Kick-Ass 2 Review

Well it seems that August is the month for sequels. In particular a film which I’ve been really excited to see, Kick-Ass 2! I thought the first installment was unexpectedly brilliant which could have been down to the Matthew Vaughn effect! Well he’s not directing the second one but he certainly is producing it….oh and so is Brad Pitt.


The Plot

His heroic antics having inspired a citywide wave of masked vigilantes, Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) joins their ranks to help clean up the streets, only to face a formidable challenge when the vengeful Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) transforms himself into the world’s first super villain in this sequel written and directed by Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down). Dave/Kick-Ass and Mindy/Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) are about to graduate high school and become a crime-fighting duo when their noble plans are foiled by Mindy’s strict parents.


Now, as Mindy hangs up her Hit Girl uniform and navigates the treacherous high-school social scene, Kick-Ass begins patrolling the streets with Justice Forever, a fearless group of urban watchdogs fronted by former mob thug Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). They’ve got the criminal element on the run when Chris D’Amico lays his Red Mist persona to rest, and reemerges as The Mother F**ker, a powerful criminal mastermind with a loyal legion of henchmen. The Mother F**ker is determined to avenge the death of his late father, who previously perished at the hands of Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. Now, as The Mother F**ker and his minions begin targeting the members of Justice Forever, Hit Girl realizes that the only way to save Kick-Ass and his new friends is to emerge from her forced retirement, and fight back with everything she’s got. John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Morris Chestnut, and Robert Emms co-star.


The Verdict

I was pleasantly surprised by the first installment and of course I got excited when I heard they were doing a sequel. I suppose what makes this sequel interesting as well was that the characters were growing up (Kinda like Harry Potter) so you get to see them sort of struggle through their teenage years.

Well they have kept true to the violent nature of the graphic novel in both films which is something I’m sure fans will be happy with. There’s a very real story in there with both Kick-Ass and Hit Girl going through the pains of growing up in high school with the lack of acceptance and a secret like being a superhero that can never be exposed.

For me one of the stand out actors was Jim Carrey. I really liked the way he portrayed Colonel Stars and Stripes because it was so unlike his usual persona. Slight change in his voice and even his look was slightly different, really a mark of a good actor.

I think we can expect great things from Chloë Grace Moretz because she’s already such an action hero at 16! I mean some of that mean fighting was really awesome and he handles her role with a lot of conviction as well. Another to look out for is Christopher Mintz-Plasse who goes all psycho villain in this movie.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

It’s got a good mix of action and humour in it! Of course, it’s a silly film and I’m glad that everyone involved didn’t take themselves too seriously.

By Elliott Danker

Kick-Ass 2 opens in cinemas Aug 22

Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

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