A sequel wasn’t completely guaranteed following the first one but as it was something of a sleeper hit it was only a matter of time. Kick-Ass 2 is based on two sequel comics to the original story: the Hit-Girl miniseries and, unsurprisingly, Kick-Ass 2. But since the film still follows the continuity of the original movie it by default can only adapt so much from the comic it’s named after. However my main concern with the film was that Mathew Vaughn, who directed the original AND X-Men: First Class which was my favorite X-Men movie, would not be returning to direct this film (also he would not be directing a sequel to X-Men: First Class either, presumably because he hates us all).
But Hit-Girl is here and Hit-Girl was the reason we all loved the first one. So there’s hope.
Full review after the jump.
"Now come one; the soup kitchen ain't gonna man itself"
The best thing about this movie was easily depiction of the new superheroes that appeared in this film. Likely inspired the “Real Life Superhero movement” that popped up over the last half-decade I really enjoyed how most of the heroes were mostly eccentric good Samaritan who worked at food kitchens and brought awareness to things like child kidnapping. They was aren’t just shown as being bored crazies with no lives (although there implication was that they probably were in many cases) but rather concerned everyday people who wanted to make a different. In the real world this is what I also like the most about the Real Life Superhero movement; putting on a goofy mask and acting as a neighborhoods watch is A-Okay in my book.
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The problem many had with the first movie was that Kick-Ass felt like a supporting character in his own film but if you recall in my review I said that I was okay with that because it felt like he was more of a POV character who has gotten involved with a war between Big Daddy/Hit Girl and the Mob and that was the story we were supposed to be watching. Even so the film clearly tries to fix this and have Kick-Ass be more of the focus and they kind of succeed. Unfortunately it turns out that Dave Lizewski is a boring ass character. Even his character development from the last film is basically wiped away in the first few minutes of the movie (“I’m bored now. I better go back to fighting crime despite EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED TO ME BACK THEN”). There’s not much to Dave; he's an awkward teen (somehow he’s still a teen?) who escapes reality to pretend to be a superhero in the exact same way he’d done before. It’s not particularly interesting to see that story again, especially as it rushes through most of the beats. But you know what was the most interesting story of this film? Chris D'Amico’s story.
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Speaking of Hit-Girl I want to point out that despite being several years older (the eleven year old foul mouth killer thing can’t happen anymore) I still loved Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl. The best scenes of this movie were Hit-Girl kicking ass, just like the first film. Unfortunately she doesn’t do as much. Instead she spends most of the film being retired and dealing with mean girls issues at school, which is fine except that I wish there was just more slicing up criminals to go along with it. The sad fact is that even here Hit-Girl is a significantly more put together, or at least more interesting, character than Kick-Ass and we want to see more of her rather than Dave. However unlike the first film this flick seems to be trying to fight against that. As bad as it sounds I paid to see “Hit-Girl Returns” as opposed to “Kick-Ass 2” and I suspect a lot of people did the same thing only to be disappointed.
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Though Kick-Ass was a great movie its sequel, like many sequels before it, doesn’t really re-capture the lighting in the bottle. It’s similar but has significantly less to say. I wish this movie was Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl working together to save the day, but we didn’t really get that. That said it has plenty of good points and is far from a bad film. It’s still has some great action and a lot of fun moments. It’s more than enough to justify checking it out. But at the end of the day if you loved Kick-Ass and are looking to recapture the experience you may better off just re-watching the original.
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-Has a great cast
-Christopher Mintz-Plasse is awesome as the villain
-The action sequences tended to be pretty fun
-Hit Girl is still cool
-Kick-Ass is a pretty boring main character
-Some of the coolest characters are underused
-Not enough Hit-Girl doing what she does best
-Some script problems