I borrowed Kick-Ass 2 from our local library. This is the sequel to the 2010 Matthew Vaughn film based on the Kick-Ass graphic novels. No, I’ve never read them, but I did enjoy the original film. The sequel takes place a few years after the first film. Both Dave Lizewski / Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Mindy Macready / Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) return to star in this sequel.
Mindy is now a freshman in high school, and Dave is…. still in high school. I was pretty confused on the age gap, because Hit Girl was pretty young in the first film, so how are they attending high school together? Both are retired from crime fighting, but both wish to be back in the game. Dave tries to get Mindy to join him, but she’s now living with her father’s former partner and supposed to be a simple student now. Dave eventual joins up with other ordinary yet costumed citizens to fight crime as “Justice Force.” The team is made up of a strange assortment of amateurs, but led by Col. Stars and Stripes (played by a somewhat unrecognizable Jim Carrey.) Frankly, he and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) are the two best parts of the film.
Meanwhile, Chris D’Amico (formerly Red Mist) is living on Long Island with his mother (Yancy Butler!) and turned Goth. He is still angry at Kick-Ass for killing his father “with a bazooka!” After his mother’s untimely death, he inherits the family fortune, and decides to become the supervillain “The Motherf*cker.” His goal? To become aforementioned supervillain and to make Kick-Ass pay for killing his father with the aforementioned bazooka. And he begins creating a crime syndicate of his own. As you will see in the movie trailers, all will come to a head at the climax.
I’m going to put it out there — the sequel wasn’t as good as the original. Dave as Kick-Ass is rather annoying and not much better than he was in the first film. I got tired of Red Mist / The Motherf*cker. Katie, who was the focus of the original film’s romance angle, pops in for basically a cameo in order to surreptitiously break up with Dave for what is clearly a misunderstanding. Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes and Moretz as Hit Girl were the best parts of the story. When Hit Girl was on the screen, it was great. When whiny Dave came back on, you knew the story would drag.
This is a “your local library” – borrowing / Netflix – type of film. The fight scenes are decent, but the ones with Hit Girl aren’t enough to save this film.