BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
AUGUST 27, 2013
On about the same level as its predecessor, “Kick-Ass 2” delivers more bang for your buck but ultimately loses something over time. What once was hilarious is now just average. Mindy McCready (Chloe Moretz) once stole the spotlight as the smart-mouthed twelve-year-old who took to murder as second nature. Now she’s an older teenager, where the foul mouth and personal vendettas reek too much of “Mean Girls” and not enough like the original concept that was the original “Kick-Ass.” Aaron Taylor-Johnson plods on as Kick-Ass, adding no real depth to the character and remaining just as whiny as before, save for some rock hard abs to bring to his hero.
With no Mark Strong to sell the villain role, we’re left with Christopher Mintz-Plasse to take on the part of the villain, and he leaves much to be desired, coming off more humorous than villainous. To replace the giant hole left by Nicolas Cage from the first film, Jim Carrey graces us with a very spot-on performance as Colonel Stars and Stripes, the leader of the group Justice Forever. Although his performance is somewhat short, it’s worth every second. The action scenes are intense enough to grab attention, and the visual effects keep the story on track. Still, nothing is surprising or captivating beyond the necessary entertainment that we expect from action comedies. With several recycled storylines stitched together to make up the story for “Kick-Ass 2”, the film does not win on an originality standpoint, but it delivers enough oomph to hold up on the big screen.
August 16, 2013
“Hit Girl and Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall”
by Mark Millar & John Romita Jr.
(for strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and brief nudity)
Tim Maurice Jones
Chloë Grace Moretz