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Kick-Ass 2 | The Clapper Bored

Kick-Ass 2

Remember Kick-Ass? Remember how it was really great? Really shocking, really exciting and, most importantly, really fun. Well, despite its relatively modest box office takings, they’ve made a sequel. So, let’s take a look at all the great things about the first movie and see whether the sequel lives up to its predecessor:

  • Chloe (Grace) Moretz’s Hit Girl was a great take on the superhero stereotypes and caught everyone off-guard. Well, she’s older now, so it’s not weird to see a 16-year-old swearing. She’s now a teenage girl fighting and, in a world without normative gender roles, there’s nothing interesting about that.
  • Aaron (Taylor) Johnson made for a believably schlubby superhero. He stacked now, and looks in his late twenties despite playing a high-schooler. Still a great American accent though.
  • Nic Cage was delightfully maniacal as Big Daddy. He’s dead. Instead we get Jim Carrey delivering about 20 lines and presumably taking home the biggest pay check on the film. Waste of an actor who other people seem to enjoy (although his charm is lost on me).
  • Really original fight sequences that were never repetitive and each had their own identity. Generic action sequences, with the occasional cool move but none of the fun of the CCTV sequence or the jetpack fight in the first movie.

I could go on, but what’s the point? This isn’t half the movie that the original was, but it’s not completely terrible. There’s something to be enjoyed about the way that the film goes about its task, even though it appears to have been made on a fraction of the production budget of the first film.

Looks crummy, and is all a bit half-arsed. An ignominious end to the Kick-Ass franchise, one suspects.

Title: Kick-Ass 2
Director : Jeff Wadlow
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Running Time: Couple of hours
Certificate: A strong 15

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