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Kick-Ass 2 Review

 
 
Overview
 

Director: Jeff Wadlow
 
Actors: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey
 
MPAA Rating: R
 
Release Date: 14th Aug 2013 (UK)
 
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Total Score
 
 
 
 
 
3/5


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Bottom Line

I’m not entirely convinced that Jeff Wadlow really latched on to what made the original movie so appealing and this really shows; however despite this, Kick-Ass 2 is still an enjoyably twisted and fun movie with enough laughs to keep you going.

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Posted September 1, 2013 by

 
Full Review
 
 

2010′s Kick-Ass took a lot of people by surprise; and I was fortunate to have seen it first time round in the cinema with absolutely no clue what to expect.   There’s no denying that a big part of the original movies success is the combination of the “real world” setting with the shock factor of wildly inappropriate profanity and over the top violence.

In Kick-Ass 2 it’s almost as though this explosive cocktail has been watered down and rendered inert.  The dialling up of ludicrous characters and scenarios takes us firmly out of the real world and into the comic book fantasy land that the original was seemingly lampooning; and while the language and violence have probably also been taken up a notch it oddly feels like they’ve been toned down.  Whether that’s down to residual numbness from the first film or simply due to new writer/director Jeff Wadlow not knowing how to wield such tools in the same way as Matthew Vaughn I’m not sure.

Much of the problem comes down to the plot and pacing of the movie – too much is squeezed into the 103 minute runtime and the end result is that we see some snippets of brilliance that are never fully realised.  I would have loved to see more from the superhero super-group Justice Forever – the centrepiece of which being a near show-stealing Jim Carrey – however it all seemed to be rushed along in order to make more space for the extremely lazy and cliché-ridden “Mean Girls”-esque sub-plot featuring Hitgirl (though the pay-off from that is worth it).

Equal parts cringeworthy and rage-inducing, and perhaps the single most insulting thing I’ve seen as a movie-goer.

It’s little surprise that this is a movie which focuses more on Hitgirl than it does on Kick-Ass; but when you throw in the various side plots and the glut of extra characters then Dave Lizewski becomes an extra in his own film, though I’m not convinced that this is an altogether bad thing. Christopher Mintz-Plasse provides probably the best performance as well as the majority of the laughs as The Motherf*cker (a name which elicited a huge juvenile laugh from everyone in the cinema I was in each time it was mentioned) – but the tone of his character is a bit confused at times – are we supposed to laugh as he prepares to commit rape or are we supposed to feel that this is a line being crossed for his character?

The focus on Hitgirl would perhaps be more effective if the focus was actually on Hitgirl – however for the most part we’re subjected to the Mindy McCready coming of age story that hits all of the tired tropes of every other teenage angst movie out there – although even they don’t stoop quite as low as the unforgivably awkward crow-barring in of a promotional music video for UK boy-band Union J that we’re subjected to in this film.  Equal parts cringeworthy and rage-inducing, and perhaps the single most insulting thing I’ve seen as a movie-goer.

I’m not entirely convinced that Jeff Wadlow really latched on to what made the original movie so appealing and this really shows; however despite this, Kick-Ass 2 is still an enjoyably twisted and fun movie with enough laughs to keep you going.  Some of the set-pieces are impressive and the “smaller” performances from the likes of John Leguizamo and Iain Glen help to raise the overall standard of the film.

It’s almost commonplace for movie sequels to focus solely on the most popular elements of their predecessors and it certainly seems that Kick-Ass 2 is no exception.  Given that this is a movie based on a comic then it’s perhaps unfair to criticise Wadlow too much for plot and direction; however it definitely feels like this is a film that could have been so much more, and perhaps in different hands it would have been.

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Miky Morrison

 
Jaded gamer and heavily opinionated glutton of all things entertainment. Without those people in the black box that sits in the corner of my room my life would be utterly without meaning. Founder of AFK Magazine (both times) and co-founder of Split Infinity Radio.


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