Kick-Ass’s insane vigilante bravery has inspired many - budget superheroes have all teamed up to form a ‘Justice League’ wannabe team called ‘Justice Forever’, led by the bad-ass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). Meanwhile Red-Mist is reborn as ‘The Motherf**ker’ (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows….
The first movie kicked-ass (no pun intended), it was one of 2010’s movie highlights – perhaps due to Matthew Vaughn’s directorial aid. This time around take-over director Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down – 2008) does struggle and makes the film feel less as a result. Trying to stick to the foundations that successfully molded its predecessor, Kick-Ass 2 somehow loses track of its winning formula.
Whilst adapting most of the screenplay from Mark Millar’s comics (which are quite dark and rapey) – the movie is added with more ‘real’ life situations. Leaning on the post of over-the-top Mean Girls to-the-extreme. By the way, the next time we see Chloë Grace Moretz, she will be again be bullied by the popular kids in 2014’s Carrie. Causing her to show off her ‘powers’ once again…
Continuing on the violence, swearing, decapitations and not so subtle nick-names the film does produce an uncomfortable nature – and with some scenes extending it’s humour that little too far that it doesn’t make us chuckle the way it should.
Regular cast, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz were still excellent in their roles and bring excitement to their next projects (2014’s ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Carrie’). As an added bonus Jim Carrey pulls off a very bad-ass Colonel Stars and Stripes. Which is nice, compared to the usual Carrey Ventura typecast. The very probable meaning of the film is improvised by Carrey’s character ‘Try to have fun, otherwise what’s the point’?
Not being the film of the year it still gains and place as one of the most entertaining. With even more hype expected from the third installment – this blockbuster still fulfills comic fan-boys wet dreams.