This is the film that Jim Carrey refused to promote once it came out as he stated it was too violent and he didn’t want to be seen as supporting that. An overreaction in my books. Yes, the film is violent and no, I do not support violence, but it is done in such comic book style in this film that the violence becomes laughable and not scary.
Carrying a big desire for revenge due to the death of his father at the hands of Kick-Ass, Red Mist, after the death of his mother at his own hands, has transformed himself into super villain, The Motherf*#ker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse – Superbad, How to Train Your Dragon). The Motherf*#ker, now in control of his family’s huge fortune, buys a variety of bad guys from around the world to create a gang that he will use to go after Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Kick-Ass, Savages).
Kick-Ass or David has the comfort of having Hit Girl or Mindy (Chloë Grace Moretz – (500) Days of Summer, Hugo) by his side. That sense of well being is ripped away from him when Mindy tells him she can no longer be Hit Girl because of a promise she made to her guardian, Detective Marcus Williams (Morris Chestnut – The Call, Boyz in the Hood), and her deceased father.
David now has to find a new group of super heroes to fight alongside. With the help of his new friend Dr. Gravity (Donald Faison – from television’s Scrubs) they join forces with a group of self-made super heroes called Justice Forever made up of Battle Guy (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Croods), Insect Man (Robert Emms – War Horse, Mirror Mirror), Night Bitch (Lindy Booth – Dawn of the Dead, Wrong Turn), Tommy’s Dad (Steven Mackintosh – Underworld: Evolution, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Mum (Monica Dolan – Never Let Me Go) and under the leadership of Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective).
Not deterred by Justice Forever, The Motherf*#ker goes ahead with taking out everyone that Kick-Ass cares about. It going to demand more of these super heroes than they ever thought they were capable of.
To start off any review of this film you have to emphasize that this is all about fun. There is a lot going on with the satire of super hero versus villain stuff and throw in some teenage drama like trying to fit in with the cool kids and dealing with all those hormones. Somehow director Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) gives enough time to each aspect and keeps us interested in it all.
The first Kick-Ass was a surprise success and the second one lives up to the hype. It does not copy what it did the first time around, but manages to stay true to its essence. There are a few trivial annoyances while watching Kick-Ass 2 such as the underutilization of John Leguizamo, but they do not overshadow the enjoyment.
Full of eye popping action and lots of laughs, Kick-Ass 2 shows that you can successfully develop a comedy action series.
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