Directed by Jeff Wadlow
Screenplay by Jeff Wadlow
Based on Kick-Ass 2 and Hit-Girl
by Mark Millar
John Romita, Jr.
Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson
ChloŽ Grace Moretz
Music by Henry Jackman
Cinematography Tim Maurice-Jones
Editing by Eddie Hamilton
Studio Marv Films
Distributed by Universal Pictures
2013 (United Kingdom)
16 August 2013 (North America)
Running time 103 minutes
Country United Kingdom
While the hilarious brutality of Kick-Ass might have been
lost in the sequel, it brings forth something all together new and,
forgive me for bringing up Man of Steel again, but if you're
looking for a movie that puts superheroes into a more realistic
setting, stop looking for a guy in a blue body condom and start
looking for a beat up teenager in a green wetsuit.
A few years have passed since Dave first became a superhero for the
hell of it and got tangled up with a couple of real-life vigilantes
and helped take down a crime family. Now new homemade
superheroes are popping up all over New York City and Dave, partially
because he is bored and partially because he was dumped by his
girlfriend, decides to step back out into the game. This time,
however, he enlists the help of Hit-Girl who has grown up into a
teenage girl. Still fighting crime and cutting evil's balls off,
she tries to balance the promise she made to her dad, the dearly
departed Big Daddy, and her adopted dad's hope that she can still lead
a normal and safe life.
Meanwhile, Chris, the man formerly known as the turncoat superhero The
Red Mist, has been thirsting for revenge ever since Kick-Ass killed
his dad with a bazooka and has become the world's first super villain,
The Motherfucker. Determined to make Kick-Ass pay for his
father's death, the Motherfucker assembles his own team of bad guys
and begins to wage an all out deadly war against superheroes.
While Kick-Ass 2 starts slowly, goofy, and awkwardly, I'm
starting to wonder if it wasn't done on purpose to gently ease the
audience into the heavy shit that it has stored in the back room ready
to douse on the unsuspecting moviegoers like a bucket of Carrie pig
blood. This movie goes dark and it goes serious quick. In
some ways, it works -- as I said, it out-realisms Man of Steel and
does pose some very interesting dramatic questions about self and
What it loses, sadly, is the humor and frenetic energy of the first.
When I first watched the original Kick-Ass I made the statement that
some of the Hit-Girl fights rivaled and surpassed the fights in the
Matrix sequels. Honestly, it's an opinion I still hold.
In Kick-Ass 2, there are no memorable action sequences.
Not a one. As a matter of fact, aside from a nice but not
thrilling van fight sequence, Kick-Ass 2 is actually pretty action
also thin on laughs. As Chloe Grace Moretz has grown up, the
laughter derived from saying "snatch" and "cocksucker" and killing
people has diminished quite a bit. As a result, the wrongness
and shock value of Hit-Girl has been forever lost, but the movie
doesn't seem to understand this. It doesn't understand that the
iron is no longer hot. Still, Hit-Girl is presented as though
she is still edgy and she's not.
Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes is wasted in this movie.
To be honest, under all of the heavy makeup, his part could have been
played by Precious and no one would have known.
So, Kick-Ass 2... not as funny and not as action packed.
What does it have?
It's got a more than decent look into a world where superheroes and
super villains are real. The steps that characters take are
logical and would probably work even if the absence of a competent
police force is a little weird. I would even venture to say that
the villains of Kick-Ass, despite their extravagance, are
probably some of the most clever comic book villains I've seen in a
while. Screw killing the heroes in costume, they are smart
enough to track them down out of costume while they're alone!
As I said, though, Kick-Ass 2 goes dark and I would almost
say a little too dark for a comedy. If the laughs aren't there,
even at black humor, the movie appears cruel and this movie gets
really goddamn cruel.
Still, it's not a total loss. It is a decent movie and it's a
decent sequel, but it's not the vibrant shower of blood and
inappropriateness that I was hoping for and for that, it's a