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Movie Review: Kick-ass 2

 
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Prinz Lee wrote this review 3 years and 3 months ago

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Taking off right where it ended, “Kick-Ass 2” morphed from a fun tale of heroic wonders, good deeds, and cringing outcomes, to a brutal layout that comes full circle and runs with the idea in the most vicious way one would ever imagine, making it that much more intense and enjoyable.

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and young vigilante Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave.  With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.  Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own.  With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with “Justice Forever,” run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey).

Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets,  the world’s first super villain, The Mother Fucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad.  But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of “Justice Forever,” you mess with them all.

I just want to start off by saying this piece is rough, rugged, and raw! Playing less on the comedic side with leveled violence we saw in the first movie, Director/writer Jeff Wadlow goes the opposite way, taking Kick-Ass creator Mark Miller’s tale of ballsy, heroic teens and turns it into a vicious outlook that tackles vulnerabilities, will, loyalties, and self-identity.

On a much broader scale, this time around we get to see the other side of Kick-Ass, Hit Girl, and Red-Mist (a/k/a The Mother Fucker). Due to circumstances, we’re exposed to their vulnerabilities taking a toll on their lives, leading to a lot more drastic decisions now that they’ve established who they are.  Adding to their new lives, we’re also exposed to partnerships they developed along the lines that not only help elevate their new-and-improved personas, but introduce a whole new league of characters that takes the story into a whole other level.

What makes this sequel enjoyable is its continuity. Although the plot remains somewhat the same, it’s its sick, twisted story that keeps it moving. Coming off pretty much like a failed Marvel or DC universe going through puberty, this harsh film also had some new stand-out characters. One being Mother Russia (you’ll see why) and an interesting Colonel Stars and Stripes – whose twist I did NOT see coming or expected. If I may add: the soundtrack to this movie was pretty good too. There are several scenes pertaining to The Mother Fucker and his crew that runs parallel to some awesome music, intensifying whatever evil was in store.

Despite its inevitable criticism for its over-the-top violence, along its “misguided” superhero appeal towards kids, the movie does what it has to do – and that’s sticking to its graphic novel existence, thus making this a kick-ass experience. And whether or not Mark Miller, or Jeff Wadlow, aim at paying homage to those who do take our nation’s streets dressed up as heroes we’ll never really know. If anything, there’s a great documentary titled “Superheroes” that opens our eyes to the real versions of Kick-Ass, or Hit Girl, that I truly recommend.

Overall, even though the violence may be brutal with sporadic, harsh jokes, “Kick-Ass 2” isn’t a bad film. Is it a tarnished look into what “The Avengers,” or “The Justice League” may be on acid? Sure. But that doesn’t take away the film’s might and unique take within its story-line, characters, and overall era it’s taking place in. As an R-rated film, parents be warned this is not for your little bundles-of-joy. This isn’t geared for the light-hearted. That said; stick around for the ever-so-famous post-credit scene. (Yes, they’re teasing at a possible third.)

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Grade: B / Genre: Action, Crime, and Comedy / Rated: R / Run Time: 1 Hr. 45 Min.

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Morris Chestnut

Directed by: Jeff Wadlow

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