Release Date: December 17, 2013
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Jim Carrey
Genre: Action, Comedy
In a world where crime is everywhere what can the average everyday citizen do to stop it? Well, they can slap on some spandex, latex or their favorite Lycra blend and prance around as if they have super powers. At least that’s what the characters in Kick-Ass did and now he’s back with Hit Girl for more comic inspired carnage. Mark Millar’s particular non-family friendly brand of super hero movie is back in theaters and making the streets run red with justice.
The story picks up after the events of the first film. Kick-Ass has given up the superhero life as he found out that it’s pretty f’n dangerous outside of the pages of a comic. Of course, he gets bored with this and gets back in the suit like any other rational person would do, right? Hit Girl has been taken in by her fathers former cop partner, Marcus, and still secretly does the hero thing while skipping school. Red Mist has be one an emo, revenge obsessed nutcase that dreams of nothing but revenge on Kick-Ass for killing his father. All that and now there’s legions of new self made super heroes popping up everyday. As Red Mist begins moving his plot of retribution in to motion he adopts the name the Mother F$&ker and starts becomes the world’s first super villain. He even recruit a super villain army to counter act the growing number of superheroes.
The story is pretty similar to the one in the comics with a few differences to major plot points. Chloë Grace Moretz is as charming as ever as Hit Girl, the blossoming young woman with a sailor’s foul mouth and killer instinct. She was pretty much the star of the first movie an things haven’t changed this time around as she steals the show. Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass/Dave fits right back into his role as well. The newly christened Mother F?#ker played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse to me had the biggest character switch as be had to become a deranged sociopath from the previously cowering nerd out for daddy’s approval in the previous film but he does it with ease and comes across as a real douche. He still has his moments where the bumbling dork in him shows it’s head but he had to do a complete 180 degree turn in character and it works. Jim Carrey’s much talked about role as Colonel Stars and Stripes more of a quick cameo as his truncated presence was a blip within the movie yet essential to the plot. And oh he does a good job playing the character as he sounds like I imagined he would when I read the comics the film was based on. The black guy from Scrubs is in there too.
The action is what you should expect from this film if you know anything about the first one. There’s ultra violence in abundance (but I always thought it fit in the film as it’s purpose is to show the severity of actual fighting in reality). The language definitely makes it worthy of the R rating as there’s enough of the old swear words to make Richard Pryor proud. The cursing though never keeps the dialogue from being clever when it needs to be. The action scenes are once again well done because they seem like real fights as the more well trained fighter wins the day but shows human flaws as they are tossed and smacked around. There’s also the signature dark, raunchy humor found in the first film.
If you saw the Kick-Ass you should definitely check out part 2; as it’s more of what you loved about the first. The main characters are played well by the returning cast and the added star power of Carrey should get the film more viewers in the cinemas. It’s one of those films you go to and just have a good time with.
No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters
If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago.
It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced.
Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.
Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game.
From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.
Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.
The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.
What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?
And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Back to the movie.
Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.
Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.
The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023
Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).
Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm