Chloe Grace Moretz is just as good as Hit Girl this time around, her acting is spot-on. The effect of that little girl doing and saying what she does is sadly gone, however, now that she’s older. Chrsitopher Mintz-Plasse hits and misses. Some of his scenes are executed extremely well, while others fall flat. Certain parts he’s in are great. I wanted more of Jim Carrey, he was outstanding. Anytime Carrey was on screen, it was a joy to watch. John Leguizamo is another cast member that deserved more time.
Two major downgrades from Kick-Ass was the fighting and visual style. Jeff Wadlow was supposedly handpicked by Matthew Vaughn, but it had a different feel. The action sequences were alright, but lost that edge it used to have. Vaughn’s distinct visual style is also vanished. I wish Vaughn had followed up the series instead. His contributions were huge. Kick-Ass 2 is not a failure by any means, it’s entertaining from start to finish. I think a few rewrites were really needed, but oh well. Go in looking for an enjoyable time, but don’t expect Kick-Ass.