Anthony's Review of Kick-Ass 2
Kick-Ass 2 is most certainly better than what the majority of other critics are saying about it. I liked Kick-Ass 2 but I did find it lacking when you compare it to 2010's first installment.
I think the majority of the blame falls on Director Jeff Wadlow who took excellent source material and had a fantastic template from which to work on and just made a lesser film. The first Kick-Ass was directed by Matthew Vaughn who also directed the fantastic X-Men: First Class. Vaughn had a specific style of movie making that really led to the first Kick-Ass feeling brutal, goofy, serious, and comical all mixed very well.
Kick-Ass 2 felt a little clunky at times and didn't try to mesh those endearing qualities from the first movie all that often and when Wadlow did go for it the results were mixed.
A lot of news was made for this film when Jim Carrey (who was almost unrecognizable as Colonel Stars and Stripes) more or disavowed this film as he took a strong anti-gun stance which I always felt was a little odd because there was actually a pretty small amount of gun play compared to what we see in other movies. That being said I thought his performance was pretty good even though he ended up spending a lot less time of screen than I would have guessed.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were pretty solid but that was to be expected as their roles were pretty much solidified in the first film and didn't really change all that much from that film to this film.
The real star of Kick-Ass 2 is Chloe Grace Moretz. Hit Girl has the only true character arc in the movie as she struggles to live a normal life as teen girl trying to fit in with the other teen girls. This really was Hit Girl's movie as the main arc was about her finding out who she truly was. Is she Mindy McCreedy who had her childhood "stolen" by her superhero father? Or was she really Hit Girl, the vigilante who has a needs to stop bad people from doing bad things? Even though the answer is pretty obvious, CGM plays it well.
Out side of that the movie feels like the Kick-Ass sequel we deserved from time to time, but it doesn't always live up to the first. And even though Kick-Ass 2 is a step down from the first, you should go see it anyway, especially if you enjoyed the first go around. While I don't entirely disagree with what a lot of other critics are saying I think they have totally missed the mark in the overall. Kick-Ass 2 is fun but flawed sequel.