MTV Review: Kick-Ass 2
Round 2 for Kick-Ass isn't as honed the original, but it’s still a sequel that kicks ass in all the right places...
Monday, August 12, 2013 - 13:29
UK Release Date: August 14 2013
Running Time: 1 hour 43 mins
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison.
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Plot: Since Dave Lizewski (Taylor-Johnson) donned his mail-order outfit and Kick-Ass took to the streets in 2010, more and more everyday citizens are now donning superhero guises and patrolling the streets of New York. Led by Jim Carrey’s Colonel Stars And Stripes, a new force is mobilizing to protect the streets of their fair city and Kick-Ass is invited to the party.
Meanwhile Mindy (Grace Moretz), now under the guardianship of her father’s ex-partner Marcus, continues to wreak vigilante havoc as Hit-Girl while Red Mist (Mintz-Plasse), hell-bent on revenge is cooking up a plan to end Kick-Ass for good after our hero blew up his father with a bazooka.
Best Scene: Hit Girl decimating a handful of henchmen while holding on to a van going 60 mph was one of the best in-transit fight scenes we’ve seen in a long time!
Best One Liner: Adapting to life as a normal teenager Mindy makes it clear to Marcus that she’ll never get on board with a certain pop star: “I’d rather be water boarded than listen to Justin Bieber.”
Date Movie or Mate Movie? Unless your date has a fondness for watching people receive endless baseball bats to the face, we’d suggest taking your own henchmen instead.
Scene Stealer: Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s abs. In every scene.
WTF Moment: We’ve got just two words for you: sick stick. Mindy gets her own back on the high school bitches in the way daddy taught her best…
Summary: With tough superhero boots to fill, Kick-Ass 2 doesn’t quite match the hype. The script lacks punch, however the fight scenes more than make up for it.
Jim Carrey refreshingly once again steps out of his comedic comfort zone as Colonel Stars And Stripes, while Moretz’s scenes as Mindy navigating the perils of high school were some of the most engaging scenes in the movie.
Kick-Ass and Mintz-Plasse’s new alter-ego The Mother F**ker journey to find and define themselves, but this character soul-searching hinders their roles from hardly crossing paths until the lacklustre finale.
In short, even if it isn’t as honed as the original, it’s still a sequel that kicks ass in all the right places.
By Michael Pell @mtvuknews
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