14A) Kick-Ass 2
Running Time: 103 Minutes.
1 star out of 4.
2010's Kick-Ass, was an original, funny, well acted, extremely well directed, and entertaining film. The follow up titled Kick-Ass 2 is not even close to the quality of the first film. It is standard popcorn entertainment, with corny jokes, bad direction, and a horribly written screenplay. The film takes place about two years after the events of Kick-Ass, and again follows teenager Dave Lizewski and his alter ego Kick-Ass. Dave has joined a group of superhero's led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey) who are performing good deeds around the city. The Red Mist is forming an evil army and is plotting revenge on Kick-Ass for killing his father in the original Kick-Ass. Kick-Ass 2 is mediocre and occasionally fun film.
The original Kick-Ass, is one of my favourite films. I recently saw it, and was blown away by how director Matthew Vaughan (who produced the sequel) balanced the comedic, dramatic, and violence in an R Rated superhero film. The action sequences were very well staged, and resembled the violence in some famous Tarantino films. Vaughan used NO shaky cam, and each action sequence was filmed differently. The best part of the film was 11 year old Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) whose use of profanity, and violence was surprising, memorable, and very funny.
Now, on to Kick-Ass 2. I went in the film excited and hoping the filmmakers would capture the same magic that they did in the first film. I hoped that the film, would be as profane, funny, well acted and directed, and have excellent action scenes much like the first film. Kick-Ass 2 fails, where the first film succeeded, and it is hard to watch the film without thinking of the great quality of the first film. The film suffers because the screenplay is too silly, the plot doesn't make much sense, and has no logic. The performances are still great, with the standout again being Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit Girl, and in a brief yet effective role, Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes.
Kick-Ass 2 contains many action sequences, but none are thrilling, and this is because, director Jeff Wadlow films them using the shaky cam technique. This makes it very hard to understand what is going on during the supposedly complex action scenes.This film is fun, but when you compare it to the quality and high calibre set by the original, you cannot help but feel disappointed. I really hope there is a sequel, only to correct the wrong done by this film, and I hope Matthew Vaughan is involved as director, because without him, Kick-Ass 2 suffered.
I did enjoy some things in this film such as, the strong performances from the cast, the score, and the few fun and entertaining scenes, as well as the dynamic between Aaron Taylor Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz’ characters.