Kick-Ass 2 Review


Kick-Ass 2 Review

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

I’m finding myself hard-pressed to come up with a review of Kick-Ass 2. Ultimately, if you enjoyed the first one, you probably know what to expect and will find that this sequel more than delivers. On the other hand, if you found the last one gratuitously violent and dark, then, well, you really don’t need to watch the sequel.

Personally, I had a lot of fun watching Kick-Ass 2. The movie picks up a short while after the first film. Mindy Macreday finds herself forced to experience life as a normal girl in high school, but can’t quite let go of her old life as Hit Girl. Chris D’Amico is still searching for a way to avenge his father’s death. Meanwhile Dave finds himself wanting to don the Kick-Ass costume again.

Kick-Ass 2 hits all the right notes you would expect for this movie. It’s dark. It’s violent. It’s hilariously funny. It ramps up the tension as Kick-Ass gets a team of superheroes together, while D’Amico creates an army of villains.

Which isn’t to say that it makes the mistake of most sequels by making things bigger and crazier. In fact, if I’m honest, I preferred some of the fight sequences from the first film. Well, it had a jet pack, what can I say? Rather than just bigger and crazier violence, this movie is about the characters. It’s about people making hard choices. In the first film, Dave starts out as a regular guy wanting to be a superhero. Kick-Ass 2 shows just what the real, human cost is for these characters and the life they’ve chosen.

In some ways Kick-Ass 2 is predictable, especially if you have seen the first movie, but it does try to differentiate itself, and if senseless violence and dark humour is your thing, you’ll have a ball!