Yet the film's biggest treat - and this will come as no surprise to Kick-Ass fans - is how strong and magnetic a character Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) has become. She's great. Trouble is, there's not enough of her.
Funny, raunchy and action-packed. 'Kick-Ass 2' doesn't quite live up the creativity of its superlative predecessor. This is R-rated material that is not suitable for children or for those accustomed to PG-13-rated superhero fare.
Offers a convenient punching bag for critics who want to equate the youth violence in movies with its manifestations offscreen, even if teenagers probably represent the ideal audience to both enjoy and see through this contradictory, nuance-free cartoon.
These filmmakers have ended up with a sequel that lacks the freshness of the original film. It brings nothing new to the table, satisfied with simply throwing these characters together again and hoping that everything will turn out for the best.