Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2 by Jeff Wadlow
Wham Bam Pow!
I recently watched Kick-Ass 2 (2013) by British director and screenwriter Jeff Wadlow. It played on TV on the first chill night in our apartment, we had both immensely enjoyed the first installment from 2010, lovely If I Stay actress Chloë Grace Moretz is our mutual spirit animal, Superbad actor McLovin' Christopher Mintz-Plasse is mine, and seriously: what other more perfect movie was going to pop up? That's right, none.

Hit-Girl & McLovin'
Let's see what Hit-Girl & Co. are up to this time around!

The skinny

When Hit-Girl (Moretz) hangs up her purple uniform because of her legal guardian Marcus (Morris Chestnut), Kick-Ass (Savages actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson) seeks out other fellow superheroes to team up with. He finds Justice Forever, a superhero team led by former mob thug Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). The team mainly focuses on working at soup kitchens and patrolling the streets. Until Chris D'Amico/Red Mist (Mintz Plasse) accidentally kills his mother, inherits his family's money and reinvents himself as supervillain The Mother Fucker, swearing vengeance on Kick-Ass, that is. Flanked by the Toxic Mega Cunts, he wreaks all kinds of havoc.

Kick-Ass 2 - "My Destiny"
My destiny.

The review

What's not to like? Kick-Ass 2 offers more of the same (though perhaps less), with plenty of fun and over-the-top comedy and violence, with Moretz and Taylor Johnson still on the forefront and still highly likable and enjoyable to watch. Did I like Hit-Girl's high school storyline? Not really. Could the movie have used more Moretz? Hells yes. Was Kick-Ass 2 a safe follow-up to the original? Ab-so-diddly-lutely. But I was still entertained for the entire duration of 103 minutes. Sometimes all a movie needs to be is a bunch of amusing characters thrown together, with some silly humor and deadly violence stirring them all up.

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