Sunday, August 18, 2013

Bechtloff Movie Night: Kick Ass 2 (2013)

I really enjoyed the first Kick Ass. It was definitely an original take on super heroes, trying to be a little more grounded than you're typical super hero story. You could argue how well it actually managed to do that, and certainly there are times in the first movie (and this one too) where the tone seems a little confused and all over the place, but all and all it was a damn good movie. The second one, while not as good as much of the novelty has worn off, is still pretty good.

As with most of my still in the theater movie reviews I'm not going to go into a full plot synopsis here, as I only want to spoil as much as is necessary to do a review, but the basic story is that Kick Ass and Hit Girl are getting back into the game after staying out of it since the end of the last film and teaming up with other heroes they inspired. Hit Girl however ends up having to promise her godfather she will abandon the costume for a while, and we get an odd sub plot of her trying to fit in at high school running through the middle of the movie. Basically it's like they shoved the movie Mean Girls into the middle of this one. It leads to some great moments and is for the most part enjoyable, but I couldn't help but feel like it was extremely out of place and shoe horned in. Also you probably know that Jim Carrey recently disowned the film because it was too violent and that made his pussy hurt, but I really didn't think it was all that bad. Oh, it was pretty violent, but it's definitely toned down from the source material and frankly I've seen worse in many an action movie. It's a shame he feels that way, as this is easily some of the man's best work from the last decade.

I personally like the graphic novels more than the movies. They are far edgier as writer Mark Millar doesn't care who he offends, whereas Hollywood doesn't have those kind of balls, certainly not these days. Still, if you enjoyed the first Kick Ass movie then you will enjoy this one as well, even if maybe not quite as much.

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