Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Movie Review: Kick-Ass 2
directed by Jeff Wadlow
starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Clark Duke, Donald Faison, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
This movie is rated R.
Kick-Ass 2 is gratuitous and violent. Just like the comic. If you've read the comic and liked it, I think you'll like this new movie, too.
There are small bits and pieces where the movie veers away from what happens in the comic but for the most part, I felt it stayed true to it's source material. In the comic, it's Katie who gets messed up badly but in the movie it's Night Bitch. Hit-Girl goes to jail in the comic, but she doesn't in the movie, etc.
My favorite characters were Hit-Girl and Mother Russia. Jim Carrey did a surprising really great job as Colonel Stars and Stripes. I didn't know what to expect from him from the trailers but I liked how I saw less of Jim and more of the Colonel when watching him. His performance wasn't too over-the-top. Dave has the perfect "pimply faced teen" voice. It would have been better for his character if he were less buff but it goes to show that even if you build up a bunch of muscle, that alone won't make you the greatest fighter. Dave is a crappy fighter. Dr. Gravity was, also, another great character.
The plot picks up a bit after the first Kick-Ass movie. Mindy is starting high school and has to learn how to deal with the popular girls. Good gravy. Those girls look like strippers, especially the "Queen Bee." But that's high school. Kids want to act adult without thinking about any kind of consequences. Those girls got what was coming to them in a disgusting scene with fluids shooting out of both of their ends. Red Mist is no longer the Red Mist. Kick-Ass killed his father. Then Red Mist accidentally kills his own mother. All alone, he takes on a new name. Where he once wanted to be a super-hero like in the comic books he read, he now wants to be the ultimate super-villain: the Mother F-cker. He's intent on getting revenge on Kick-Ass so he builds his super-villain army and goes after everyone Kick-Ass loves after finding out from stupid Ass-Kicker that Kick-Ass is really Dave Lizewski.
The Mother F-cker was great. He was nerdy. He dressed like a freak. He was way over his head with all of the other thugs and mercenaries but he had a lot of money which was the only thing going for him.
This is not a movie I would watch over and over again. Once was plenty for me. It's not an insightful or thought-provoking type of story. Neither was the comic. If you like gratuity, violence and a bit of humor, then definitely check out this movie. I'd give it 3.75 out of 5 stars.