Kick-Ass 2 joins the legion of films this year that although solid and entertaining didn’t completely blow me away. Yes, it’s pretty good but it’s not on the same level as the first film.
The film starts fast, with lots of action and comedy getting the audience up to speed with where the characters are since we left them. But then slows down for the middle section before building to its action packed end. However, despite the increased number of characters, the film actually feels like it’s on a smaller scale than the first film (probably because of the reduced budget).
Character-wise the three key leads all deliver great performances, with Hit-Girl being the clear stand-out and to be honest she’s almost the lead of this film. There’s an interesting side story line which plays out like Mean Girls but with more swearing…
The movie is fun from start to finish but it has an interesting tone to balance, it is essentially an action comedy, however some of the story points go to some pretty dark places and I don’t feel they quite have the emotional punch required. Having read the comic this is based on, the violence and story beats have actually been toned down quite a bit as well.
- Spoilers - Talking of the book, the main villain seemed more driven and focused in his vengeance against Kick-Ass, whereas in the film they’ve added an additional scene to motivate him with his uncle killing his number one henchman. However the scene doesn’t really work, because the motivation should encourage him to attack his uncle, yet all of sudden he goes off on one against Kick-Ass and co. – End of spoilers -
So in summary, I enjoyed Kick-Ass 2, but it didn’t completely rock my world like the first one.
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