Ryan's Review of Kick-Ass 2
I remember watching a documentary about Real Life Superheroes and the movement in the United States. While watching Kick Ass 2, I saw shades of that film. Some parts of it, mostly with the costumed Justice Forever team walking around, reminded me of real people who do this sort of thing every night. Then there's the over the top violence, the Mother F**ker and so on...and then you remember, yes, this is a comic book movie. Unlike most, KA2 doesn't try to make you think this stuff is real or could be real. People look absolutely ridiculous in their costumes. There are few money shots. And there's plenty of tongue in cheek humour about it all.
On the other hand, there are moments when KA 2 is just completely out of touch with reality. Most of the main characters are teenagers, but the writers seemed as if they've never talked to a teenager. A major subplot is Mindy McReady or Hit Girl (played solidly by Chloe Grace Moretz, even if her performance is less memorable than the first) trying to live a normal life...but the teenagers around her are basically caricatures and I'm not really sure if they're supposed to be.
Furthermore, the film seems less self aware than the original, and that was part of Kick Ass's charm. It's unsure if its ironic or satirical or if it's a straight up superhero sequel. It would be funny if it was an actual look at what the sequel means to superheroes and use that same trademark humour of the first for this one.
Performances are solid all throughout, Jim Carrey is spot on as Colonel Stars and Stripes, and it's astonishing how close he is to the character in the comic. Christopher Mintz Plasse plays The Mother F**ker with comedic flair, which makes sense. Honestly, the character is ridiculous and I liked how they both toned him down and made him less sinister. In the comics hes this sadistic psycho, and he is here as well, but he also comes off as a confused kid, which is good.
One final thing: I wasn't sure what the end of this story meant. One moment, it implies all of this superhero business is foolish and dangerous. Then again, it implies a sequel is in the works and escalation of superhero-dom is in order. I wasn't sure what exactly they were trying to go for with it. Are vigilantes ultimately dangerous or a force of good? I know it' not a deep film, but at least say something, if you're saying you'll go there.
It's not as good as the first, it's not as horrifically awful as reviews suggest. Simply, alright.