Sound Off: Jeff Wadlow's Sequel 'Kick-Ass 2' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
August 16, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? They're back! Kick-Ass, the friendly everyman hero in the green leotard, plus his friend Hit-Girl. Based on comics by Mark Millar & John Romita Jr., the sequel Kick-Ass 2 has hit theaters. Aaron Taylor-Johnson returns as Dave Lizewski, the hero who inspired a group of masked vigilantes. Chloe Moretz is back as Hit-Girl, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse goes for revenge after his dad was killed in the first movie. Jim Carrey and Donald Faison show up in this one, too. So how is it? Better than the first? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Kick-Ass 2.
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To fuel the fire, I actually liked Kick-Ass 2 a bit more than I was expecting. There's an absurdly entertaining side to it that plays up the action, but often in amusing ways. The script is actually pretty damn good, it just happens to be filled with low-grade toilet humor and oddly demented violence. For example, that scene where 10 cops get brutally killed in broad daylight, but then they simply beat up and arrest every bad guy villain in the final act. What gives? The Hit-Girl storyline featuring Chloe Moretz was the best part about it, there was just something endearing and (yea I'm going to say it) heartfelt about her story, however that seem like the most polished part of this otherwise rough 'n tumble and occasionally offensive extravaganza. Jim Carrey was my other favorite part, though he didn't last long enough, same with John Leguizamo.
What did you think of Jeff Wadlow's Kick-Ass 2? Better than the first or an offensive mess? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!
Reader Feedback - 30 Comments
I loved it.
Guest on Aug 16, 2013
I loved it. It's hard to describe the difference in tone but luckily this area is for those who've seen it already. I thought Chloe was great as expected and is continuing the rise I predicted for her since Amityville.
Chiroptera Exsanguination on Aug 16, 2013
for a movie adaptation, it stayed pretty true to the comics. More comedy and less of the darker moments in the movie, but I'm fine with that. it was fun
Jacob Denton on Aug 16, 2013
I never read the comics, but saw the first film and really liked it. This was overall more of the same, so it was enjoyable, but I didn't get the same visceral experience I did from the first one. I really liked Jim Carrey's performance (his pulling support for the film notwithstanding) but I felt that Taylor-Johnson's character seemed a little nerdier than the first film, like he forgot that he'd already proven himself as a bad-ass in the first film (rocket packs? Bazookas? Hello?). Chloe Moritz was, as expected, the highlight of the film for me. She's one of those actresses who commands the screen whenever she's on it. I can't wait for Carrie in October.
fazha on Aug 16, 2013
HORRIBLE!, Not even close to being on the same page as the first one. Hugely Dissapointing.
Matt97 on Aug 16, 2013
This, ladies and gentlemen, is a person who has not read the comic books. Ever. Which in turn, pisses me -the fuck- off to no end.
ali3000 on Aug 17, 2013
This was really fun, at first I was a little afraid it wasn't going to be as good as the first one and have the same feeling to it, but it did and the violence and comedy or as good in this. LOVED IT
Sky on Aug 16, 2013
Hated this poor trashy copy of the amazing original.
SkyNet300 on Aug 17, 2013
I loved the original movie. This was a great sequel. Not enough Jim Carrey in the movie. His performance was great in it. Funny lines and interesting character. I loved the part where the heroes meet for the first time and tell their backstories and Jim Carrey's line of "We don't care what you put in your mouth so long as ...." I also have not read the comics so I dont know if it was true to them either way it was a great sequel. I loved the mom and dad crime fighters. gotta love the names of the characters... Night Bitch? hilarious. I live in Toronto and it was great to see a Mr. Sub in one of the scenes along with a shot of Young Street. McLovin's performance was exactly what I thought he would turn into. Gets a pass from me!! 🙂
jimfromtoto on Aug 17, 2013
The film was enjoyable, but I feel like it needed to step it up a notch to be excellent. You can't have a story about consequences without exploring them more. I want to say the first film was more violent (maybe less destruction, but more graphic). I think the film needed to keep the violent rape of Night Bitch in there, and it needed to make the death of Mr. Lizewski much more visceral to actually make the audience invest more. I never ended up losing myself in the story. The look of the film was very much like a comic book; the colour popped and everyone was shiny and clean all the time, which kept me from thinking there was anything real about the characters or the story. I know that's subtle, but it really affects the viewer's ability to let the characters in. Hit-Girl's story was easily the most rewarding of the film and Moretz did a wonderful job of dancing with inner conflict, especially given the range of the source material. She really shines in the film. I also appreciated the fact that Wadlow resisted the temptation to over-sexualize her, which would have been very easy to do. Despite being a ninja-level assassin, she actually felt like a teenage girl struggling with being way to mature for her age (props go to Millar for that too). Overall, definitely worth watching, but not as excellent as the first film.
mikefly on Aug 17, 2013
I thought it was enjoyable, more funny than the first one but not as gory. Mother-Russia is worthy it! =P
Joe_Poo on Aug 17, 2013
it was so disappointing. the first one was awesome, this one sucked. it was cheesy. the effects sucked and they changed 2 cast members
andrew on Aug 17, 2013
Todd and who??
Sky on Aug 18, 2013
Nick on Aug 18, 2013
Yea but wasnt that guy a better choice... i had no problem with that. I had a bigger problem with the Todd character cause the guy who played him in the first movie is my favorite person in the American Horror story seasons
Sky on Aug 19, 2013
Wet Garbage. Asked for my money back right after they the ditch party scene...Hope it got better. Don't see how though.
