Kick-Ass 2 | Movie review

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Release date in Malaysia: August 29th 2013
Distributor / studio: United International Pictures / Plan B Entertainment, Marv Films
Rated: 18
Genre: Action comedy, superhero
Running Time: 103 minutes
Director & writer: Jeff Wadlow
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison and Jim Carrey

Synopsis: Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor- Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) – reborn as The Mother Fucker – only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.

Verdict: A fall from cool, dark, witty, satirical, shocking and skillful action choreography to teen flick-cliched comedy with predictable jokes, senseless gore, straightforward cinematography and poor editing (one scene is noticeably reused). Not anywhere near to being as good as the first Kick-Ass film (2010). Matthew Vaughn is greatly missed due to the horrible script and unintriguing narrative by Jeff Wadlow. Perhaps the greatest disappointment to me, personally, is that Jim Carrey isn’t being very Jim Carrey here and his role is not as big as indicated in the trailers. However, although the movie is not great and is certified rotten on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s certainly a more enjoyable cliched-flick than the surprisingly certified fresh The Wolverine (2013).

Girlfriend’s opinion: “I didn’t watch the first film but this one’s funny to me.” With that being said, I guess those who haven’t seen the first film could actually go ahead and watch this one without worrying that you’d get lost. I personally would recommend them to skip this one, just watch the first one instead and then wait for the home media of this sequel to release.

Surprise guest appearance: Retired MMA fighter, UFC Hall of Famer – Chuck Liddell. The whole scene’s pretty much a UFC product placement. Wonder how much they sponsored or got sponsored just for that?

Malaysian censorship: Sex, nudity, hand-chopping, body-stabbing and probably more scenes like that were cut, but a guy getting ran over by a car was not. Our dearest local board of censorship must be proud of themselves for preventing full enjoyment of the movie. At least they did not censor the vulgarities like they did with the first film.

Post-credit scene: There is one but probably not worth waiting for. I didn’t bother ’cause it was freakin’ cold in the cinema hall.

Moretz’s stinging comment on another sequel: “I would only do the third one if it was logical. It needs to be a good script and a director, probably Matthew (Vaughn). The third film needs to fully wrap up the series and has to be a good note to end on.” Quite clearly, she thought Jeff Wadlow (director & writer of this film) was rubbish too.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

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How predictable some scenes are: “Don’t just say fine and then shoot me in the chest, it’s not cool at all.” Gets shot. “If you don’t hold that gun tight, you’re gonna get hit by the recoil.” “Shut up, don’t need you to teach me this!” Fires gun and gets hit. There’s also an outdated Batman-Robin reference joke. Then also a scene at the beginning of the film where they talk about a syringe that obviously will come to use at the end of the film. Am I having a laugh?

Realistic my balls! Mark Millar, the writer of the original comics that this movie was based on, proclaims that Kick-Ass is a realistic superhero story. Maybe it is in his graphic novels but this film adaptation of the sequel… hell no. A 15 year-old little girl can survive battling a strong, built Russian criminal who easily destroy 5 cars of cops. None of the villains rape any chick. Superhero’s dog’s life is spared. Dangerous road situation where guns are being fired in a moving vehicle with a little girl on top of it but cars around aren’t surprised at all, just minding their own business instead of stopping or keeping their distance and call the police even when bodies are flying out of it. The police here are portrayed as a bunch of useless buggers who they can’t stop, find or arrest a bunch of masked idiots who walk around playing evil villains openly and have their social media channels updated frequently (wonder how they catch robbers with masks then?).

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  1. Dan O.

    It was fine for being a sequel to a very violent movie, but the tone could have been better evened-out. Oh well. Fun for what it was. Good review Tony.

  2. Aaroz

    nice reviews, that's why I always avoid seeing R-rated movies at cinema [because of retarded F**KNAS's censorship] .. Now, moving on to Riddick? hmm.. so curious right now

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