Dat Lady Gaga ass.
The critics are shitting all over it, but I really enjoyed Kick-Ass 2. The top criticisms I see are that it’s too violent and vulgar. Lol wut? Then what the hell did they like about the first one?
Yes, the excessive violence and juvenile swearing is back, but that’s a good thing for fans of the first! It still retains the same sense of fun and is its own brand of superhero movie, which is refreshing in a summer filled with them. This time around, it pays homage to everything from Watchmen to Mean Girls, and also draws some inspiration from real-life “superheroes” like Phoenix Jones. However, it deviates quite a bit from the comic, so purists be warned.
The characters have a little more more purpose driving them, especially Hit Girl. Chloe Grace Moretz really steals the show with her performance. The novelty of a kid cussing up a storm and murdering people was cute the first time around, but now she’s older, and the character has grown too. She gets to show a more vulnerable side as she deals with teenage insecurities.
Jim Carrey is pretty great, but is deprived of the one or two extra scenes necessary to really make a lasting impact. If you haven’t read the comics, the ads may have misled you into thinking he’s a main character.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is a ripped and handsome dude who can convincingly act as a nerdy do-gooder.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse has fun being a bratty, rich loser who is mentally unhinged, while John Leguizamo plays a good straight man as his bodyguard/voice of reason.
Riley from Jett Jackson and Turk from Scrubs also show up as eager crime-fighters (She’s sexy, he’s funny), while the beast of a woman who plays Mother Russia is awesome to watch as she royally fucks shit up.
There’s sort of a muddled message the movie tries to send about heroics and being yourself, which could be seen as corny or misguided. I didn’t feel too strongly about it either way. Some of the tonality shifts are abrupt, and when the shift is from crude humor to mean-spirited violence, I can see how that can turn some people off. If this isn’t your type of movie, I totally get that. But if you know what you’re in for, and you’re not expecting a literal adaptation, you should have a good time.
Just as good as the first, even if its not as fresh.
Morello flashbacks for season 2. Make it happen!