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: 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.
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.
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...
Excerpt: A very hit and miss affair, this follow-up to 2010�s mightily entertaining Kick-Ass succumbs to the law of diminishing returns. On the surface it has all its predecessor�s ingredients: bloody violence, inappropriate language, flirtations with darker thematic material, an irreverent approach to the...
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.
Excerpt: About midway through Kick-Ass 2 , the sequel to 2010’s normal-guy-becomes-a-crime-fighter fantasy , a budding archrival corners the new girlfriend of his costumed nemesis. “You’re done banging superheroes, baby,” he sneers at the terrified teen. “It’s time to see what evil dick tastes like.