Review: Kick-Ass 2

Originally written for The National Student here: http://www.thenationalstudent.com/Film/2013-08-20/Film_Review_Kick_Ass_2.html

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Does this film live up to its predecessor? Yes, yes it does. Kick-Ass 2 is just as exciting and entertaining as the first with some truly dark twists and turns.

The film follows Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) trying to lead normal lives after their superhero pasts, but this doesn’t quite go to plan. Red Mist, changing his name to The Mother Fucker, seeks revenge on Kick-Ass for killing his father and is determined to do anything to get it – including hiring some of the most dangerous people on the planet to help him.

The alternative superhero film ticks all boxes in just the same way as it did before. There are some hilarious lines and its warped storyline continues to highlight the realistic consequences of trying to be a superhero in a world similar to ours – shit gets out of control and it’s all your fault. The harsh underlying realism is why the franchise has been so successful and is what makes it so enjoyable to watch.

Hit Girl’s storyline is predictable but Moretz is on top form as ever – she is just as bad-ass and there’s nothing greater than watching a girl save a boy from danger as opposed to the standardised reverse situation.

Highlights of the film include two new characters: Donald Faison (aka Turk from Scrubs) as Dr Gravity is perhaps the most likeable person in the whole of the film and Mother Russia (Olga Kurkulina) is a truly inspired super villain.

Those of you who are expecting violence won’t be disappointed as there’s more than enough to fill your boots with. There are some inventive new methods of execution and enough of the red stuff to fill a blood bank. It’s a surprise this film is only a 15 until you remember that being 15 means you’re nearly in sixth form and it is therefore a suitable rating.

Jim Carrey (Colonel Stars and Stripes) refused to do any publicity for the film after deeming it “too violent” but it’s hard to see why the violence is a negative rather than a positive – it undeniably makes the film more interesting and it is patronising to the audience to suggest they might become advocates of evil if they’re exposed to a bit of fake violence on a big bit of screen.

It is hard to decide if the second Kick-Ass is better or worse than the first. This suggests it’s probably about the same and is therefore definitely worth a trip to your local cinema to see.

4/5

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