Kick Ass 2 [Review]
Kick Ass 2 was no less violent and obscene than the first, but was actually more enjoyable. The story and characters seemed more developed, mostly because they were, and the action was more refined. Even with that refinement, it was impossible to forget this is a comic book movie, mostly because they kept reminding us. I enjoyed the first movie, but never came back to it. It didn’t seem to have much to say beyond what was on the surface. That doesn’t feel like the case with the second. There were hints of actual substance in this movie, perhaps I need to return to the first and re-examine it, I might be wrong (read, I am probably wrong).
Kick Ass 2 picks up a few years after the first film. Inspired by Kick Ass ordinary citizens have started turning super hero and taking to the streets. David Lizewski / Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), attempting to live a normal life has hung up his costume. While Mindy Macready / Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) refuses to let it go. It doesn’t take long for David to become inspired himself and he teams up with Mindy to start training. The training is interrupted when Mindy is caught being Hit-Girl by her adopted father, Sergeant Marcus Williams (Morris Chestnut) and pressured into retiring in favor of a “normal” life. Leaving Kick Ass on his own he turns to the internet to team up with Doctor Gravity (Donald Faison) who in turn introduces Kick Ass to Sal Bertolinni / Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). Colonel Stars and Stripes invites Kick Ass to join the Justice Forever team of superheroes. Their efforts take a turn for the worse when the world’s first super villain, The Mother Fucker / Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) turns up. The world’s first super villain, with the help of his assistant Javier (John Leguizamo) creates the world’s first team of super villains, The Toxic Mega Cunts, whose single goal is to kill Kick Ass, and everyone he loves.
Kick Ass 2 was directed by relative newcomer Jeff Wadlow, who did a great job, especially directing some of the big personalities in this film. I hope to see Wadlow evolve as a director in the years to come, he is off to a very good start. One element this director should take some credit for is the performance given by Jim Carrey. Anyone who has paid attention to his carrier should be aware that he could deliver a very good performance. I don’t know how hard he is to work with, or how much direction he needed, but as I’ve said before, the actor’s job is to do what the director tells them to do, and to do it better than the director imagined. I couldn’t imagine any way this performance could be any better. His character was rich and detailed enough that the actor, who is far from unrecognizable, nearly vanished in the illusion. I was impressed. The only thing stopping Jim Carrey from being the next Gary Oldman is the fact that he is Jim Carrey. My second favorite performance in this movie was from Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity, if I have to say why you are obviously not familiar with Donald Faison. He was much more serious than we usually see him, which was very fun to watch.
This was an incredibly fun film, it felt more developed, and better constructed than the first. The returning cast is obviously more seasoned, and delivered much better performances. Kick Ass 2 get’s 4 out of 5 asses from me.