Quizknows on Aug 17, 2013
Enjoyed it. no sophomore slump for me. Made up for a lackluster Wolverine film in my opinion.
mooreworthy on Aug 17, 2013
I enjoyed it but it was missing something... Certain parts felt too much like a teen movie and not like the morbid movie that it was supposed to be. The first movie kind of made you uncomfortable that hit-girl was this violent. Kind of made you feel like she was a sick demented child who killed criminals... this one had more of a cheesy "Sky High" vibe until the action kicked in. Granted the first movie had a a comedic tone as well but this one was a bit extreme and silly at times. The action was great though. Also, why didn't they show The Mother Fucker dying? It was so anti-climatic... it's not like no one knew the shark was alive... as a matter of fact, I would have enjoyed it even more if the plot twist was that he really was dead. Also, what scene was Jim Carey renouncing his role because of? He did a great job in this film though. After Burt Wonderstone and Kick-Ass 2, my faith in Jim Carey is slowly being restored.
rolyjimenez on Aug 17, 2013
Jim was HILARIOUS in Burt Wonderstone. He is way funnier when he is not the main character in a movie. Just like in this one.
jimfromtoto on Aug 17, 2013
If you would've stayed till after the credits you would've seen why they handled The Mother Fuckers "death" scene the way they did. Also, Jim Carrey didn't say it was anything to do with just his character. He said the violence of the whole movie but, was his death scene in the movie not pretty damn violent?
Nick on Aug 18, 2013
IT's too much like Scary Movie, lots of laughs and violence, no story or character development whatsoever. It could have been really good, but the writer, Jeff Wadlow, obviously had no idea what the hell he was doing.
Bio on Aug 17, 2013
I loved the film. The only issue I had with it personally was my depression at seeing a person who knows what they're supposed to be doing, and does it.
Togapika on Aug 17, 2013
I liked it! It did feel at times though that they were making the most of a very average budget. It also felt like they toned some things down but I really had quarrel with that! If anything, it was interesting to see what they would do to get around those things. Also, I live in Toronto so it was very entertaining to see places I recognize.
lewinston on Aug 17, 2013
I liked it, very entertaining. Although I kept waiting the whole movie for the minigun-jetpack to make an appearance somewhere. 🙂
D6 on Aug 18, 2013
complete crap, when you have diahreea and projectile vomit..its a joke. The last movie was funny and had great action without resorting to this crap
Keen on Aug 18, 2013
I liked the movie, although I liked the first one more. When I saw the first movie I had know idea what I was getting into and was completely blown away because I was taken off guard. You had this teenager wanting to make a difference but he didn't have the skills and kept getting the crap kicked out of him which brought the humor. But then comes this little girl who is a complete bad ass who can pretty much kick the crap out of anyone which provided the action. In this sequel you didn't have very much of either. Just a couple of scenes that remind you of the last movie. Nothing to make this movie stand on its own. There was not enough Hit Girl, and Not enough Kick Ass. I was waiting for the action for the entire movie and honestly it never came, atleast not on the level of the last film. The final act was a let down, this is one of those few movies where you kind of want to see that over the top action and they just did not deliver. I hope they do a sequel though, they need to redeem themselves for sure! Love all the characters just need more action plain and simple.
batsupe on Aug 18, 2013
I loved the first kickass, it was a funny intelligent action packed film. Kickass 2 is the perfect example of what happens when the most important ingredients are left out (Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman). Gone has the intelligent script replaced with something the wayans would be proud of. In the original the use of VoiceOver was minimal but in this, it is used to explain every little detail. The tone is all over the place, it is not a fun movie. The other problem, it looks cheap, the cinematography is suited to a straight to DVD release. What happened to the soundtrack, the score from the first one was full of energy and fun, the score in this is by the numbers edging close to be being boring. Kickass 2 a huge let down
Simon Conroy on Aug 18, 2013
"In the original the use of VoiceOver was minimal but in this, it is used to explain every little detail." Sounds like they got some writers of the current season of Dexter on this movie.
cobrazombie on Aug 19, 2013
It was a lot better than the reviews gave it. Kick Ass 2 got bashed so hard by Rotten Tomatoes I amost didn't go see it. I thought it would've been like GI Joe 2 considering the reviews. It will never touch the 1st Kick Ass. What I liked was the HC transformation to adulthood and The Motherfucker. What I didn't like was the lazy ass action sequences. I thought it lacked creativity of the 1st movie when it came to that.
PillowPantz on Aug 19, 2013
I am sorry but Kick-Ass 2 was just a very pale imitation of what used to be Kick-Ass. 1. The Kick-Ass 2 Soundtrack sucked.I mean I remember each scene of the original Kick-Ass Movie by the riveting and gripping situation oriented sound track.This one was nothing compared to its former counterpart. 2. The action sequences were sluggish and less enthralling.They could have done a much better job with that. 3. Equal Importance and due credit were not paid to all the Villain characters. Only Mother Russia had the meaty part.But no body got to know much about Tumor,Genghis Carnage,Black Death etc. 4. The Directorial perfection of Vaughn was missing more importantly.How could you let someone direct a movie whose only moderately successful venture has been Never Back Down. 5, There weren't many impact full nail biting sequences in the movie all in all,something that would make you sit up and give attention like the former's epic jet pack scene,or Hit girl rescuing Big Daddy and Kick Ass or Maybe Big Daddy destroying the warehouse. 6. Even the Humor was missing with the right amalgam of hysterical tragedies .The old one was so much better when Kick Ass's mother dies of brain aneurysm or when he is suspected of being gay or when he is tied to chair about to be burnt alive he regrets how he would never find out what happened on Lost.The sequel has disgusting pooping,Erectile Dysfunction and Vomiting Jokes. 7. They Replaced two main Characters who had a very important role in the original movie - Todd and Marcus.They Might as well have replaced Hit girl and Kick Ass too. Expected a lot but Sadly the movie didn't live up to it.
Nana Patekar on Aug 26, 2013
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