Excerpt: Absent here is the original movie’s endearing blend of fun and intensity born of giddily ample profanity and graphic violence. The story is darker now, sure, but also surprisingly derivative of teen flicks ranging from Ferris Bueller to Mean Girls—a strange and unsuccessful fit.
Excerpt: I really didn't expect much out of the first Kick-Ass . Then again, I had no idea this film was based on a graphic novel, so all I had to go on was a trailer and the inherent promise that plenty of ass would indeed be kicked. I was mildly interested at the prospect of watching 'real' kids moonlight as superheroes in the 'real' world, but was that enough of a selling point? I wasn't so sure.
Excerpt: The Film It seems like every superhero movie needs a sequel. The 2010 action flick Kick-Ass certainly wasn't the typical superhero outing. It was violent, but also insanely successful, more than tripling its budget. With those receipts and a pretty solid following, filmmakers (some of them) needed to go back to the well for Kick-Ass 2 . Matthew Vaughn opted not to continue with the franchise, so Jeff Wadlow is donning the director's cape here.
Conclusion: Picking up where the last film left off, Jeff Wadlow writes and directs 'Kick-Ass 2' with the same enthusiasm, visual gusto, and penchant for wild ultra-violence as its predecessor, but the film lacks a truly engaging story. With the same cast returning, plus the addition of Jim Carrey, the follow-up is entertaining enough, with several humorous and action-packed moments, but there's a weird disconnect between the characters and the violent repercussions of their masked...
Summary: Postmodern irony can only take you so far when confronted by a tragedy of immense, almost unimaginable, proportions. Kick-Ass 2 received some probably unwanted publicity—which ironically was all about publicity—when co- star Jim Carrey announced that in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School he could not in all good conscience promote the film due to its extreme violence.
Excerpt: Kick-Ass 2 doubles down on the love-hate relationship with ultra-violence that typified its predecessor, but David Cronenberg's A History of Violence this is not. Neither was Kick-Ass , for that matter, but the earlier film's director, Matthew Vaughn, at least found a small spot of fertile narrative ground to explore the superhero fantasy as an expressive, blood-bathed escape from the uniformity and humiliations of pubescence and high school.
Excerpt: Years after the events in "Kick-Ass," Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is still fairly hopeless in his attempts to fight crime as Kick-Ass, so he enlists the help of the much more skilled Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) to train him. Meanwhile, Kick-Ass' former partner, the Red Mist aka mob son Chris D'Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) has become hellbent on getting revenge on Kick-Ass for killing his father and he starts to assemble a team of super villains to reign...
Excerpt: Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass was an extremely violent and surprisingly fun addition to the comic book movie genre when it came out in 2010, but when its box office numbers disappointed the chances of a sequel looked dim. Now that writer/director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 is actually here, however, we have to wonder if maybe we should have left this franchise where it started Telling three separate narratives within one big story, the sequel finds Dave Lizewski a.k.a.