It is nearly the end of August and we’ve been watching big comic book—or resembling something from a comic book—sequels since almost the beginning of this year. I would be lying if I said fatigue hadn’t set in. So I expected very little of Kick-Ass 2.
Based on the comics by Mark Millar, the first film in this series garnered significant media attention for featuring a 11-year-old foul-mouthed killing machine named Mindy Macready, or Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz), as well as the rumour that director Matthew Vaughn raised the funding for the film by throwing a party for several High Net-worth Individuals.
So here we are again, and now Hit Girl is a teenager, and she is living with her guardian Det. Marcus Williams (Morris Chestnut) because !!SPOILER ALERT!! her father succumbed to his injuries in the earlier movie.
The title character Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has given up on his life as a superhero and is content to live his life as high school kid Dave Lizewski. But Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is still upset about the fact that his father was killed by Kick-Ass in the previous movie, and he still craves revenge. So when the opportunity presents itself, he styles himself as the world’s first super-villain and vows to avenge his father’s death by killing Kick-Ass.
Mark Millar’s comic book world is messed up. It is not filled with the easygoing good versus evil stories you’ve come to know and love. Sure the villian’s name is a popular swear word, but it’s not like the fifteen-year-old girl is all sweetness and light either. Her guardian has to set up a new vessel because the original ‘Swear Jar’ is overflowing from all the times Little Miss Macready has put one dollar in for saying a bad word. Also, the way she deals with the mean girls at school is not the kind of stuff you’d expect from the average teenager.
Jim Carrey pops up to play a muted but still pretty badass character called Colonel Stars and Stripes and a lot of mayhem ensues in a narrative that moves along at a fast clip.
The previous film’s director Matthew Vaughn has handed over the reins to Jeff Wadlow, and to my mind this film came together a lot better than the previous one. There is a genuine ebb and flow to the story and Mindy and Dave’s civilian lives are juxtaposed very nicely against their vigilante realities.
Final Analysis: This is a better made movie than the original and the story that was begun in Kick-Ass is tied together pretty well in Kick-Ass 2. I think the real pleasure with this film is going to come from watching it as a double feature with the previous one.
My Advice: Watch it for sure, especially if you are a fan of the previous movie.