Kick Ass 2 is probably the least expected super hero sequel of all time. Let’s face it, Kick Ass was brilliant, funny and original. The story of an ordinary kid who decides to become a super hero and gets his ass handed to him on a regular basis isn’t like anything else. Throw in a real vigilante ex cop and his trained since birth daughter, a mob boss’s kid and you’ve got one of the funniest movies of all time.
Kick Ass 2 picks up with Kick Ass himself Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) retired from superhero life and just being normal. He’s bored but normal. Meanwhile, Hit Girl, MIndy Macready (Chloe Moretz) is continuing to train and patrol, honoring her father Big Daddy’s life’s work. She willfully deceives her guardian, Detective Marcus Williams.
Eventually, Dave goes to Mindy and asks if they can team up. Mindy is reluctant, but does agree to be the Batman to Dave’s Robin. (The exchange between them when they agree on this dynamic is completely classic.)
Eventually, Marcus finds out and makes MIndy promise to give up the superhero life and cut Dave off. She agrees and the ensuing conversation leads to most of their high school thinking Dave just got dumped by a freshman. (More classic.)
Meanwhile, Chris D’Amico, (Christopher Mintz-Platz) or Red Mist, is enraged that Kick Ass got away with killing his father. He wants revenge but his mother and their body guard, Javier (the amazing John Leguizamo) tell him to forget it. Then his mom dies and he reinvents himself as “The Mother Fucker” and decides to become a supervillain.
When Dave and Mindy part ways is when things get really fun. MIndy gets brought in to the high school it crowd but crosses the queen bee when her sick gymnastics skills get her picked as captain of the dance team. This ends with Mindy deciding to be herself and a normal high school girl. It’s pretty cool.
Dave meanwhile, joins up with a team of other home made super heroes called Justice Forever. The other heroes include Colonel Stars and Stripes, Night Bitch, Professor Gravity and Battle Guy. It’s fun and they do good work.
The plot gets real and twisty fast, and the whole point of the movie is that even though they’re all living in a sort of super hero fantasy, there are real world consequences to their actions. The ending is very powerful and the whole movie is very funny, and if they do a Kick Ass 3, it’s set up very well.
Moretz is the kind of treasure of a young actress you really hope doesn’t screw up her life and career, Johnson is a more convincing geeky everyman than say, Adam Brody of Penn Badgely and Mintz-Platz remains one of the better comic actors of the past decade. I also really liked Hit Girl’s costume redesign.
I enjoyed it. Also it was the first outing for new fangirl dream team me and my friend Aless from work. Hi Aless! (We will be going to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones on Wednesday. Yay!
Vampire Academy: Didn’t read the books, probably won’t see it.
Bad Grandpa: Dear God why? It does look pretty funny though.
Riddick: How is it possible that this movie hasn’t come out yet? I feel like I’ve been seeing trailers for it forever.
Thor: The Dark World: Oh Sweet Baby Jesus is the new trailer amazing. More of Jane’s plot function, more Loki, Thor taking down some kind of robot thingy with just his hammer. This is the stuff my fantasies are made of friends.
1. Pacific Rim
2. The Great Gatsby
3. Kick Ass 2
4. Man of Steel
5. The Wolverine
6. Iron Man 3
7. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
8. Despicable Me 2
9. Star Trek Into Darkness
10. Monster’s University
11. After Earth