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.