We all love a fantasy where superheroes can save someone from incoming trains and bud guys trying to kill. But that’s just it…it’s all just fiction. This is the real world where there are no super powers. There are people with extraordinary abilities, but nothing justifies them into actually putting on a mask and go looking for trouble. History has proved that attempting vigilante justice only does more harm then good. Despite good intentions, those people end up putting themselves in danger; they’re intruding on police work, and never become an intimidating symbol. To the rest of the world, any real life superhero is just a nut-job in a colorful outfit.
So why do one or more people think that they can become a real life superhero. Believe it or not, not all of them are comic geeks that have read too many of them. A lot of them are just people that want to help their community. I think what motivates them is that they see that the idea of the super hero not just as a human with special powers, but rather that they are the closest thing they will get to becoming a god. Real life superheroes Kick-Ass and Hit Girl go against some real life super villains in Kick-Ass 2.
Sometime after the events of the first Kick-Ass, high school senior Dave Lizewski (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has retired from his vigilante work in a attempt to lead a normal life. He quickly finds things boring, especially considering that Mindy Macready (played by Chloë Grace Moretz) is still fighting crime as Hit Girl. He convinces her to train him so that he can become a better hero, as long as she’s fighting a long side as his sidekick. As things are going good for him, things turn worse for Mindy as her guardian catches her. She swears to try and live an ordinary life.
Kick-Ass doesn’t want to fight alone, she he joins a team of real life superhero’s called “Justice Forever”. The team includes former mob enforcer, turned christen Colonel Stars and Stripes (played by Jim Carrey), local friend Battle Guy, and a twenty-something Night Bitch. They seem to be popular to the local New Yorkers, but no so much for Chris D’Amico (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse). His father was killed by Kick-Ass in the first movie and he wants the typical vengeance. He dons a new outfit calling himself The Motherfucker and starts bringing together a group of dangerous criminal to start a super villain league.
What I liked about the first Kick-Ass was that it knew that it’s own situation was very dumb. It was able to balance it’s ultra violence with an ironic and witty sense of humor. The attempt to recapture all of that doesn’t quite work. One thing for starters is that very little of the film actually focuses on Kick-Ass himself. A lot of it is either about the Justice forever group, Hit-Girl trying to become a normal high school girl, or Chris whining about wanting to kill Kick-Ass.
While I don’t think the first film was an excellent film, it’s miles high above Kick-Ass 2. When the movie cuts away from a Mean Girls like story to a group of crazies as real life superheroes, it’s just infrequent and sudden. Story wise, are the jokes on par? Some of them are good. The best comes from Chris trying to become a villain (the story on his costume had me laughing on the floor). Jim Carrey get’s plenty of material and he even appears pretty intimidating. Even some of the fights are fun to watch. The more I think about it, the more I realize that what this movie gives is basically the same as the last film. If they make a Kick-Ass 3, they need to either go darker or really go nuts with the whole real life superhero thing.
I’ll give this three Kick-Ass superhero costumes out of five. It’s okay, but coming from its sleeper hit of 2010, I expected a lot more. I really miss Nicholas Cage. Can they get him for a flashback cameo in the next sequel?