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Dave Lizewski (Taylor-Johnson) dons the green wetsuit again, joining forces with super-team Justice Forever, lead by nutbag Colonel Stars and Stripes (Carrey). Meanwhile, Hit-Girl (Moretz) tries to leave her old life behind, and former loser Chris D’Amico (Mintz-Plasse) reinvents himself as a supervillain.

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Three years on from the original Kick-Ass and a similar amount of time has apparently passed for the characters… which explains why they all look so much older, but not what has happened in the meantime. Plot-wise Kick-Ass 2 picks up pretty much immediately where the first film left off. Mindy “Hit-Girl” Macready is carrying on Big Daddy’s work, but it’s not long before she’s promising her adoptive father Marcus (Morris Chestnut) that she’ll put away the nunchucks and be a good girl, leaving Dave “Kick-Ass” Lizewski to hook up with a motley super-team of the vigilantes he inspired.

Escalation seems to be the idea. There are far more characters on both sides of the righteousness divide this time, leading to bigger battles with larger costumed armies. Yet this somehow still feels like a smaller film than before, in large part swapping the city for suburbia, and spending much of its run time on Mindy’s (not unamusing) high school dramas. Carrey has disowned the film for its violence, but it’s not noticeably any stronger than last time, and martial arts take precedence over gun-play. It’s also far less brutal than the comics it’s adapted from. On at least two occasions, it even explicitly sidesteps Mark Millar’s more viciously bad-taste excesses with jokes.

Otherwise, Kick-Ass 2 is an extremely faithful adaptation of its namesake source comic, although it plays faster and looser with the Hit-Girl series it also draws from, and the budget doesn’t stretch to Times Square. Its main deviation is Mintz-Plasse, whose goofy PVC-clad idiot, rechristened The Motherfucker and now leader of evil gang The Toxic Megacunts, is far more McLovin than Millar. While it’s clear that Carrey is intended as this film’s Cage, it might have been a concern that Kick-Ass 2 was lacking a villain of Mark Strong’s stature, but it’s a pleasant surprise that The Motherfucker holds his own.

A more modest success than the first Kick-Ass, but still of-a-piece with its scurrilous predecessor. Nobody flies a jet-pack up a skyscraper this time, but Kick-Ass 2 still has its share of over-the-top action, and the sweary laughs are just about intact.

Reviewed by Owen Williams

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NOT MUCH KOP (unfortunately)

Matthew Vaughan didn’t direct this time and boy does it show. The first Kick Ass was pretty good. Unfortunately, this film suffers from all the classic symptoms of sequelitis…..lousy script, lousy direction, run of the mill plotting, run of the mill violence and action - even Jim Carrey seemed a bit subdued. Hit Girl grows up and goes through all the usual boring teenage trials and tribulations at high school (yawn), Kick Ass is still a nerd and all his friends are all still nerds an... More

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Posted by ROTGUT at 17:44, 03 April 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Kick-Ass 2

Pretty enjoyable, but not a patch on the original. There was too much of an attempt made to recreate some of the scenes from the first film (ne where the poker game gets smashed up tries to recapture Hit-Girl taking out the apartment, complete with wacky music choice, springs instantly to minduch of what made Kick Ass so enjoyable failed to light the movie up the same way this time around. I actually turned to the person I was with when seeing this in complete incredulity when that Union J sce... More

Posted by Filmfan 2 at 13:12, 26 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: it's ok

Three years have passed since the release of the original Kick-Ass, but three years is a long time when your USP was a foul-mouthed little girl. Said little girl has inevitably gotten older, but that doesn't stop Chloe Moretz' Mindy McCready (aka Hit Girl) from being the most interesting, well-rounded and best performed character in this sequel. Frustratingly, Hit Girl seems to be the only character that any time has passed for, as Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) and his group of friends, who wer... More

Posted by AxlReznor at 10:10, 19 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: it's ok

Dave Lizewski is having a break from being Kick-Ass, but is being trained to be tougher by Hit-Girl, aka Mindy Macready. Then Mindy decides to retire from her Hit-Girl persona at the request of her new guardian, and bored Dave gets back into his superhero career, joining a team of fellow vigilantes called ‘Justice Forever’ and getting involved in a physical relationship with one of them, Night-Bitch. However, Chris d’Amico wants revenge on Kick-Ass for killing his dad. Unfortunately, his mother... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 08:40, 19 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Good, but violent, fun

Good film, but not a patch on the original. Its biggest flaw is the ending. In Kick Ass hit girl took out an entire building of bad guys,,,epic carnage to a flaked out this, its a generic bunch fight thats over in a couple of minutes...ho hum...i kept waiting for the level of insanity to be raised... SPOILER mother russia kicking cops ass was the highpoint of craziness 20 minutes from the end... ... More

Posted by No Diggity at 12:34, 16 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Kick-Ass 2: Kick Harder.

Although I haven't seen it yet, I have to say the original "wimped out" on a lot of the points from the comic, too. And it was a much better movie for it. Mark Millar's writing is full of fucked up, horrible moments with no redeeming features just for the sake of it, and Kick-Ass 2 had even more of those, so wimping out is absolutely the best thing the filmmakers could do. ... More

Posted by AxlReznor at 16:36, 15 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Kick-Ass 2: Kick Harder.

Though I enjoyed it you have to admit they wimped out on some of the comics major points & have to agree it did seem a wee bit watered down compaired to the original in tone, colour & even music. I think Vaughn was really missing from this you only have to see some of the extras on the Blu Ray version of Kick Ass to appreciate what he went through to make the original as iconic as it was. All in all a high 7/10. You just get the feeling it could've been so much more? ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 16:33, 15 August 2013 | Report This Post

Kick-Ass 2: Kick Harder.

I enjoyed Kick-Ass 2 very much, but I'd be fibbing if I said it was anywhere near as iconic as its forebear. It spends a little too much time moralising, and not quite enough having fun. But when it is enjoying itself, you can't help but be swept along for the ride. ... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 00:45, 15 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Kick-Ass 2

s 2thing interesting to say, except — perhaps — around its outermost and glossed over edges ... More

Posted by dconev at 00:04, 15 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: memory

lol to the first commenter lacking basic reading comprehension ... More

Posted by Osric at 22:01, 13 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: memory

L: theonering You gave the first film 5 stars,and yet this is a more modest success. id Owen Williams also review the original or is this another assumption that all of the Empire reviewers have exactly the same opinion? ... More

Posted by Dead Mike at 10:43, 13 August 2013 | Report This Post

RE: memory

A more modest succes than my "new favourite film'? That's good news. ... More

Posted by UTB at 22:06, 12 August 2013 | Report This Post

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