Kick-Ass 2: Kick Ass Harder? No, not really. It’s pretty much more of the same which is pretty great in my eyes. Let me say up front that I haven’t read the sequel comic… yet. Kick-Ass is a superhero in case you haven’t heard. He was the first real life superhero to go public and he inspired many more to don costumes and prowl the streets in search of criminals to pummel. That’s where we are when this movie opens only Kick-Ass himself put up the tights… but he still hears the calling and soon enough he’s back out in the wild and soon enough he’s getting the crap kicked out of him all over again.
This would be the one glaring negative point I have with this film. This guy seems to have learned nothing after the events of the first film. He’s still as ineffectual as ever and it feels really wrong. To fix this he pretty much begs Hit-Girl, the prepubescent sidekick of the late Big Daddy from the first film, to train him. Through these two interaction we hit the theme, which is about people coming into their own and becoming the person they are meant to be. Kick-Ass learns to become a better hero, Hit-Girl learns that there is a bit more to life than beating up criminals and… well the villain learns that he is indeed a villain. He learns to be… the MotherFucker.
That theme helps keep the film from going down the super dark road I’ve heard the comic goes down. Kick-Ass 2 never takes itself too seriously and makes sure you have fun watching the madness play out no matter how violent. And yes, this film is SUPER violent and in some cases goes further than the comics and in other cases thankfully pulls back. There is a famous scene from the comic even I’ve heard about, a rape scene. I will tell you upfront there is no rape in this film. It would have severely shifted the tone and the scene is artfully written out in a very clever way that allows the villains to remain who they are without getting too depraved. I won’t spoil the scene but I will say it should put a smile on your face.
The star of this show isn’t Kick-Ass. Fan favorite Hit-Girl comes to the forefront of this cast with the stellar Chloe Moretz. She was a scene stealer in the first film and she is the star here with a large portion of the movie delving into how Hit-Girl slowly finds that there is indeed more to being a young girl, whether she wants to or not. I have yet to be disappointed in a performance by Moretz as she has some very matured acting chops and it’s a joy to watch her just be awesome with every line she delivers. Of course it helps that she utterly destroys everyone in her path.
The rest of the cast delivers as well. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is a very tongue in cheek villain as the Mother Fucker, John Leguizamo pops up as his assistant and is just as great as ever, Donald Faison, a favorite of mine, is hilarious as always and a huge cast full of costumed nuts that never ceases to understand.
This movie kept me smiling from start to finish. Smart humor as well as crude humor, extreme action, a small girl kick the shit out of everyone in her way and a scene stealing Jim Carrey with a dog that likes to… “fetch” balls. If you liked the first you’ll love the second. Don’t hesitate, get out there and kick ass with Kick-Ass 2.
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