Back in 2010 Kick-Ass was one of the unexpected, break-out hits of the year for me. It was original, it caught me by surprise and the violence was dark. It caused all sorts of controversy. A winning recipe for a delicious cocktail that left me tipsy and wanting more. Three years later, more is what I got as Kick Ass 2 hit our screens.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting all that much from it. Sequels aren’t usually known for successfully achieving the same creative heights of their former’s. Perhaps that is why I enjoyed Kick-Ass 2 so much. Sure, it wasn’t as original (how could it be?) and the message wasn’t as sharp or as dark, but it was fun. It was excessively violent, everyone cursed like sailors and it was hilarious in parts. What more could you want?
Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz), who is attempting some High School Mean Girl normality is called in to help Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) get back into crime-fighting shape. Enter the hilarious super-villain (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), intent on exacting his revenge on Kick-Ass for murdering his father with a bazooka and as a result unifies a rag-tag crew of would-be superheroes.
While Hit Girl, who never managed to actually have a normal childhood comes to terms with who she really is, Kick-Ass joins forces with Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey) and Dr. Gravity (Donald Faison) to name but a few. As an aside, isn’t it nice to see Faison in something good for once? (Skyline, anyone?) Carrey’s performance stands out in every scene as always and I somewhat understand the controversy he caused when refusing to promote the movie. It is very violent, excessively and needlessly so, but that’s one of the reasons why I liked it.
It pokes fun at our media-obsessed society, referencing Youtube hits, the need to constantly tweet and our culture of celebrity. The fight scenes and set pieces are excellent and, as you’d expect, our heroes kick a lot of ass. If you’re looking for a thoughtless caper and don’t mind bloody deaths or children using the C-word then you’ll probably enjoy it.
I’ll tell you one thing I found weird though, here in Ireland the rating was 16. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of inordinate censorship but I find it odd that a movie as violent as this, a movie with more curses than I could reasonably count, is more suitable for a child than a full frontal shot of boobage or a sex scene. Something to think about I guess.