Director: Jeff Wadlow
Writer: Jeff Wadlow, Mark Millar
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor -Johnson, Jim Carrey
Plot: Kick Ass joins forces with Hit Girl and a group of vigilantes to battle a Red Mist (Now The Mother F@cker) and his squad of evil super villains.
Rate It: (0 – 3 Guys)
So what did you think?
Adam – If you liked the first Kick Ass film or enjoy the comics you are going to like this film. Not really sure where all the hate is coming from with regards to this film. I didn’t walk in expecting this to be all flowers and puppies.
Scotty - Kick Ass 2 continues the mix of over the top violence and humor but ultimately falls short in the end. I would say that the first half of the film was a good follow up to the original film but the last half did not deliver and lacked the surprises and story of the original.
Griff – This one took a little bit of a beating from the critics and although it’s far from being a great movie, it really isn’t that bad. The biggest problem with the film is that it can’t really decide what it wants to be. Is it a comedy or is it a serious action movie? It’s always good to throw a bit of humor into an action movie. It breaks up the tension and gives the audience a bit of release but Kick Ass 2 tries to mix a steady dose of comedy with a steady dose of realistic violence and the cocktail doesn’t always taste right.
Any thoughts before you saw the movie?
Adam – Kick Ass is a great comic book series and the first film adaptation did a pretty decent job bringing the series to life on the big screen. I was interested to see how Jim Carrey was in this film.
Scotty – I was eager to see the film due to my other co-horts waiting on my review and I wanted to see what Jim Carey was so upset about.
Griff – I enjoyed the comic and thought the first movie was better than I expected it to be so I was hoping for good things.
Did you think this movie was fresh and/or innovative?
Adam - Well I guess if you had not read the comic book series then yes. In general what I like about this series is how realistic it is. Granted some of the stuff is way over the top comic book style. But the fact that our heroes really suffer is pretty refreshing.
Scotty - With sequels it is difficult to be innovative and fresh and this one certainly was not, same formula as the first film.
Griff – It is a bit cliche but that is part of the gag. It pokes fun at the idea of a super hero clan vs. super villain clan and for the most part it works.
Did you think the script was well written?
Adam - Well they managed to tone things down a little bit or this would have been an NC-17 film for sure. Overall I think they did a good job of converting the comic into a screenplay.
Scotty – This is where I thought they could have done more and been more creative, you sort of know what is going to go down after about 20 minutes of the film, with very few surprises. I would say the first 3rd of the script was well crafted but the last 2/3rds was predictable. The jokes were funny for a while but then it became a shock value approach which took away from the film as a whole.
Griff - Well this is where my main problems with the film lie. Like I mentioned before the mix of comedy and action/violence were a little to reminiscent of Troma movies from back in the 80’s. The Toxic Avenger comes to mind.
Was there a performance you really liked or really hated?
Adam – Chloe Grace Moretz kicks some serious ass as Hit-Girl. I did not even mind when the script forced her into a mean girls performance.
Scotty – Funny, but Jim Carey’s performance as Colonel Stars and Stripes was by far the best, I also thought that Moretz did a fine job as Hit Girl.
Griff - It’s too bad the Carey didn’t want to promote this film because it’s one of his better performances in years. Moretz was once again excellent as Hit Girl.
Do you remember a song from the film?
Adam – I’m going with Pussy Drop by Lemon. In general I found this soundtrack way to bubblegum poppy for my taste.
Scotty - The soundtrack was full of dance and semi-hard core songs but I would say When the Saints Go Marching in by St. Snot, overall not my thing musically.
Griff - I Hate Myself for Loving You – Joan Jett
What was your favorite line?
Adam – “Act like a bitch get slapped like a bitch” Hit-Girl
Scotty – “Yeah, there’s a dog on your balls!”
Griff – “No one wants to be Robin”
What would have made this a better movie?
Adam - I thought the films climactic battle at the end was a little goofy but otherwise I don’t see how they could have changed much and still kept an R rating for this film.
Scotty – I wish the group of super villains had more girth and development. There are some very interesting characters created but the script does not allow you to know them well enough. I also thought the jokes started to come off as contrived and unnatural.
Griff - I wish the movie could have decided on what it wanted to be. Is it really a coming of age tale, or comedy, or an insanely violent action movie? A more linear focus on one theme would have made this a better movie.
Is it worth seeing in the theater? Or could you have waited for the DVD/Stream?
Adam - Not sure this film is even still available to check out at the theater but if you find it still playing I would check it out on the big screen.
Scotty – Not the worst way to spend an afternoon but it certainly can wait.
Griff – I would wait for the DVD or the stream.
What other movies would you recommend if someone enjoyed this film?
Adam – If you liked the violence and dark humor in this film I could see you enjoying some Robo Cop (1987).
Scotty – Scott Pilgrim versus the World, and of course Kick Ass.
Griff - How about Darkman (1990) or Super (2010) (Shut up crime!)
Any final thoughts on this movie?
Adam - I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Kick Ass is 77% fresh on RT and this film is 27% fresh they are both very similar.
Scotty – There were certainly some quality moments in the film, with Jim Carey as a stand out. Hit girl continues to bring it but the film makers missed an opportunity to create a memorable sequel to the cult classic Kick Ass. I was not particularly let down but having just watched the original film a few weeks ago, to freshen up on the world of Kick Ass, it pales in comparison. Where there were surprises and OMG moments in the first one, this one lacks that very quality, maybe which comes with having built such an original tale the first time around. The shocking dialogue and turn of events came off naturally in the first one but in Kick Ass 2 those moments seemed forced. Ultra-violent and crude but not in way where you feel like you just watched something special or unique.
Griff - Not sure I understand the poor rating on this film. Like I said it’s not great but there are actually some good performances and some genuinely funny moments. I think it’s at least worth checking out.