Rapid Review: Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

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“You don’t have to be a bad-ass to be a superhero, Dave. You just have to be brave.”
– Mindy Macready

SYNOPSIS: The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costume. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass knows. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7After loving Kick-Ass so much, I was wondering if this was going to reek of sequelitis (thanks Tom). I was surprised. It was by no means as good as the first one for me (though my other half preferred the oodles more action in this one), it was not a flop, either. I had a good time with it. There were plenty laughs, but I found this one to be so much less awkward and embarrassing than the first (something I thought was excellent for it), but more forced at other times. Big Daddy may be gone, but it seems that Colonel Stars and Stripes was there to take up the mantle of father figure. He was by no means as organised or as odd as Big Daddy, but it works on some level. I didn’t like the fact that Evan Peters didn’t come back to play Todd (but I can deal, American Horror Story was way more important), and I found Augustus Prew (his replacement) to be really bland. What I did like, and it had me in stitches for hours after, was McLovin Christopher Mintz-Plasse putting all that bondage gear on, and not having the boobs to fill out the rack space (bwahahahaha, it looked hilarious). I was really glad that this one scene that could have potentially ended in rape didn’t go there. It would not have gelled with the movie, and would definitely have left a sour taste in my mouth. There was definitely far more action in this one, definitely some more cheese. I had a good time watching John Leguizamo here, he had his head more together than most, though he humoured Chris way too much. The inclusion of so many superheroes didn’t really work all too well, but they had their moments, and the plot was a little all over the show at times. I think I am being significantly less harsh on this than most people (I don’t get the really bad rap this film has), but maybe because I saw these movies directly after one another over two nights, I didn’t have time to forge expectations, and I knew that no matter what, it was going to be lame, silly, over the top and not as good as the first. Maybe that’s why I still had fun.

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25 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

  1. Tom says:

    Hey, that link is to me! Cool! 🙂 haha thanks!

    I’m part of that 1% group who is yet to see either movie, but I gotta say I am looking forward to catching up with everyone else. I hear both flicks are a lot of fun. Your description of CMP in bondage gear and being unable to fill out the cupsize really has me curious! Hahah

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    • Zoë says:

      LOL! That it is!

      Hahahahaha, CMP in bondage gear… I really never thought I would see the day! It is well worth looking into, surprised it actually took so long. I cannot wait to hear what you think about them Tom!

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  2. theipc says:

    Dearest IJB,

    You know how much I loved the first one. I thought this was OK but also thought some of it felt too forced and pushy. That scene where she is auditioning for the cheer crowd and goes cartwheeling all over the gym is classic. And that part where CMP is picking up his mom’s sex balls is a crack-up!

    Great stuff!!

    Love,

    PSC

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  3. caragale says:

    Good to know this one isn’t as bad as everyone says! Nice review, Zoe! When I get around to these, we shall compare notes. I have to have, I’m getting more and more excited to see Christopher Mintz-Plasse in these. He sounds glorious. Hahaha.

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    • Zoë says:

      Ah, I really think it is better than it is made out to be! Thanks a lot 🙂 I cannot wait to chat about these, I think it will be most fun. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is always glorious, but hell he rocked this role in these and cracked me up endlessly.

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  4. The Vern says:

    I was disappointed in this after reading the original comic. Red Mist is such a stronger villain he makes the Joker look weak. The actual rape in the comic makes him out to be a dangerous guy and in the movie they pull off a cheap laugh instead. The 2nd book ends on a good cliffhanger I felt was left out of this one The first movie I thought balanced out the dark and the light pretty well But this one wanted to go for all laughs which didn’t make me appreciate it. Plus Moertz Grace looked too old to still be playing Hit Girl

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    • Zoë says:

      I haven’t read the comics at all. I understand that it makes him worse and all, but I really don’t think I would have been able to stomach watching rape on screen in this type of film. I can see how one could be disappointed if you are familiar with the source material and have other expectations and, typical of Hollywood, they piss all over your parade. How old was she supposed to be in this film?

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