AARON TAYLOR JOHNSON CHLOE GRACE MORETZ CHRISTOPHER MINTZ PLASSE JIM CARREY
KICK ASS 2
Maybe the best sequel of the year (don’t get excited, that isn’t saying a lot) manages to find that flexible line between stupidity, entertainment and an important message for viewers (especially those who think being a superhero is cool). In 2010 arguably the most ridiculous superhero adaptation of all time served as an audition for director Matthew Vaughn, who went on to direct the highly successful X-Men First Class. Vaughn is still a producer here, but Kick Ass 2 is directed by Jeff Wadlaw (Never Back Down). The reason I like these films over other superhero/comic book films is the fact that people actually die, and there are consequences to the fight sequences and there is always a focus on the pain the lead characters feel.
The last time we saw Kick Ass (Johnson) and Hit Girl (Moretz), they had killed the evil father of Red Mist (Plasse). Hit Girl continues to fight crime and train Kick Ass on how to be a better fighter. However, after pleading from her caretaker, Det. Marcus (Morris Chestnut), she decided to hang up her costume. Kick Ass joins other crime fighting, costumer wearing self-made superheroes called Justice Forever, led by Colonel Stars & Stripes (Carrey). After the sudden death of his mother and complete inheritance of his family's estate, Chris moves beyond Red Mist into his new super villain identity, The Mother F***er, wanting nothing more than to kill Kick Ass.
When Jim Carrey refused to promote the film, saying that he had a change of heart after the high profile shootings, it created a media frenzy; even Moretz said “it’s just a movie”. Sure, it’s violent, but no more so than any Quentin Tarantino film. It’s fun and entertaining in an absurd and stupid way. The violence is highly stylized, but unlike all the other PG-13 super hero films, these films show the deadly side to putting on a costume and parading around wanting justice; people die when you use violence and guns.
The winning formula here is the talents of Moretz, who has been acting since she was a child, now a teenager with her cool factor as Hit Girl really stands alone when it comes to female super heroes. Johnson, who looks far too old to still be playing a high school character, impresses me more with each film he does. He is a true star and a very talented actor. Plasse only knows how to play one character; however, I do like the fact that his revenge and evil plot is derived from something very simple and organic. He isn’t out to rule or destroy the world, he just wants to avenge his father. Sure, Kick Ass 2 is over the top, very violent and a bit ridiculous, but if you peel most of that nonsense back it’s one of the more daring and meaningful stories about normal people trying to make a difference. Final Thought – Makes more sense than most Marvel films.
By: Dustin Chase