Blast from the Past: Kick-Ass 2 — MOVIE REVIEW

Jim Carrey and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Kick-Ass 2.

I have to be honest. When it was announced that they were making a sequel to Kick-Ass, I was pumped. Well, at the time, it was titled “Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall.” But they ended up changing that to the basic title they finished with. But, as things started getting announced, I got legitimately worried. Matthew Vaughn didn’t come back as director; which sucks because I love Vaughn’s previous work. Plus, I didn’t know if I could buy Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s Red Mist as the main villain. Then we saw Jim Carrey get cast, which I actually liked; but his comments towards violence didn’t help the movie’s case too well. But with Jeff Wadlow taking over as director, does Kick-Ass 2 come close to the first one? No.

When I first saw this in theaters, I wasn’t a huge fan. I still liked it, but I definitely knew this wasn’t going to even compare to the brilliance of the first Kick-Ass. You don’t get Mark Strong as a villain, you get McLovin. You don’t have Nicolas Cage or the excellent direction of Matthew Vaughn. I knew this was going to be a completely different movie. It would prefer action over drama, and that is what we got. But did it have to take away ALL of the heart too? Sure, there are scenes that have the possibility of affecting you because they are touching or sad. But at the end of the day, they don’t matter because they are surrounded by scenes that are so shitty, that it takes away anything good you’d feel towards it.

Kick-Ass 2 is pretty straightforward. Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) aka Kick-Ass gets trained by his new partner in crime Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz) aka Hit Girl. But she decides to hang up the costume because she needs a normal life and not one filled with throwing knives and cutting off appendages. So Dave joins a bunch of normal citizens who also have been inspired to fight crime. This group is lead by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). This is all while Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) aka Red Mist…wait…sorry, his new name is the Motherfucker; plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows.

What is Hit Girl doing the entire movie while the rest of the guys are playing Justice League versus The Legion of Stupid? She is enacting an unwanted sequel to Mean Girls. Yep, that’s right. Cheerleading, boys, bitchy teenagers, and a pooping device (I guess that’s how it would be described) that pushes this movie into the “Just Plain Stupid” category.

Not to completely take a dump on this movie, but it is pretty bad. There are some really great parts though. The epic battle at the end was pretty badass and certain deaths might make you mutter “Holy shit.” But again, it is surrounded by mediocrity. Jim Carrey stands out as one of the best parts of the movie. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is terrible. Sorry, I like the guy usually, but his new Chris D’Amico is just bad. Bad acting, bad delivery, bad everything. And the attempt to make this feel comic book-ish by giving the bad guys names like “Mother Russia” and “Genghis Carnage” is a poor attempt at best. The best scene Mintz-Plasse is in happens to be a scene where he visits his uncle in prison. His uncle is played by Game of Thrones veteran Iain Glen, and he steals the scene completely. I would rather have watched a movie all about the bad uncle rather than this crap. The stuff that was supposed to be funny just wasn’t and the stuff that was supposed to be badass only worked a third of the time.

This movie also just throws away the relationship between Dave and Katie that was set-up in the first movie. The entire Hit Girl story was a bore. I didn’t care about her popularity issues in high school. And if they were attempting to try a romance between Kick-Ass and Hit Girl, they should just stop. It is awful and kind of makes the ending underwhelming. I honestly don’t even know if I want to watch another Kick-Ass movie. They will probably make a third. If they do, please PLEASE remove Jeff Wadlow as director. Bring back Matthew Vaughn because this was bad. It is a crappy sequel to a great movie that should have never happened.

Cast:

Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass
Chloe Grace Moretz as Mindy Macready/Hit Girl
Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Chris D’Amico/The Motherfucker
Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes
John Leguizamo as Javier
Donald Faison as Dr. Gravity
Morris Chestnut as Detective Marcus Williams
Clark Duke as Marty
Garrett M. Brown as Mr. Lizewski
Iain Glen as Uncle Ralph

WHAT I LIKED:

+: Jim Carrey was awesome as Colonel Stars and Stripes. He should have gotten A LOT more screen time.

+: Some of the action sequences looked good and the final battle was pretty badass.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:

-: Mindy’s entire storyline was a bad idea. It was ripped off from another movie and was much worse. I didn’t care and no one else did either. Horrible.

-: Christopher Mintz-Plasse was so bad, it was cringeworthy. He overacted so much, I can’t even begin to describe it.

-: Justice League vs Legion of Doom may have sounded like a good idea on paper but…..

-: Justice Tame vs Legion of Stupid was, as you can probably guess, kind of lame.

-: Undid a lot of what the first film did. Added some action. Removed the drama, emotion, and all of the heart.

-: Jeff Wadlow’s direction is embarassing.

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