<Review by: Daylynn DeSouza>
Directed by Jeff Wadlow. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Morris Chestnut
This is not your average superhero movie. For one thing… nobody in this movie has super powers. So why is the Kick Ass franchise so… well Kick Ass? All you need to know is that the name speaks for it self.
Kick-Ass 2 (originally it was going to be called Kick Ass: Balls to the Wall) is the sequel to the 2010 film Kick Ass. And before you even think about the question, yes, you do have to watch the first part to fully enjoy this one. They do go through the trouble of restating facts from the last movie but there are no flash backs so do yourself a favour and watch the first movie before you watch the action packed, hilariously entertaining and even slightly emotional tale of growing up that is Kick-Ass 2. It’s a movie that isn’t afraid to approach almost any topic. And what’s great is the minimal use of CGI with more focus on the characters and emotions.
Let’s get to the plot:
The movie picks up after the events of the last film, Kick Ass a.k.a young Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has retired from the hero business and is trying to cope with the boredom of being mundane. Hit Girl a.k.a Mindy Macready (Chloë Grace Moretz) however is still fighting crime and trying to lead a double life while she’s in the custody of her guardian Detective Marcus Williams (Morris Chestnut). Dave approaches Mindy and asks her to train him so that he can be a better crime fighter. She reluctantly agrees but after a short stint Mindy is forced to retire from her role as Hit Girl. And, Kick Ass must now search for a new partner.
He gets more than just a new partner, he finds a new Team: a bunch of other heroes who call themselves the Justice Force, led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). Meanwhile, Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) decides to become the worlds first Super Villain – The Motherfucker. While Mindy struggles with being just a normal teen and trying to fit in, The Justice Force have their own problems to face with The Motherfucker recruiting his own team of Super Villians. I can’t divulge too much more without ruining the plot of the movie for you but you can expect projectile vomiting and diarrhea, guns, throwing knives, swords, baseball bats, nunchucks and an entire slew of other awesome stuff.
As far as the acting goes, as it was the first movie the real star isn’t the main protagonist but rather it’s Hit Girl and Captain Stars and Stripes. Chloë Grace Moretz and Jim Carrey simply blow you away with their acting and just their characters in general. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Kick Ass aren’t too far behind them in this movie though. The character growth for Kick Ass in this movie is tremendous. The only thing better than the acting and the story is the music. Kick-Ass 2 has got to have one of the best (if not the best) soundtracks of any comic book or superhero movie out there.
The adrenaline-fueled action was creative yet not lacking in gore, violence or bloodlust especially when one of the new Super Villains namely Mother Russia (Olga Kurkulina) gets involved.
So before you retire to your own little superhero lair be it your Fortress of Attitude or your Fat Cave (both these names are taken by me so come up with your own) after a long day of craziness, be sure to watch this movie.