Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
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.