Not 'Kick-Ass' but worth a watch

Logan Qualls | writer

“Kick-Ass 2” delivers frenzied action peppered with cheesy one-liners befitting the superhero genre. However, this sequel to the moderately successful “Kick-Ass,” based on a comic book of the same name, fails to pack quite the punch as its precursor.
Following the events of the first film, Dave Lizewski, a.k.a., Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson; “Savages,” next year’s “Godzilla”) has given up the life of a superhero in exchange for tranquil normalcy. His previous exploits as Kick-Ass have inspired a movement of ordinary citizens to don masks and patrol the streets. However, he soon discovers that his crime-fighting days are not over yet, as he grows restless and yearns to get back in the fight.
Determined to become a proper superhero, he beseeches Mindy Macready, a.k.a., Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz; “Kick-Ass,” “Dark Shadows”) to help train him. The two begin training, but the dynamic duo is quickly halved when Mindy is caught crime fighting by her guardian, Sgt. Marcus Williams (Morris Chestnut; “Identity Thief”).

Universal 2013

Universal 2013

With Hit-Girl now retired, Dave seeks the help of other superheroes. He meets Doctor Gravity (Donald Faison; television’s “Scrubs”), who introduces him to a group of other similarly minded superheroes. Led by Col. Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), the super-team adopts the moniker of “Justice Forever” and hits the streets, helping the poor and combating the scum of the city.
Meanwhile, Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse; “Superbad,” “Role Models”) is furious over his father’s death. Inadvertently killing his mother in a tanning bed, the crazed young man uses his inheritance to become a super-villain. Christening himself as “The Motherf**r,” he swiftly begins recruiting members to his odious cause.
The Motherf**r and his gang of super-baddies commit crimes with escalating viciousness, their efforts focused on destroying anything and everything that Kick-Ass loves. Bodies begin piling up, and in an effort to restrain the violence, police begin arresting all costumed heroes and villains alike.
Moretz continues to kick butt and take names in this sequel. Watching her character struggle for a normal identity proves to be just as entertaining as her heroic feats as Hit-Girl. Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays the part of the crazed villain beautifully, his comedic talents meshing well with the absolute ridiculousness of his character.
The music, by Henry Jackman, amplifies the action throughout the film. Visually impressive, the explosive action is seamless. Fans will appreciate the various comic book motifs interspersed within the film.
The idea of bringing in a larger cast of characters is great, but leaves the audience wanting more. The additional superheroes are entertaining, yet more explanation to their origins would have helped solidify the characters and given the audience more reason to enjoy the overall experience.
“Kick-Ass 2” may not be the sequel audiences were hoping for, but it proves to be a valiant effort. While lacking some of the shock and awe from its predecessor, this sequel still manages to serve up maniacal mirth mixed with chaotic carnage.


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