Kick-Ass 2: Chan’s Movie Review

Let me preface this by saying the last time I saw Kick-Ass was when it was in theaters… which was in April 2010.  I wasn’t 100% on all the details (read: maybe ~5%) but I did remember I enjoyed it greatly, so I wanted to see Kick-Ass 2.

The way this movie starts off makes me laugh, as it just gave me an immediate reminder of what the first movie’s feel was.  Overall, the story – while a little predictable at points – was well-executed and paced exceptionally well.  There was no lagging too long on one kind of feeling or another, just long enough for the audience to grasp it and then immediately move on to the next.  Progression was fantastic and no scene felt too long or too short, which can happen to a lot of movies.

While Jim Carrey is indeed in the movie (playing Justice Forever leader Colonel Stars and Stripes), but does not condone all the violence in it, his role that is not just unique to most of his other roles but also pretty stable in the movie.  There’s good, there’s bad and there’s the real world.  I haven’t read the comics, but it does feel like his character puts the whole thing into perspective when it comes to the caped vigilantes versus crime in the big city.  It sent a great message.

Image courtesy of MTV.com

Olga Kurkulina as Mother Russia in Kick-Ass 2

Mentioning violence earlier, Kick-Ass 2 is definitely not for the faint of heart.  Some scenes are downright brutal, but are no longer than a few moments of gory wonder.  If you’re not into dismemberment or copious amounts of blood, maybe you should just read some spoilers and move on.  Let’s be real – if you’re going to put Olga Kurkulina, a massive Ukraian female bodybuilder, in the movie as part of the super villain crew, you’d be a little bit crazy to expect something pretty boring… especially from the Kick-Ass franchise.

Please, don’t take your kids to this.  Without spoiling the movie but feeling like I need to adhere to my civic duty, there is a LOT of gnarly sh*t.  And cussing.  And general things you wouldn’t want your kids doing.  So respect the R rating and hire a babysitter.  Or wait until it comes out on DVD and your kids go to sleep.  I don’t care.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse has slowly grown on me throughout his roles as a younger actor, and this was definitely a great role for him.  He captures youthful innocence along with the psychotic super-rich supervillain appeal that can be a pretty hard balance.  I’ll admit, I didn’t really think much would happen for him after Superbad, but being proven wrong isn’t always a bad thing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie.  I’m a foul-mouthed, gore-loving, comic book-reading type of person, so maybe its appeal is limited.  By reactions of those coming out of the theater to the Universal screening representatives, though, it sounds like most people enjoyed it.  Each character definitely has their own appeal, their own trials & tribulations and add his/her own significant part to the overall story: you don’t have to wear a costume to be a hero, you just need balls.

Chan’s Rating: 8 out of 10 – cussing, gore and cute costumes make it a toss-up perhaps for others (but fabulous for me).

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