Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Moretz tore up the big screen in 2010's awesomely violent Kick-Ass, but replicating the smashing entertainment of the first movie proves to be an issue in the follow-up.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Moretz tore up the big screen in 2010's awesomely violent Kick-Ass, but replicating the smashing entertainment of the first movie proves to be an issue in the follow-up. Kick-Ass 2 packs some of the same punches as its predecessor, but it's just not as much fun. Hit-Girl (Moretz) makes killer moves, Kick-Ass (Johnson) fumbles through crime-fighting, and as usual, evil roams the city streets. There are new tweaks, though: Jim Carrey turns up as a superhero who takes his night job way too seriously, and the new villain in town is The Motherf%&*^r (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), previously known as Red Mist. Still, it's not enough to top, or even match, the excitement of the original.
We find Mindy (aka Hit-Girl) entering high school after the death of her father (RIP, Big Daddy). She's not adjusting very well, and in no time, she enlists Dave (alter ego Kick-Ass) to skip class to start training with her. The problem is, now she's under the care of Detective Marcus (Morris Chestnut), and she agrees to put aside crime-fighting for his sake. It's a huge bummer, because Hit-Girl is one of the best parts of the film. While Kick-Ass 2 benches its best player for most of the movie, it does bring in a team of new characters, but they fail to fill the void completely. To get more of my thoughts on Kick-Ass 2, just keep reading.