Kick-Ass 2 (2013) Review
Kick-Ass 2 is a lot of fun and whilst it may not be as excellent as the first film it has its moments. It’s a little hard to describe this film in a review, when its good it’s really good and when it’s not it’s quite boring. The continuation worked quite well from the first film and the theme of real world superheroes was expanded to Justice Forever (loved that) with some new “heroes”. The characters aren’t as consistent or memorable as in the first film and there was little connection to the big deaths. I have more complaints and nit-picking so read on. I’ll go into much more detail below but for now bookmark this if you are waiting to see the film, leave any comments below, if you have seen the film then check out the spoiler sections and I will look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts.
“You don’t have to be a bad-ass to be a superhero. You just have to be brave.”
The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.
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Story: 70% Acting: 80% Characters: 80% Dialogue: 65%
Action/Superhero: 75% Style/Sound: 60% Visuals: 70%
The story is laid out weird, it kind of doesn’t have a star or end, the whole film feels like middle. This does happen to sequels sometimes, but considering this maybe the last one I’d have liked a nice good definitive ending. The acting was pretty terrible from most of the cast but Chloe Moretz did show her young talent even if her character wasn’t as strong as in the first film. Still not a fan of Aaron Johnson acting and Jim Carrey was barely in the film, had like 3 lines of dialogue. I have more to say but its spoiler territory so look out for the spoiler section.
On an action stand point it was great, had a lot of fun with the film. Hit Girl was kicking ass and anything involving Mother Russia was pure entertainment. The film also had some great kills and fun fight choreography equal to the first film. As a superhero film it didn’t really have too much of a point. I am not sure if its no point or too many superhero themes at work, do superheroes cause super villains? Belonging, Revenge, Justice. But my main point is how the film couldn’t choose between Hit Girl and Kick Ass to be the main character. Films need focus to work and this film just couldn’t pick one story.
Seriously guys turn away now to avoid spoilers. Everybody who reads my reviews know I love a good few deaths in my film, however this film goes overboard with the significant kills. For example Javier is killed which is significant to Chris D’Amico, then Colonel Stars and Strips gets killed which is still big but being five minutes after Javier seems somewhat cheapened and then Dave’s dad is murdered and by this point I don’t care as much as I should, which is a shame. They didn’t kill the dog though and that’s a classy move, but why don’t we see the dog again, should have bitten someone’s fruit and berries off at the fight near the end. The only other thing that annoyed me was Hit Girl in high school and whilst it is a great preview to her in Carrie wasn’t the unstoppable Hit Girl from the first film that we all came to love. I did love the Incontinence weapon at the high school though, and she’s back!
Don’t forget my trailer review.
The best reviews I found would be these:
“Kick-Ass 2 is a lot of fun. It’s just about as awesome if not more so than the original, its violent, over-the-top, ridiculous, hilarious and doesn’t care about who it offends. I wasn’t expecting the film to be as good as it was but it exceeded my expectations and was a lot better than a lot of the films I’ve seen this summer.” Hyper Sonic. Full Review
“hough the first one added an extra feeling to its punch, Kick-Ass 2 still delivers on the action, the violence, the humor, and the fun turns from its cast, but also doesn’t know whether it wants to be a serious superhero movie with disturbing bits and pieces of violence thrown in it, or a comedic superhero movie, with disturbing bits and pieces of violence thrown in it.” Dan the Man’s Movie Reviews. Full Review
“Kick-Ass 2 is a kick-ass sequel to a kick-ass predecessor. It may have had pacing issues and a slight lack of originality but it still delivered as a film of pure entertainment. The humour and violence were still the same and was not any more or any less funny or gruesome than its predecessor.” Film Reviews & Lists Full Review
My favourite scene would have to be anything with Mother Russia and especially the scenes outside of Night Bitches house with the cops, it was like a zombie game, blowing up gas canisters, throwing lawn mowers through windows and ripping car doors off Arnold Schwarzenegger style.