First rule of going to see a movie like this: don’t trust the ratings system.
When I walked to the theatre with my friends to grab tickets early, the sign outside the theatre and the rating on the ticket I bought said that Kick-Ass 2 was rated 14A.
This is obviously laughable if you have any idea whatsoever of what the graphic novel-inspired flick is about.
I watched the original Kick-Ass about a week prior to viewing the sequel and enjoyed it much, much more than I thought I would. Before seeing it, I never had any deep desire to seek it out, knowing what little information I did about it; that it was some sort of twisted and colourful superhero parody and that the plot couldn’t be that much more complex than Kick-Ass’ costume.
IMPORTANT INFO: I have never read the graphic novels, so my opinions are solely based on the films.
I was somewhat incorrect about the first Kick-Ass. Yes, there was an extreme and unnecessary amount of swearing, there was a small bit of nudity and a fair bit (although not even close to Kill Bill level) of gore.
But the story impressed me more than I thought it would and the characters actually were memorable. It was something new that I’d never really seen done before. The concept, “can a normal person be a superhero”, has been brought up before, but never done in quite so a way as in Kick-Ass.
Also, the story is clearly aimed at teenage-early adult audiences and although crude, is disturbingly accurate in terms of how people of that age talk and act.
Anyways, moving on to the film at hand now.
Kick-Ass 2 brought back a much more jacked Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and a much older Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz), as well as Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who’s changed his name (as he makes the swift and inevitable change from hero to villain) to something I cannot risk typing out in this review for fear of some child’s mother reading it and calling me up saying, “My daughter/son reads all of these! How DARE you write such a- blah, blah, blah”.
This flick had everything the first movie had that made it unique: ordinary people dressing up as heroes, colourful costumes, swearing, blood, lame jokes, serious content and stuff that just made you sit there with your mouth open, thinking, “Did they really just say that?”.
The thing that really set Kick-Ass 2 apart from the original for me was the fact that this one had more serious content than the first. I also think that the actors had gotten a little better at their jobs; certainly Hit-Girl.
The movie actually made you feel attached and hurt when some of the major characters were lost. It showed a different side of the main characters as well. Kick-Ass was more grown up in this movie, and a little darker than he was in the first.
Hit-Girl, too, showed a different side of herself; letting vulnerability take over at one point and having to try and deal with her life as a teenage girl.
Altogether, the serious and emotionally enticing scenes were what made the movie worth seeing even more so than the awesome fight scenes and smart-mouthed characters.
Personally, I wanted to see Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl succeed much more so than in the first film, because I felt more attached to them in the second go round.
Oh, and how can I forget?! You can never go wrong with a movie that has Jim Carrey in it. He played Colonel Stars and Stripes and was one of the more intriguing characters in the movie. He also looks a lot older now, like, a lot older, so thankfully I didn’t keep seeing him in my mind’s eye as Ace Ventura.
I know there’s a funny joke I can make somewhere here about him being in both a movie about superheroes where he plays a hero and a movie about a mask where he wears a mask but … I just can’t think of one.
If you were into the original Kick-Ass, then you’ll love this movie. If you don’t like anything I’ve mentioned above, then seriously don’t see this movie.
For example, if you’re my parents. They still don’t understand why I’d waste my time watching something like that…
Rating out of 100: 82