Kick- Ass 2 [2013] ★½

kick-ass-2-characters-poster-slice-388x600If you read the blog back in 2010 (I doubt it), you may understand why I wasn’t looking forward to this much-hyped sequel. I thought the first Kick- Ass movie was decent enough, but I can’t call myself a die-hard fan. I guess this is my way of saying that part 2 sucks. I was amused to read an interview with Jim Carrey (who plays a military-style hero called Colonel Stars and Stripe) the other day in which he admitted that he “cannot support that level of violence”. It’s like saying the violence we endured in part 1 wasn’t quite as painful as this one. And I wholeheartedly agree. At least the first movie started out as fun, with high-school geek Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) dreaming of becoming a superhero named Kick-Ass, not just for the fun of it but because he really wants to help people. That gave us rooting interest and we actually cared for this character. In the new film, fun isn’t really part of the equation. Instead, it’s all deadly serious: former Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse going crazy as usual) wants to avenge the death of his mobster dad, who was killed by kick-ass in the previous installment. So he adopts a new name (“The Motherfucker”) and recruits every thug in the city to help him. Even if you’re depicting a comic book world, there comes a point when torture scenes and ultra-violence can’t easily be described as “fun.” But still, I realize that a lot of people will probably enjoy what this sequel has to offer and they’re entitled to their opinion. All I know is, “Kick-Ass 2”, for all its cool visuals and occasionally funny moments, left a bad taste in my mouth.

Rating: 1.5/4


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