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Movie Review: Kick-Ass 2

The posters themselves could give seizures...
The posters themselves could give seizures…

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”. 

Stupid lawsuits.

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.

Oh well.

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

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Late Night Rant: The Finals, Injustice and Selena Gomez

Here’s what’s on tap tonight: 

1. Finals Flame Out? 

LBJ angryIf you know anything about me, then you know that I am a huge LeBron James fan and thus one of the Miami Heat, who are currently up 3-2 in their series against the rough and rugged Indiana Pacers. And even though nothing is guaranteed, it seems likely that they will win one of the next two games and advance to The Finals, where the San Antonio Spurs await after having swept the Memphis Grizzlies. But from what I’ve seen in this series, I’m concerned about my favourite team’s chances to repeat as NBA champions. Both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, two of the Heat’s Big 3, are injured and haven’t been playing well at all. Even in the last game, LeBron ended up taking over in the 3rd quarter (in which he scored 16 of his 30 points) and basically winning the game for his team alone with a little bit of help from one Udonis Haslem (he went 5-5 from the field in the 3rd quarter). If the Heat are to have a chance against the rested and waiting Spurs, then the Heat will need all of their cogs meshing together and that means both Wade and Bosh have to be very good or great. So far they haven’t been impressive. I sure hope I’m wrong about this…

2. Injustice

injusticeIf you love fighting games and you like DC comic book heroes, then you will absolutely love the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or Wii. I have an Xbox, personally. The game is extremely fluid and fun, while allowing you to play with all of the heroes and villains you know so well; such as: Superman, the Joker, Batman, Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor,  Deathstroke, Shazam, the Flash and Ares, to name a few. The game is one of, if not the best fighter I’ve ever played and is just an extraordinary amount of fun. The combos are wicked and the moves are entertaining and exciting. The levels are visually stunning and the story is solid. The game was made by NetherRealm, the same people who created the Mortal Kombat games, and does not disappoint from all of the epic trailers they released. If you’re super intense about gaming, they even break down the moves for you by frame rate; which is kind of ridiculous in my opinion, but I’m sure it’s very helpful. It’s great for casual gamers as well and works beautifully online even with a mediocre connection. Here’s a trailer. So yeah. Pick it up if you haven’t already.

3. Gomez Album and Chat

sg come and get itAgain, if you know something about me, you know that I…err, appreciate what Selena Gomez does and stands for. Very recently she announced that she is going to be releasing a new album (this is coming after just putting out her latest single Come and Get It) and I’m pretty pumped. It’s been a long time since she made any music (I mean a really long time) and I enjoy listening to it. So I’m glad that now I’ll have options instead of just listening to the single on repeat. Gomez also said that she’ll be having a live chat on YouTube this Monday at 7:00PM to talk about the album, answer questions and of course, give away some prizes and stuff like that. It’s pretty cool that she’s been as active as she has been recently and it’s a good sign for fans. As a little extra bonus, she tweeted and posted on Facebook about an upcoming movie that she’ll be in called Getaway. Yes, things are looking up in the world.

Anyways, that’s all I’ve got for ya tonight. 

Stay frosty.