KICK-ASS 2 (review)
Written and Directed by Jeff Wadlow
Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Mindy: Act like a bitch, get slapped like a bitch.
KICK-ASS 2 is one of the few comic adaptations that stays very true to its source material, which is something I personally respect and appreciate. If you’ve seen the first KICK-ASS, or read the books, you have to know exactly what you are getting yourself into with a sequel, so there shouldn’t be any surprises. However, if you have no knowledge of this series, you should know now that there is a ton of violence and gore. What can you expect from a movie called KICK-ASS though? Hardcore fans of the comics will be very pleased to see that only a few of the more grotesque elements have been changed from the books, and they were only changed to allow the film to actually screen in cinemas. All the same, KICK-ASS 2, written and directed Jeff Wadlow, is every amount of ass-kicking fun you expect it to be. (Rest in peace, Big Daddy.)
We learn from the ending of the first installment, that Chris D’Amico (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is out for vengeance against Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) for the death of his father. D’Amico, aka The Motherf@#ker, which is one of the most inanely stupid names for a villain ever, creates a band of thugs designed to kick Kick-Ass’s ass. Meanwhile, Kick-Ass has teamed up with a newly formed band of amateur vigilantes, called Justice Forever, include Colonel Stars and Stripes, played by Jim Carrey, who famously denounced the violence in this film after he finished making it (and getting paid for it). With a new, intensified breed of villainy terrorizing New York City (or Toronto made to look like NYC, anyway), Kick-Ass and his crew have to fight hard to protect their own backs. Will D’Amico finally kill Kick-Ass or will Kick-Ass find strength he’s never known before?
When a drama receives an “R” rating, you know to expect some harsh words, mature themes and maybe some nudity here and there. An action “R” is something else entirely; it means the violence level is going to go through the roof. KICK-ASS 2 makes the most of every second of its “R” rating and its greatness stems directly from the ownership of that rating. In fact, KICK-ASS 2 even surpassed my expectations by bringing me to tears from laughing so hard and keeping me at the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next. If it does nothing but cause you joy in the moment, no matter how disturbing that enjoyment is, and heightens your anticipation for the final installment, then Wadlow has accomplished what he set out to do. Plainly put, KICK-ASS 2 kicks some serious ass and is a bloody good time, emphasis on the bloody.
How many sheep would you give Kick-Ass 2?