Movie Review - Kick Ass 2 - Not as much Ass Kicking, but still fun!
If you haven't seen the original, Kick Ass 2 might leave you with more questions than anything else. The history is what makes it fun. The 2010 original was a clutter breaking sleeper hit. It had so much shock value, that you were left speechless. The consequences of a teenager (Kick Ass - Aaron Johnson) pretending to be a superhero were dire and lead to so much gore. Add to that a bad mouthed, ass kicking teenage girl (Hit-Girl - Chloe Mortez) and an unusually bad-ass dad (Big Daddy - Nicholas Cage), Kick Ass truly was a film like no other. So, Kick Ass 2 had so much to live up to.
What's it about?
After the death of Big Daddy, Hit-Girl now lives with her adopted father who is a policeman and who wants her to live a normal teenage life. She can't even swear without having to pay a penalty for it. So, you see an unusually subdued Chloe trying to blend in with the girls. Kick Ass on the other hand wants to team up with her and make a formidable vigilante team, like the dynamic duo! When she refuses, he joins a rag tag team of misfit superheroes, lead by an ex-mobster Colonel Stars & Stripes (Jim Carrey). Now, if you have seen the first movie, you would know that Kick Ass blows up the mobster Frank D'Amico with a bazooka! So, his son takes up the mantel of being a Super Villain (MotherF$#@er) and creates his own team of villains to take revenge. And then there is mayhem. What kind? Well, you have to watch the movie for that.
Even though the film is named Kick Ass, the real attraction, like the first film, is Hit-Girl. Even though she is subdued for most part of the movie, you can't help but be amazed by Chloe Moretz's performance. She plays the confused teenager, who is trying to decide whether to lead a normal life or get back to her ass kicking vigilante ways, to perfection. Whether it is the Hit-Girl trying to restrain herself from swearing or cutting off hands of bad guys, she is just peerless. Plus, this film has a jamboree of interesting characters, like the irrepressible Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars & Stripes. Jim gets into the character so brilliantly, that it is hard to recognize him. His gait, his voice, his appearance is measured to perfection. Unfortunately, his role doesn't last too long. Then there is the maniacal super villain ( Chritopher Mintz-Plasse) who really reminds you of Vector from Despicable Me! He is goofy, he is a klutz yet wants to be the greatest villain alive. He really leaves you in splits every time he tries to do something villainous and fails. And, then there is the action. Though not as much as the predecessor, the action is spectacular.
What doesn't work
Now, if you are a fan of the first movie, this might disappoint you because the makers dilute everything that was so kick ass about it. The action is lesser, the gore is lesser, the swearing is lesser, Hit-Girl is subdued and Kick Ass is more cautious. The first half, though fun, is not very entertaining. You keep anticipating Hit-Girl to hit out, but she just lays low. It's only in the second half that the film turns explosive. But, the climax is not as Bazookastic and leaves a lot to be desired. Overall, though this would be enough to satisfy a person with a weak stomach, but it won't satisfy the gutsy fan base of the first film. Plus, the writers try to blend in a lesson about real life vigilantism, which is weak and really doesn't drive home any point. They seem to forget, the movie is not about the mindful message, but the mindless mayhem!
To see or not to see?
Well, this is a tough one. If you haven't seen the first film, you are more likely to enjoy it yet remain confused. So, watch that before you venture into the theatre for part 2. And if you are a fan of the first film, then you might be a tad disappointed. But you must still watch it because even though it doesn't have as much ass kicking, it is still too much fun!
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