Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace Moretz, Clark Duke, Morris Chestnut
Director: Jeff Wadlow
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Kick-Ass 2 falls short in its attempt to emulate the original’s unique blend of ultra-violence and ironic humor.
The concept of the comic book-inspired ‘Kick Ass’ germinated from the idea of average Americans without any special powers dressed up as superheroes to fight street crime. A fantasy which most US teenagers share.
And ‘Kick Ass 2’ delivers. This hyper-violent teen superhero flick, co-produced by Brad Pitt takes off from where the previous ‘Kick Ass’ left in 2010.
Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz), who has been robbed of her childhood and Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), both try to adjust to normal high school life. Mindy, who lives with her guardian Marcus (Morris Chestnut), is constantly reminded of her father and the injustice that took him away from her. So, she dons purple hair and a leather suit to slip into her alter-ego, ‘Hit Girl’.
On the other hand, Dave apes to be a superhero. Despite being an ordinary kid, he decides to dress up in a green superhero suit to fight crime. He christens himself ‘Kick Ass’ and pursues Mindy to join up a legitimate group headed by the wily Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey).
The end is predictable, where fairness prevails and good overcomes evil.
Plot: Dave Lizewski (Taylor-Johnson) dons the green wetsuit again, joining forces with super-team Justice Forever, lead by nutbag Colonel Stars and Stripes (Carrey). Meanwhile, Hit-Girl (Moretz) tries to leave her old life behind, and former loser Chris D’Amico (Mintz-Plasse) reinvents himself as a supervillain.
Otherwise, Kick-Ass 2 is an extremely faithful adaptation of its namesake source comic, although it plays faster and looser with the Hit-Girl series it also draws from, and the budget doesn’t stretch to Times Square. Its main deviation is Mintz-Plasse, whose goofy PVC-clad idiot, rechristened The Motherfucker and now leader of evil gang The Toxic Megacunts, is far more McLovin than Millar.
Verdict: Kick ass 2 has seen success more than it’s first movie. The movie does not keep the audience on the edge of their seat. You can predict whats coming next. One time watchable for the humor and action.