kick-Ass 2 (2013)

logoDirector: Jeff Wadlow

Writer: Jeff Wadlow (Screenplay) Mark Millar, John Romita Jr (Comic Book Characters)

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Morris Chestnut, Clark Duke, Donald Faison, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Leguizamo, Jim Carrey, Lindy Booth

 

Plot: Following up from the first Kick Ass film, Chris D’Amico (Mintz-Plasse) wants revenge on Kick Ass for killing his father and decides to become a super villain The Mother Fucker. Along with his bodyguard Javier create a team to take down all the new superheroes. David (Taylor-Johnson) has hung up his costume but with training from Mindy (Moretz) Kick Ass returns and in a strange turn of events Hit Girl tries to live a normal life. Kick ass joins up with a group of other want to be superheroes led by Colonel Stars & Stripes (Carrey) who aim to take down crime. With two forces growing who will be left standing when the new armies collide.  

 

Verdict: Comic book film that shows how fantasy can take its toll on real life

Story: Showing how a human with training can become a superhero or vigilante and how this can cause consequences to their lives. Most people want these films to see how outrageous Hit Girl will be; they tease use by making her be a normal teenage girl struggling with high school for the first time, very clever trying to make us be more involved with a more boring character of Kick Ass. I personal was surprised that they minimalized Hit Girl and found both Chris and David a bit boring and coming off like they think they are more than they are. Saying that the build-up of both the armies is good and some of the side characters are very funny. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Kick Ass or high school kid David who doesn’t fit in unless he put on his mask and pretends to fight crime. Average performance from Aaron which looks like he was just made to return, rather than enjoying the role. (5/10)

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Actor Review: Chloe Grace Moretz – Clever twist on her character letting her be a more normal girl, before coming out as Hit Girl when the time was right. Chloe does great again but I feel due to complaints about Hit Girl’s language in the first they didn’t let her have fun with all the Hit Girl scenes. Kick Ass Award, Star Performance Award Favourite Character Award (9/10)

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Actor Review: Christopher Mintz-Plasse – Angry teenager who is out for revenge showing how being wealthy can make you very bratty. Pays people to be with his character showing how isolating he is to people along with his racial names for his super villain army. Good performance playing the role well continued to grow in the role as the film unfolded. (8/10)

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Actor Review: John Leguizamo – Bodyguard who looks after Chris and helps him build his army. Good supporting role for one of my favourite actors but doesn’t get enough time to shine the way he can. (7/10)

 

Actor Review: Jim Carrey – Colonel Stars & Stripes an ex mafia guy who is seeking redemption by becoming a leader of guys trying to stop crimes. With Carrey refusing to do an advertising work after changing his mind about the violence which is very tame you wonder why he would, he was great in the role having a lot of fun in it too. Scene Stealer Award (8/10)

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Director Review: Jeff Wadlow – Does a good job but not as good as Matthew Vaughn still tells a good story and has some clever scenes. (7/10)

 

Action: Cuts down on the action but once it starts it is very good. (8/10)

Special Effects: Some good special effects but it is the real lack of needing special effects that makes this shine. (8/10)

Believability: People dressing up pretending to fight crime after watching too many superhero films or read too many comics. It all happens but what happens is a bit farfetched. (5/10)

Chances of Tears:  None (0/10)

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: Every comic film will have sequel potential.

Suggestion: Poking a bit of fun at all the superhero films as well as showing how serious effects can be. I would suggest to all superhero fans it is fun and enjoyable but not truly stand out. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Hit Girl saving David from a moving van.

Worst Part: Mindy in high school trying to be normal, we want her to kick ass and fight crime.

Funniest Scene: Colonel Star & Stripes dog takes care of a paedophile

Favourite Quote: Mindy ‘You don’t have to be a bad-ass to be a superhero, Dave. You just have to be brave.’

 

Overall: Comic book action comedy but not as memorable as the original

 

Rating 76%

One comment

  1. Good review Darren. The tone for this one was really, really bizarre. It never seemed to know what it wanted to be, and even when it did seem to land on a certain tone, it did a total 180 and switched everything back up. It was a fun movie, but a very strange one as well.

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