KICK-ASS 2: THE REVIEW

Three years after Dave Lizewski, aka Kick-Ass, burst onto the screen in his tight fitting green and gold wetstuit with Colorado boots and got the crap beat out of him, got annihilated by a car, nearly died and lost all his nerve endings and then introduced us to a decent Nic Cage character and a 12yr old ninja with purple hair who dropped the C-Bomb and slaughtered perps in her sleep the heroes that are left are returning with a few new characters to try and defeat the first super villain – aptly named “The Motherfucker” – (mum it is his character name – I am not swearing willy nilly :)).

 

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Robert Emms, Morris Chestnut, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Mark Millar, Jeff Wadlow, Jason King, Kick-Ass 2
KICK-ASS 2 – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

In this new outing of the much anticipated Kick-Ass 2 it appears the film makers have tried to up the ante, but sadly, in the process have lost the essence of coolness of which the first film had us all cheering. Do not get me wrong, I loved this film, it had enough cool factor to have me crying with laughter at the appropriate places but I did not sit there in awe of the amazing world of Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. Why? Well it is convoluted, for a start, they did too much with it, they had too many characters, they made the characters way more dimensional than they needed to be and THEY TRIED TO MAKE HIT GIRL GO STRAIGHT – screw that!!!’

 

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Robert Emms, Morris Chestnut, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Mark Millar, Jeff Wadlow, Jason King, Kick-Ass 2
KICK-ASS 2 – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

I love Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass/ Dave Lizewski and still find it mind boggling he plays so many amazing characters in film and most of them so much older than Kick-Ass but manages to be the young Dave so well. But let’s face it – as much as AT-J is awesome he is but a ghost being blown away in the wind when it comes to Hit Girl, she is the one we all love. She is a bit older in this film – she no longer looks like a 12yr old baby death machine who makes truckers go pale with her language but is now a nice looking 16yr old girl in the midst of puberty. And there was one tiny downfall right there – her cute killerness had gone, but nay nay, have no fear, the essence of Hit Girl was there and she steals every scene in the film, I have no idea why we do not have a Hit Girl film and seven sequels in the works??????????????????????????????????????????

 

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Robert Emms, Morris Chestnut, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Mark Millar, Jeff Wadlow, Jason King, Kick-Ass 2
KICK-ASS 2 – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

I also love love love Christopher Mintz-Plasse in these films. He was/ is Chris D’Amico/ Red Mist/ The Motherfucker. He was the one who matched Hit Girl for awesomeness onscreen – he is completely stupid, completely rich, completely insane and completely debaucherous and every time he opens his mouth you will be in hysterics. Even his costume alone is enough to make you laugh. His character really stepped it up and went next level after the first film and this is where Kick-Ass stayed kind of lame and bordering on becoming boring. Everyone had a character arc change but Dave/Kick and he is lucky there were a lot of new characters for him to play with. But to me this was also one of the annoying aspects of the film, there were too many other characters in the film. Colonel Stars and Stripes, the big one they have been advertising, acted by the increasingly insane Jim Carrey, was a let down of a character, you see all of it in the trailers, and I found the Colonel just unnecessary. There is also Battle Guy, Ass Kicker, Dr Gravity, Mr Radical, Insect Man, Night Bitch and then the much more interesting villains of The Tumor, Genghis Carnage and personal favourite – the sterotyped to the max Mother Russia – who quickly becomes a murder machine to be reckoned with and the nemesis of Hit Girl.  

 

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Robert Emms, Morris Chestnut, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Mark Millar, Jeff Wadlow, Jason King, Kick-Ass 2
KICK-ASS 2 – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Now I did not like that Hit Girl becomes boring, she tries to live to a promise and not wear the costume and instead become all teenage girlish and gets heart flutters, nearly has a boyfriend and bloody well cries – who is this girl?? But hearing one of her snobby school “friends” say she was “drenched” after watching some teenage boy band (The US version of 1D) was enough for me to let out a little bit of wee while laughing so hard. I did like her eventual revenge but this weapon for revenge was a bit ludicrous and too far into toilet humor it was like Trey Parker and Matt Stone wrote that bit. While I was pissing myself and even grabbed good friend Tom’s arm, who was my guest for the evening to say through tears of laughter “what the fuck”. She eventually comes around, and you know she is going to but really they dragged that out – all we wanted was more Hit Girl and they slowly trickled it out until we got a flood. When she does come back in the “van scene” – it’s in the trailers – no spoilers, it is a great scene but the green screen of her on the roof is woeful.

 

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Robert Emms, Morris Chestnut, Lindy Booth, Clark Duke, Mark Millar, Jeff Wadlow, Jason King, Kick Ass 2
KICK-ASS 2 – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

The film is hard not to love, it is gross, it is crass, it goes over the top as you would expect, it brings in some new, and takes out some old. But it did not bring much more than the first one and I think it delivered slightly less. The annoyances aside it was a guilty pleasure with politically incorrect characters and pooh and vomit and blood and wicked death scenes and more violence than you can imagine on film. But from all of that enjoyment it failed to impress me as much as the first. Now start making a third one goddamnit!!

Kick-Ass 2 is out this Thursday – should be rated X but let’s go with MA15+ and runs for 103mins. If you are a teenager in mind or heart then this one is for you!!

 

3 Pops