Kick-Ass 2 accomplishes what most sequels try to do. It moves the characters and the story forward without over-staying its welcome. While the first outing was the more successful movie, Kick-Ass 2 is still a fun ride from start to finish.
When we meet Dave, he has hung up his Kick-Ass costume while trying to survive high school. Mindy Macready (Hit Girl) has started Freshman year of high school, but is still secretly fighting crime throughout the streets of New York. Mindy starts training Dave to be the ultimate badass and during these sessions, Kick-Ass has become stronger than ever despite the fact that he can still get beaten up by thugs.
Due to the request of her guardian, Mindy must stop being hit-girl and start living a normal teenage girl’s life. What Kick-Ass 2 does so well is the fact that they showed just how messed up school life can actually be. While fighting criminals may be a dangerous job, trying to survive the Hell that is high school can be even deadlier. It’s interesting to see Mindy’s transformation from Hero to student.
With Hit-Girl out of the picture, Kick-Ass is looking for people to team up with. When Dave first put on the Kick-Ass costume, he inspired plenty of people to go out and keep the streets safe. He eventually meets a group of heroes called Justice Forever. The group consists of Dr. Gravity, Battle Guy, Insect Man, a duo called Remembering Tommy, Night B***h and their leader, Colonel Stars and Stripes. They go and fight crime together and they love the joys of being with a group of heroes, but all of this crime fighting is making one person angry.
Chris D’Amico (Red Mist) is still angry about his father’s death by the hands of Kick-Ass. He is determined to be the world’s first super-villain. Red Mist has “died” and now The Motherf****r is born. He starts small, but quickly publicizes his crimes in hopes of getting the heroes to fight him. Unfortunately, this makes a world where masked vigilantes are hated. There is no room for heroes and villains alike.
What Kick-Ass 2 amazingly does is that it tackles the lives of the individual heroes. Sure, there are movies like the Iron Man series and the Superman series where the heroes seem invincible. They can take beatings and still get up for the next challenge. With a movie like Kick-Ass 2, there are consequences for actions committed by the characters. Characters live, others die and some characters are even left cut up and heavily damaged. The world of Kick-Ass 2 is a more believable and realistic world compared to other comic series and that’s what I really like about it.
Kick-Ass 2 also has some brutal action. Surprisingly, the action is lacking compared to the first movie, but these sequences are still brutal and extremely visceral. There are a few stand out scenes in the movie, but there aren’t as many memorable moments this time around which is very unfortunate. The humor is also pretty funny. There are jokes and visual gags about bodily functions, sex, high school and more that land with flying colors. The humor is one of the biggest highlights overall.
The characters are also very developed this time around. Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl are as likeable as they were in the first movie. It’s great to see Hit-Girl get more of the spotlight this time. There’s a lot more detail into their civilian life which is very appreciated. The Motherf****r is also a pretty decent villain and absolutely hysterical. His gang called TMC (I can’t post the real name here) is an impressive group of villains even if they don’t get that much screen time. The group consists of Mother Russia, Black Death, Genghis Carnage and The Tumor. The problem with TMC and Justice Forever is their development. While the characters in both groups are intriguing, the writers didn’t give them as much care as they did with Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl and The Motherf****r. All of the main characters had so much depth!
The acting was pretty good too. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz are delightful as our two main heroes. It was great to see Moretz tackle a different side of Mindy while still being completely awesome. Her scene with the Sick Stick will forever be in my memory.
Jim Carrey was insanely funny as Colonel Stars and Stripes despite his dialogue being pretty lame. He improvised a few sequences and those were his highlights. The downside to watching his performance had to deal with the controversy surrounding his role. It’s tough to really enjoy someone who publicly calls out the movie they are acting in. Christopher Mintz-Plasse totally nailed his role as The Motherf****r! Most of my criticism of his role in the first movie involved the fact the he still reminded me of McLovin. With his role in Kick-Ass 2, I feel like he finally ditched that phase and I could take him seriously.
The supporting cast including Donald Faison as Dr. Gravity and Lindy Booth as Night B***h. It doesn’t hurt that they have both been in good roles before. Despite having limited screen time, these two always brought their best to each scene they were in.
Kick-Ass 2 had some negatives. The pacing was great, but the movie ended too quickly. It clocked in at about an hour and 40 minutes. I felt as if the movie could have gone on for a little longer. While the movie is still pretty realistic compared to other comic book movies, the director of this movie made plenty of action scenes seem cartoony. There was a scene with Hit-Girl fighting thugs on top of a moving van. That sequence took me away from the movie. Lastly, when the dialogue was smart and funny, the movie hit high notes. Unfortunately, there were a few moments were Kick-Ass 2 fell flat due to dialogue.
The first Kick-Ass movie took the world by storm. It was a movie that wasn’t extremely anticipated. It had a following, but this was a lesser known comic series. With a small budget, Kick-Ass was a huge success that deserved a sequel. 3 years later, we finally got that sequel and while it’s not as good as the original movie, there is still much to love about Kick-Ass 2. The characters are awesome, the story advances the characters, there is plenty of realism, it’s hilarious and it’s vicious at times. Let’s just hope that the movie makes enough money to justify making a Kick-Ass 3. With one book to go, it would be great to see the conclusion play out on the big screen. Kick-Ass 2 is a blast, but it may not be the experience that many were expecting.
Make sure to stay after the credits for a short, but funny scene!