In 2010, Kick Ass breathed new life into the superhero movie genre, with it’s over the top ultra-violence, tongue-in-cheek humour and memorable cast of wannabe superheroes. The titular hero is not a Man of Steel but a normal kid who is fed up of being pushed around and who wants to do some good in the world. The film explored the real life consequences of being a superhero and the darker side of the superhero/sidekick relationship.
Kick Ass is already considered to be one of the best super hero movies ever, so the sequel had a lot to live up to! I have to say I’m a huge fan of the first movie and this time around, I walked into the movie theatre expecting the sequel to be disappointing. ‘How could it possibly be as good as the first one?’ I thought. It’s worth mentioning that the sequel has received mostly mixed reviews and is considered by most critics as a disappointing follow-up. However I completely disagree! In my opinion Kick Ass 2 is not only a perfect follow up, but one of the best superhero movies ever made. Kick Ass 2 is Kick Ass on steroids! It’s bigger, louder, noisier, funnier and filled with even more scenes of ultra violent carnage!
Kick Ass 2 picks up where the first movie left off, with Mindy (Hit Girl) struggling to lead a normal life and Dave still trying his luck as an amateur crime fighter. Meanwhile, Chris (Red Mist) played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse is also on a journey of self-discovery and is determined to fulfil (what he sees as) his destiny and become the worlds first true super villain, choosing the moniker of The Mother F****R. In many ways Mintz-Plasse is the break out star of Kick Ass 2. He not only has wonderful comic timing but also manages to portray the character as a genuinely sympathetic and tragic figure.
As well as the returning duo of Kick Ass and Hit Girl, we are introduced to a new team of superheroes Justice Forever, led by former mafia enforcer turned born again Christian, Colonel Stars and Stripes played by Jim Carrey. It really is a shame that Jim has distanced himself from the role, as it’s his best in years. The Mother F****R plans to avenge his fathers death by assembling his own army of super villains, the most memorable being Mother Russia, a sadistic hench-woman best described as a female Ivan Drago.
I really struggle to understand why critics have not received the film as warmly as the first. When The Dark Knight Rises was released last summer, it inexplicably received a host of rave reviews and it was an abomination. Kick Ass 2 does everything a good sequel should do, it further develops the core characters and expands their world. Kick Ass 2 is a fantastic follow up and in my opinion, even manages to surpass the first movie.
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