MOVIE REVIEW: Kick-Ass 2. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Directed by Jeff Wadlow
OPINION: It's back for more of the same in this sequel to the 2010 surprise hit Kick-Ass about high-school student and comic book fan Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or reason to do so.
As the story continues Dave decides to start the world's first superhero team with Mindy Macready, aka junior assassin Hit- Girl, played brilliantly by Chloe Grace Moretz. We follow the trials of these two: Dave as he tries to navigate the mean streets of crime and Mindy in the more terrifying world of high-school mean girls.
Although not as smart or stylised as the first film, this one runs smoothly enough. It deserves its R16 rating with blood flying and bad language but if you have seen the previous movie then you know what to expect.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse gets a bit grating to watch but as he is the lead villain it's forgivable and you end up rooting for the good guys in the hope that they just shut him up. Jim Carrey chimes in with a fantastic cameo as vigilante Colonel Stars and Stripes. It would have been nice to see more screen time from him.
If this film fails at all it will be in comparison with the original, but don't let that stop you from seeing this. It's a fast-paced, funny, action-packed film. An enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. I would even say it kicked ass.
- The Southland Times