Kick Ass (Self Explanatory) 2

26 Aug

Kick-Ass 2 is the sequel to 2010’s controversial yet grossly popular action-comedy film Kick Ass. The first film took unknowing audiences by surprise with not only its un-ironic profanity and heavy violence but by also featuring a young girl portraying the character of Hit-Girl who is characterized as an expert killing machine at the young age of 12.

Kick-Ass 2 starts two years after the events of the last film with Dave Lizewski noticing that his Kick-Ass persona has inspired more citizens to take up their own superhero identity. This and a crippling boredom prompt Dave to don the Kick-Ass suit once again and take up crimefighting. Dave, however, feels unprepared and asks Mindy Macready also known as Hit-Girl to train him in the ways of martial arts and crimefighting. Things go smoothly until Mindy’s new guardian Marcus (Morris Chestnut) makes her promise to stop being Hit-Girl and try to have a normal life. This leaves Kick-Ass to fend for himself until he joins an upstart hero team called Justice Forever, led by the former gang member and born- again Christian Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). All this is going on while Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) the son of deceased crime boss Frank D’Amico vows revenge against Kick-Ass for killing his father by amassing an army of costumed criminals and taking on the new persona of “The Mother F**ker”.

The Kick-Ass films are based on the graphic novels of the same name written by Mark Millar and are known in the comic book industry as some of the most notable yet violently shocking books. These books cover a wide range of issues including violence, child abuse and rape, all while posing as a superhero comic book.

The most interesting thing about the movies is that while they are initially heavy in their subject matter they are more noticeably toned down than the source material.

The filmmakers seem to know that audiences are expecting a shock fest and downplay the violence for the most part, replacing it with more character development and this really works in the movie’s favor.

The film, which features a different director (Jeff Wadlow) from the first movie, gets two things right. First, it’s not just a rehash of the original. And second, as a super-hero movie, it knows how to introduce characters, both good and bad, build them up and mix them into the plot. For example a new villain by the name of “Mother Russia”, played by Ukrainian body builder Olga Kurkulina, has at least two scenes that show her as a force to be reckoned with and made for probably the most entertaining fights in the movie. Special mention goes to Jim Carrey (and his makeup artist) since he played a legitimate role in the film and his A-list status didn’t get in the way of him playing the character to a tee.

One of the big hiccups this movie has is that it has three plots all fighting for attention. Mindy’s school life, the Justice Forever escapades, and D’Amico’s building of an army of villains. They make it connect if only to not have enough time to spend with the film and its somewhat bloated cast.  This keeps it from reaching near perfection and keeps it as just an incredibly fun popcorn film.

Thanks and See Ya Later!



One Response to “Kick Ass (Self Explanatory) 2”

  1. movieandtvbuff August 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM #

    Mother Russia was one scary bitch.

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