Kick-Ass 2 hits theaters today and Kick-Ass returns with a group of normal citizens who have now been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows. So here is the real question, does Kick-Ass 2 live up to the original? Let’s see….
Kick-Ass 2 does not disappoint but it also does not surpass the awesomeness of the original. I will never forget that holy shit moment when Hit-Girl saves Kick-Ass from his first home invasion. Hit-Girl enters and not only kills everyone but does in a very bloody and gory unexpected fashion. That scene really set the tone for how bloody the rest of the movie would be. KA2 does not deliver the same in-your-face blood and gore but makes a noble attempt to still do so. Maybe it was a change with the directors?
Hit-Girl loses none of her bad-ass traits and only matures into more of a bad-ass. While the storyline takes her down a path of trying to redirect her life into that of a normal high school teen, as you can guess she eventually reverts back. The storyline associated with her attempt at a new life is very similar to Mean Girls but with a Kick-Ass twist of course.
After the Credits?
The movie is left open-ended but on a good note. Will Kick-Ass be a trilogy? Damn right it will be. This is a film you need to stay after the credits for to bring everything full circle.
New Super Heroes/Villains
Kick-Ass is joined by a new group of super hero friends who are essentially as useless as Kick-Ass himself. Besides Colonel Stars and Stripes played by Jim Carrey. A former mob henchmen turned born-again christian and good guy who now leads the group of wanna-be super heroes. The new crew consists of Battle Guy (Clarke Duke), Dr. Gravity (Donald Faison), Night Bitch (Lindy Booth), Insect Man (Rober Emms) and two parents who don’t have super hero names.
The Mother F%*ker, formerly The Red-Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) puts together his evil-league consisting of trained bad-ass killers. Mother Russia (Olga Kurkulina) is the most dangerous of the bunch along with Genghis Carnage (Tom Wu), The Tumor (Andy Nyman) and Black Death (Daniel Kaluuya).
Overall, the additional characters fit into the storyline very well. The superheroes were nothing super at all, just like Kick-Ass himself, and the villains were all trained killers. The hero roles were justified with different and unique back stories while the villains were justified by the incredibly generous salaries provided by The Mother F%*ker.
Also, I thought Mother Russia on the poster above was Kurt Russell when I first looked. Waited for him the whole movie….. Comment below and let me know your thoughts.