‘Kick-Ass 2’ Review: ATJ & CGM Return for Action-Filled Sequel

Posted in Film, Reviews by - August 15, 2013
‘Kick-Ass 2’ Review: ATJ & CGM Return for Action-Filled Sequel

I think we can all agree that the best part of the Kick-Ass films is Hit Girl, played by the amazingly talented Chloe Grace Moretz. It’s CGM that makes this character so interesting, scary and awesome all at the same time. Although Aaron Taylor-Johnson is great as our lead character, Kick-Ass, I’m pretty sure its Hit Girl that garnered all the controversy and had the best scenes in Kick-Ass.

For whatever reason, director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) of the 2010 film did not return for the sequel and screenwriter/director Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) too his place. The main problem with Kick-Ass 2 is that there are few scenes with Hit Girl and the violent action sequences come off as senseless. We are missing the emotional core (and score) that grounded the first film. Although, Kick-Ass 2 has its problems, I still enjoyed it as a fun, summer action flick.

Kick-Ass 2 picks up some time after the events of the first film. Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz) are high-school teens, attempting to live a normal life without prowling the streets as Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. However, still both wanting to kick some evil butt on the streets, Dave decides to start training with Mindy. But when Mindy’s guardian (Morris Chestnut) finds out she’s reprising her role as Hit Girl, he makes her promise to stop and take advantage of the little childhood she has left.

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Dave goes solo, but not for long, when he finds a group of do-gooder vigilantes led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). Dave joins forces with the group as they battle Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), the super-villain known as The Motherf*cker.

Director Wadlow succeeds in maintaining the continuity of the characters that we all grew to love in the first film and there are several fun action scenes that will blow your mind. ATJ is a fantastic actor and its fun to see him again as Kick-Ass, I just wish there were more scenes of him and Hit Girl together!

Kick-Ass 2 can’t touch the originality of the first film and Jim Carrey is fine as our supporting superhero character, but he just can’t touch Nicolas Cage’s Big Daddy in the first film. Chloe Grace Moretz makes any film better, but when you take her out of the superhero costume, you’re denying the audience what they came to see the movie for.