Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

kick-ass-2-2013-rated r posterKick-Ass 2 (2013), Rated “R”
Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë-Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Donald Faison, Robert Emms, Lindy Booth, Daniel Kaluuya, Clark Duke, Augustus Prew, Olga Kurkulina, Andy Nyman, Steven Mackintosh, Monica Dolan and John Leguizamo
Directed by Jeff Wadlow
Reviewed by  Xavier Emaka
Rating: three and a half stars

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For a long time Brad Pitt was the guy in front of the camera, however, with Kick-Ass he took a back seat and let others be the face of the film. It’s too bad the A-list actor didn’t feature on the production team of this one. It doesn’t mean the sequel lacks in quality, though it did lack the charm of the first. In a time where comic book adaptations are getting big budgets, it’s good to see a small budget production brought to the screen.

Kick-Ass’s actions in the prequel motivated ordinary people to become super heroes. They start don masks and start helping others anonymously.  Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor) decides to get more training from Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz). Hit Girl has continued with the legacy her father left. She doesn’t want to train him and requires he prove to her that this is what he wants to do.

Hit Girl has been adopted by Big Daddy’s long-time friend, detective Marcus Williams. Marcus does not want her to follow the path her father took, but she has other ideas.

Meanwhile Red Mist is plotting revenge on Kick-Ass for killing his father. In a fit of rage, he accidentally kills his mother and it’s at that moment he decides his purpose in life is to become a super villain.  He tries developing some skills to help him in his quest, but after losing horribly at an MMA gym he decides that his real power is money.

Red Mist recruits a group of criminals as Kick-Ass is recruited by a group of masked vigilantes. The two are set for an epic clash as Red Mist looks to avenge his father and unmask Kick-Ass. To do that though he must first find out who Kick-Ass is.

I think this is one of the feel-good movies a comic buff has to check out. The explosions aren’t as big, the stars aren’t as bright, but the acting is good and the story line unique.  Aaron-Taylor Johnson gets the opportunity to play lead versus his co-star role in The Avengers series. Jim Carey is entirely different in this film, far removed from the wacky, goofy characters he’s known for. He shows his more serious side as Colonel Stars. In fact I wouldn’t have known it was him had I not seen it in the start.

It’s a fun movie with great lines. The language is strong some might not approve of it, but film is an art and it must offend someone either way.   It really went out of its way to have subplots and Easter eggs. Hit-girl’s character gets a lot more development in this film. Great for the laughs and has a great plot. I recommend it whether you are or aren’t a fan of the comic book.

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