The first Kick-Ass film boasted a murderous 10 year old, a twisted sense of fun, a macabre vein of humour and buckets of violence. Kick-Ass 2 boasts… well, it still has the violence.
It seems mean-spirited to launch immediately into a vitriolic rant about the failings of this film, so let’s start with some positives. Jim Carrey, taking the ‘wacky celebrity cameo’ role over from Nicholas Cage, is excellent. He might be refusing to promote the film, but ironically he is one of the only actors (and characters) who are well-served by it. His performance is a little quirky, but actually more grounded than you may be expecting. His scenes are far better than the rest of the film.
Also grounding the film in something representing reality is John Leguizamo, classing up the joint as always as Chris D’Amico/The Motherfucker’s weary assistant/bodyguard, creating a nice little father-son repartee. Speaking of that particular twosome, Christopher Mintz-Plasse deserves plaudits as well, as a spoilt kid discovering that henchmen and terrorist schemes are a handy fast-track to power and popularity. Chris and Javier’s early attempts at villainy are the only parts of the film that recapture the blackly mischievous tone of the original.
The action scenes are pretty slick too – well-choreographed and shot. You might wonder quite how some weedy wannabe superheroes suddenly became action heroes, but you’ll forget that when Hit-Girl is facing down Mother Russia.
And, sadly, that’s where the positives end. Here comes the vitriol…Tags: jim carey, john leguizamo, kick ass 2, kick ass 2 review, mark millar