Dir by Jeff Wadlow
I wasn’t that much of a fan of the first one, to be honest. I felt the tone was inconsistent and the “message” bizarre. The movie started about a kid who gets his ass kicked when he tries to be a “superhero” in a mask, but by the end of the movie there are dudes flying around in jetpacks. Kick-Ass 2 is a bit better at dropping the pretense, but there’s not much to elevate it beyond “not as good as” status in the realm of comic books movies.
The main cast from the first movie is back with only Chloe Grace Moretz looking much different. (Kids grow up, who’d a thunk it?) Kick-Ass is finishing high school while Hit Girl is trying to start it, only she mostly spends her time cutting class and training. Chris “Red Mist” D’amico is still licking the wounds of losing his father and vowing revenge on Kick-Ass. When his mom dies he inherits all his parents’ money and embarks on a new mission as a supervillain, The Motherfucker. Meanwhile Hit-Girl eventually tries to fit in at high school where she gets the lead part in the cafeteria’s production of Mean Girls.
There’s honestly not much to talk about with this one. I felt it was bland at times and the action not very engaging. I kept wondering why this franchise even existed in the genre. Once again the line gets dropped that this isn’t a comic book, it’s real life. Yeah, it’s real life, now watch this comically large Russian woman get her ass kicked by 107 pound 15 year old girl. I could suspend my disbelief when Buffy the Vampire Slayer did it because that show didn’t get beating me over the head that I was supposed to take it literally. Kick-Ass 2 has a scene where another teenage girl has violent diarrhea in the middle of the cafeteria. I know it’s not supposed to be high art, but drop the goddamn lines about how real it all is, k?
Jim Carrey is in the movie, though it’s not like when he dropped into the Burt Wonderstone film. (Which is still a charming movie that is worth the watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon.) Here he plays Colonel Stars and Stripes, a former mercenary who “found God” and became a good guy. He’s not really doing his schtick, at least I say that because I didn’t find him funny in the movie. I know prior to the film coming out Carrey publicly distanced himself, ostensibly because of the Sandy Hook tragedy, but real world violence or not, I would have distanced myself from this piece of garbage too.
You would think that with decades of experience under Hollywood’s belt, green screen chroma key would be no thing in 2013. In many instances, it’s not, but in Kick-Ass 2 the green screen looks half assed and cheap. The stunts aren’t bad but I couldn’t get into the characters or care enough about the story to really give a damn. It’s cartoonish, and this franchise would be better if it dropped the whole “this is real” nonsense and just be movies about teenagers trying, and succeeding, to be superheros.
Kick-Ass 2: D+