Release Date
August 16, 2013
Jeff Wadlow
Jeff Wadlow
Based On The Comic Books By
Mark Millar
John Romita, Jr.
Distributed By
Universal Pictures
$28 million
Action, Comedy, Crime
Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and brief nudity
103 minutes

Kick-Ass 2

On about the same level as its predecessor, “Kick-Ass 2” delivers more bang for your buck but ultimately loses something in the passing of time. What once was hilarious is now just average, as Mindy McCready (Chloe Moretz) once stole the spotlight as the smart-mouthed twelve year old who took to murder as second nature, now becomes an older teenager, where the foul mouth and personal vendettas reek too much of “Mean Girls” and not enough like the original concept that was the original “Kick-Ass”. Aaron Taylor-Johnson plods on as Kick-Ass, adding no real depth to the character and remaining just as whiny as before, save for some rock hard abs to bring to his hero.

With no Mark Strong to sell the villain role, we’re left with Christopher Mintz-Plasse to take on the role of bad guy, and he really leaves much to be desired, coming off more humorous than villainous. To replace the giant hole left by Nicolas Cage, we are graced with Jim Carrey, in a very spot-on performance as Colonel Stars and Stripes, the leader of the hero group Justice Forever. Although his performance is somewhat short, it’s worth every second. The action scenes are intense enough to grab attention and the visual effects keep the story on track, but there’s really nothing surprising or captivating beyond the basic entertainment that we come to expect from action comedies. With several recycled storylines stitched together to make up the story for “Kick-Ass 2”, the film does not win on an originality standpoint, but it delivers with enough oomph to hold up on the big screen.


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