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Movie Review: 'Kick-Ass 2'

Kick-Ass 2

Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Directed by Jeff Wadlow
Rated R

I liked Kick-Ass, but I wouldn’t say I LIKED Kick-Ass, does that make sense?  For all the things it got right, I couldn’t get past the films seemingly blatant disregard for bouncing back and forth between a film that wanted to take a realistic approach to what it would be like if people starting dressing up in costumes and calling themselves super-heroes to then jumping into a fantasy world where the rules of reality don’t apply.  It may seem like a minor thing, but to me, it was a big one and one that took me out of the moment lots of times.  The movie, while being a huge Comic-Con sensation, only made a small splash when it was released back in 2010.  The film though, gained fans through DVD and cable and in doing so; Kick-Ass 2 was born and ready to be one of those rare sequels that surpasses the first one and gains itself a whole new legion of fans.

The good news is Kick-Ass 2 is better than its predecessor.  Its funnier, it puts more of a focus on the right people (Hit Girl and villain the Motherfucker), and it also addresses the issue of the whole comic book world vs. reality world.  The problem is the movie only tells you about that, it never really shows you and yes, while doing so, still gets caught up in flipping the switch between a reality/fantasy world that bothered me so much with the first film…the hoist with its own petard if you will.    And while it didn’t bother me as much this time around, it’s still an issue one can’t look past. 

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Hit Girl Goes To High School In NSFW 'Kick-Ass 2' Trailer

One of the biggest draws in the first Kick-Ass was Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), the pint-sized, foul mouthed crimefighter who put the smack-down on the most hardened of gangsters.  Her relationship with her borderline psychotic father Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) was one of the best parts of the film, and it was always going to be one of the major challenges of Kick-Ass 2 to make the story work without that.  This new Red Band trailer shows that the writers are still very much interested in making Hit Girl part of the story.

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'Kick-Ass 2' Red Band Trailer Lacks... Something

Y'know how every first superhero movie focuses on an origin story nowadays?  That wasn't always the case.  Look at Batman.  The reason why it's become so commonplace is because filmmakers realized that it's the perfect vehicle to develop the super-heroes as characters.  It's not hard to come up with an origin story with a character arc.  That was not different for Kick-Ass, a story about one loser's fight to take control of his life.  Kick-Ass 2 has finally gotten a trailer, and it makes me wonder if it has any real story.

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First 'Kick-Ass 2' Screenshot Released

As good as Kick-Ass was, it's a little hard to see just where a sequel would go.  Genre-subversions are hard to base extended stories around, which is one reason we'll probably never see a sequel to Watchman.  Nonetheless, progress on Kick-Ass 2 went smoothly when it finally got started, and we're finally starting to see results.  These results come in the form of a screenshot, which show us a familiar character, as well as an actor you might not immediately recognize.

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'Kick Ass 2' Official Plot Synopsis Sounds...Kick Ass?

Truth be told, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Kick-Ass.  There were things about the movie that I liked, but then the movie would frustrate me to no end.  And with the frustration outweighing the good, I was a one and done with the movie.  I should probably go back and watch it again and give it another chance  because the movie, despite my lack of enthusiasm, does have its fans and has over time built up quite a following.  That following has been rewarded with Kick-Ass 2.

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