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“Kick-Ass 2” – Early Review (POSITIVE)

August 14, 2013

Screen shot 2013-08-14 at 7.35.40 PM“Kick-Ass 2” was the nice kick to the ass this summer movie season needed. For the most part, this summer season has been kind of dull, with the exception of a couple of films. What we needed is the mindless, bat-shit crazy, violent, anti-hero, comedy, action pic fans of the 2010 original have been craving for. Although the movie seems to have lost that indie charm and harsh brutality that made the original so…AWESOME, the sequel still finds ways to maintain it’s overall luster.

When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and young vigilante Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnston), they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire-leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own.

With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother Fucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), formally known as Red Mist,  assembles his own evil league, and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad (Mark Strong). But, there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.

A summer ridden with comic book movies after comic book movies, it’s nice to get one of those comic book films that basically gives the other ones the middle finger with a sinister smile that only Jim Carrey’s Col. Stars & Stripes could give away. Sure, “Kick-Ass 2” is not as good as the original, but, what makes this movie a saving grace from becoming a total failure are a few things; one, the cast is great , especially Miss. Moretz, as we see a newer side to the infamous Hit Girl. Part of this film is based on the Hit Girl prelude comic, her experiences in high school, not to mention a clearer understanding to the Mother Fucker’s back story.

I enjoyed the scenes of Hit Girl having to deal with the bullshit of high school and how she learned to face it head on the Hit Girl way. People with weak constitutions and/or stomachs may not like how she learns to deal with high school bullying, but it was affective. The Mother Fucker isn’t criminally mastermind by any stretch of the imagination, but he does have the right criminal mob boss mentality; with lots of money, you can by your way to defeating your enemies, again, it’s affective (for the most part).

Screen shot 2013-08-14 at 7.35.51 PMThe movie takes a few necessary changes from the original sequel comic, and for better or worse I think fans of the comic will walk out satisfied with the overall outcome. An example, Jim Carrey’s character is a combination of two separate characters from the comic Col. Stars & Lt. Stripe, now Col. Stars & Stripes which was without question one of the best supporting characters of the film, which saddens me, because his role in the film didn’t last as long as I had imagined. He meets the same fate as the character does in the original comic, but I was hoping for more Carrey. The climactic battle has changed scenery, going from an epic bout in the middle of time square to the Mother Fucker’s swank hideout.

Look, if you loved the first movie, and I mean really loved it, then you’re gonna walk out of this movie with a big smile on your face and will be counting down the days to purchase the bluray copy. However, much like the first movie, it may be a turn off for a lot of people, it doesn’t necessarily have the same punches as the original did, but it leaves the same affect. Take it for what it’s worth, I myself enjoyed the hell out of it.

GRADE: B+

Special Thanks to Christine Labonté for attending the screening and sharing her input.

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