Friday, August 16, 2013

Kick-Ass 2 review

Kick-Ass 2 is tasteful, elegant, and beautiful in a way. It really shows the horrible terrors of street violence but doesn't offend. Kick-Ass 2 has heart.
Nah, I'm just messin' with ya.
Kick-Ass 2 is incredibly violent, stupid, and heartless; yet very enjoyable all the same.
The first Kick-Ass came out in 2010, was directed by Matthew Vaughn, and didn't have a huge potential. Sure it had Nicholas Cage, but he hadn't been in anything good since Adaptation. Yet, it did fairly well critically and commercially. I also enjoyed it quite a bit. Kick-Ass didn't need a sequel. It was perfectly fine as a stand alone cult hit. Yet, Hollywood saw an easy chance for cash and took it. Enter: Kick-Ass 2 or Another Hollywood plot to beat the living hell out of the dead horse or the plan to make a franchise out of anything (see: Paranormal Activity, Taken, Men In Black, Shrek, etc..) And while Kick-Ass 2 fails to capture the fun and self deprecation of the original (and is very unnecessary) , it's not completely sucked of any enjoyment or fun. The plot of the film is Chris D'Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) wants revenge on the vigilante Kick-Ass for killing his father in the first movie. Meanwhile, Kick-Ass's (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) alter ego, Dave Lizewski, manages being a superhero and forming a team, while simultaneously staying alive. Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) manages being a teenager and being a superhero (while simultaneously dealing with her dad's death). Not as complicated as it sounds. Anyway, as I said this movie didn't need to be made. And as mediocre of a movie it may be, it entertained me and certainly killed a few hours of my otherwise boring day. Hey, it's a summer action flick. Actually, a late summer action flick. I'm not gonna be a cynical ass, who just nitpicks the movie and doesn't understand that this wasn't meant to be Oscar bait. But, I'm not gonna praise this film and say a bunch of crap about how great it is because believe me, Kick-Ass 2 isn't a great movie. The plot is very predictable and formulaic, but it also has a few strange quirks and oddities that I very much appreciated. Jeff Wadlow directed this and I think they should have choose someone else. Besides the nicely shot action sequences, he did a very mediocre job. I wish Matthew Vaughn had come back for this. The acting is sub-par at best but Grace Moretz does nicely as Hit-Girl. Jim Carrey is mildly humorous as Col. Stars and Stripes, an ex-mafioso who is a born-again Christian and fights crime. Carrey distanced himself from the film for it being too violent after all the horrible shooting tragedies of Sandy Hook and Aurora. Although it's "just a movie", I can see where he was coming from. Kick-Ass 2 is really violent. I mean not just guns. A dude gets mauled by a lawnmower! This isn't a superhero flick for the kids, that's for sure. Although, the name Kick-Ass 2 doesn't really shout "Next Great Family Movie"! Yes, this has been getting a lot of flak, some of it deserved, but I honestly enjoyed this film. To some extent. Of course, Kick-Ass 2 is nothing compared to the original. Seriously, watch the original before you even think about seeing this. Kick-Ass 2 isn't for everyone. It's violent, profane, and not entirely original. Yet, it's also kind of fun and exciting. Maybe not worth the $11 though. I give Kick-Ass 2 3 out of 5 stars. You can follow me on Twitter @WhitsMovies and like me on Facebook at! Happy Viewing!    

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