#REVIEW: “KICK-ASS 2”
Overcome whatever obstacles beset you, because Kick Ass 2 is one Sequel you don’t wanna miss. Like its Predecessor, it starts off with a couple of caps and a Comic Book caption. Blood, sweat and grime soak every frame and satiric syllable. Matthew Vaughn, the Director of the first Film, handed the reins to relative newcomer Jeff Wadlow for this Followup. And not only does he succeed greatly in helming it, he also wrote it.
For the Uninitiated, Kick-Ass is a new age “What If?” scenario created by a pair of Comicdom Princes. Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. went Indie when they released Kick-Ass back in 2008. There, off the beaten path, they developed the Tale of Dave Lizewski, a Teenager curious about what it would be like to be a Superhero. So curious in fact that he sewed himself a suit and took on the Mob with the help of a Father-Daughter Duo hellbent on vengeance. Together, the Trio found success, but at a cost. Big Daddy died, and his Daughter (Hit Girl), was left with his legacy. At this point part two begins with Hit Girl forced into early retirement. Played by the ever-adorable Chloë Grace Moretz, Hit Girl becomes Mindy Macready and replaces her beloved Bad Guys for Mean Girls. Hart of Dixie’s Claudie Lee plays Brooke, Mindy’s Secondary School Nemesis. She’s a brilliant Queen Bee, and evidence of the depth within the Supporting Cast. Morris Chestnut plays Mindy’s Caretaker, while Donald Faison and Jim Carrey act as fellow Superheroes.
Then there is Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the Film’s Lead, Kick-Ass. Ripped like a Greek God, he begins the Film on far different footing. Eager to indulge his heroic antics he helps form Justice Forever, a Group of masked Crusaders happy to help their fellow Man. Little do they know the evil that lurks in the shadows. There a zippered Sadomasochist raises an army to kill Kick-Ass and all that he loves. His name… is a step beyond PG-13. Played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, this Super-Villain pulls no stops in his War against good. And let it be said that Mintz-Plasse here delivers comedic gold over and again. So does the rest of the Crew – Jim Carrey in particular with his rubber-face and eerie accent.
Kick-Ass 2 is far more than just a Knee-Slapper; it’s also a Ripper of guts. Violence abounds, and Hit Girl’s final fight pays off in spades regarding such. Yes, this is gory goodness. From Millarworld Fanboys to Moretz Groupies, this Flick is a Crowd Pleaser. And for you proud Torontonians, be sure to see your City on the Big Screen. Sure they dress it up as New York City, but I know a CROPS Graffiti Tag when I see one.
Universal Pictures Canada releases Kick-Ass 2 on August 16, 2013.