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About the Movie
Self-made superhero Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and sweet-faced, foul-mouthed assassin Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) try to return to life as “normal” teenagers, but soon they are faced with their deadliest challenge yet. To seek revenge for his father’s death, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) has re-invented himself as the leader of an evil league of super-villains. To defeat their new nemesis, Kick-Ass and Hit Girl must team up with a new wave of masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), in this battle of real-life villains and heroes.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 192
- Fresh: 59
- Rotten: 133
- Average Rating: 4.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: What was once shocking now just elicits a shrug.
Rotten: If it works at all, fitfully, it's because of the precociously talented and in-control Moretz, who basically carries the entire film on her own small shoulders.
Rotten: Although the film has the cheap veneer of female empowerment that comes from having a girl assassin, it is rotten with misogyny.
Rotten: The tone's too rough to be funny. Kick-Ass 2 suffers from being a little too real.
A SOLIDLY FUNNY BUT LESS SUPERIOR SEQUEL TO THE ORIGINAL
New writer-director Jeff Wadlow gives this underdog superhero sequel a drastic tone shift from the first movie. It's still funny, tense, and entertaining for the most part, but never as playfully anarchic and ironic as its predecessor. Now everything is merely played for goofy laughs and self-indulgent grisliness. There's no longer any real subtext, nothing original in the structure or premise, and a clear fear of being too politically incorrect. Even so, it's a pretty enjoyable romp in its own right, with a steady stream of funny gags and snappy one-liners. After the insanity of the first film, Dave (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has hung up his Kick-*** costume and is trying to be a regular teen at school, but he's jealous of Mindy (Chloë Grace Moretz), who happens to be secretly continuing her training as Hit Girl. So he asks her to team up and teach him some new tricks. But when her guardian (Morris Chestnut) finds out, she promises to give up the violence and go back to school. Now Dave has to find a new partner, so he joins an eccentric team of underground heroes led by the crazily enthusiastic Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). But Dave's nemesis Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) still wants to avenge his father's nasty death, so he abandons his alter ego Red Mist and instead becomes a super villain called the Mother…well, I can't actually say the rest, with his own butler/assistant (John Leguizamo) and a crew of minions at his disposal. Will our heroes be able to save the day again? Wadlow briskly leaps from one action set piece to the next, and each scene has a witty sense of humor about it, even if the big, extreme violence is played for rather glamorized fun than the shock value of the first film. Through just about everything, the dialogue is packed with a ton of great, amusing lines that keep us laughing. And Mindy/Hit Girl's parallel plot has its moments as well, throwing her in with the school's stereotypical mean girls, who clearly don't know who they're messing with. Moretz plays the character so well that she makes everyone else in the entire film feel scruffy and simplistic by comparison. Carrey's muscled meathead is a startlingly against-type role that mainly just refuses to go anywhere. Even the star, Taylor-Johnson, doesn't get a chance to characteristically stand out as much as he did in the first flick. The same goes for Mintz-Plasse, whose whining villain rapidly becomes more grating than laugh-out-loud enjoyable. At the same time, the movie on its own can feel rather soft and sloppy. Aside from the lack of originality and fondness for brutal violence, the action sequences are often so cartoonish and nonsensically over-the-top just for the sake of it that they end up providing fewer thrills compared to the 2010 film. The plot here is essentially a build-up to the climactic showdown between Dave and Chris, and while the massive clash is enjoyable over-the-top and gratuitously gory, it can't help but feel clichéd and predictable, especially when it pushes Hit Girl to the sidelines to only battle Chris' equally tough female goon (Olga Kurkulina). That said, this sequel isn't truly a bad flick, but it hardly does much to set itself apart from the far superior original. The action scenes are enjoyably violent (in a mindless sort of way), the dialogue is simply hilarious, and there's even a pretty cool set-up for a third movie at the end. But in terms of storytelling and ironic humor, it just seems to fall short. Nonetheless, if you loved the first film and wanna see these characters in action again, I'd say it's definitely worth a solid rent.
This movie is a great movie! If you loved the first kickass you will definitely enjoy the sequel. Jim Carrey’s character is a comparable replacement for Nick Cage.
The '2' stands for too much of the same
I enjoyed the stand alone original movie, even though I felt it was over the top in profanity & violence even beyond what I expected, but it had an uplifting hero arc & some innocence in the nerd becoming a hero (like the first Spider-man movie) that drew viewers in. However, this second movie seemed like a knock-off of the original as it totally lost the balance between archetypal story, action, & comedy. And Jim Carey didn't really add ANYTHING positive to the movie. In fact, his overacting was more of a distraction from the story & the original cast. Sadly, I doubt that I'll ever watch this film again.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2013
- © 2013 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.