Has it really been since September 21st since my last post here? Man, I suck. That's all my bad people. I really have no excuse either. Haven't had a shoot in a minute and finished my last editing over a week ago. Oh wait...there was that whole "Breaking Bad" marathon that I embarked upon. And I actually planned to do a "Battlestar Galactica" marathon after the conclusion of that so good thing I finally got an update on here before that. And what do I post? Well a movie review, of course.
In "Kick-Ass 2", we find that his heroic antics having inspired a citywide wave of masked vigilantes, Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) joins their ranks to help clean up the streets, only to face a formidable challenge when the vengeful Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) transforms himself into the world's first super villain with a new name that you have to see for yourself to believe. As for Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) she tries to hang up her Hit Girl uniform to do the high school thing at the request of her guardian Detective Marcus Williams (Morris Chestnut). It doesn't quite work for her though. So it's just a matter of time before she joins with Kick-Ass to help thwart the city's new threat.
I barely caught this one before it left theaters. And the timing could not have been better. My dude Big E was in town visiting for work. It's always been a tradition that we check out a movie when one of us visits the other. As long as time permits. A superhero flick like this one was right down our alley. It didn't even bother us that this one was getting ripped by the critics. Sometimes what makes a movie enjoyable is the company you keep while you watch it.
There were some issues that I couldn't help but overlook. Like how the police put out an imitative to arrest any masked/costumed adult in an effort to catch criminals but they only seemed to be locking up good guys. Then to make the plotholes worse, when Kick-Ass and Hit Girl send out a message on the internet soliciting new allies for a massive end game battle, oddly enough, no police authorities ever catch wind of that. Close to 200 costumed/masked folks squaring off in a free-for-all brawl and the police have no tips whatsoever? Yeah...ok.
The biggest problem though was how independent they made Hit Girl. Not from a personality standpoint (which was totally understandable) but financially. How was she able to afford a secret hideout stockpiled with a plethora of every weapon imaginable. Maybe she just found a way to relocate everything after Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) died in the first one? How would that have even been logistically possible at her age and size? And then there's also the CUSTOM crotch rocket she had. That was a bit much.
I can forgive all that because of the other things this flick had going for it. Like both Jim Carey and Donald Faison playing masked vigilantes. The two of them are already comical enough as it is. Give them a disguise where they're playing adults dressed up to fight crime and you've just given them (and us) early Christmas presents.
The best part was how they stepped up the violence a notch in the sequel. That was to be expected since you have to go harder with any sequel. However, I did not think they would take it to the extremes to which they did. I don't want to spoil it for the few of you that may actually see this, but just keep in mind they had no problem killing off a major actor in the first one. Just the overall amount of blood and violence in this one put the first one to shame. Honestly, I was okay with that. I mean it is rated-R. Might as well earn that rating.
"Kick-Ass 2" did have a different vibe than its predecessor. It wasn't quite as darkly playful. It was certainly dark and there were definitely humorous moments, they just didn't mesh it together as well as the first movie did. Still, that didn't make this sequel nearly as disjointed as critics were slamming it for. Although nowhere near the classic that the first one was, it was still rather fulfilling.
My rating: C+