Kick-Ass 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2010 hit, Kick-Ass. It takes place where the last film had ended. Dave aka Kick-Ass and Mindy aka Hit Girl are in high school and they are trying to live normal lives. But that all changes when Chris D’Amico aka The Motherfucker wants revenge for his father’s death. He goes on a mission to take down everyone who considers themselves a superhero.
When the first Kick-Ass came out, it took me by surprise by how much I loved it. It was a fun, adrenaline fueled movie that was exhilarating for the entirety of the movie. Kick-Ass2 had a lot to live up too and while it wasn’t as good as the first, I still had a lot of fun at the movies.
I usually don’t talk too much about the plot but I just wanted to say that this felt more like a Hit Girl film. Don’t worry, Kick-Ass still had plenty of time in this film. Hit Girl was trying to make a self-discovery by fitting into the real world. Because of that, I thought the first act of Kick-Ass 2 was very weak and dull. I had the feeling of disappointment coming on but luckily the last two acts made up for the lackluster first act.
Kick-Ass 2 introduced to a whole new series of costumed, wannabe superheroes and villains. Aaron Taylor Johnson (Savages, Anna Karenina) and Chloë Grace Moretz (Hugo, Let Me In) reprised their roles as Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), formerly known as Red Mist, decided he wanted to become a super villain and changed his name to The Motherfucker. I never pictured Chris as a super villain but he actually blew me away by how vicious and menacing he made his character. Jim Carrey has a great supporting role as Colonel Stars and Stripes. It was one of the better roles that I have seen him in recently.
What I liked about Kick-Ass 2 is that it was very unpredictable. That’s what made the second and third act great. There were some awesome action sequences especially one that featured a villain called Mother Russia. Olga Kurkulina, who plays Mother Russia, is this massive bodybuilder that could destroy anything in her path. I hope to see more of her in the future assisting other bad guys.
Kick-Ass 2 is not a good as the original but still a lot of fun and worth seeing in the theater. There were a lot of new superheroes and villains to gawk at and plenty of humor to keep you laughing throughout. If you liked the original then you will enjoy this film. If you decide to go see it, there is an extra scene after the credits so stick around.
3.5/5 – A Strong Effort