Act like a bitch, get slapped like a bitch.
– Hit Girl to Kick Ass in Kick Ass 2
To my great disappointment, Kick Ass 2 turned out to be no different from the run of the mill trashy Bollywood film.
Think of Kick Ass 2 as the Hollywood equivalent of Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara, a poor sequel to a decent prequel.
In my not so humble opinion, the folks who made Kick Ass 2 should get their ass kicked!
The sequel is an unsatisfying farrago of a hopeless script, endless filth and senseless mayhem that involves cutting off people’s arms, legs and heads.
Both the good guys and bad guys are gung-ho in their embrace of crapulence in nicknames, attire and talk.
Here are some of the nicknames I can remember – Motherfucker (main villain Red Mist’s new name), Night Bitch, Black Death, The Tumor and Genghiz Carnage. Enough??
How can you possibly enjoy a movie where the villain takes enormous pride in anointing himself Motherfucker and wears his dead mother’s masochistic attire!
Hit Girl is 15 and in high school. To her great chagrin, her adoptive cop father forbids the girl to get back to her Hit Girl avatar.
Of course, Kick Ass is in the same school, bored and dying to don the superhero suit again.
The adult eccentric this time comes in the form of Jim Carrey, who makes an appearance as Colonel Stars and Stripes.The Colonel was a former mob enforcer until he “found” Jesus, became a born again Christian and is now one of the good guys saving the city from hoodlums.
Kick Ass joins the Colonel’s team at the same time as Red Mist/Motherfucker/Chris D’Amico is assembling a gang of psychopaths, ex-convicts and thugs to create mayhem in the city and avenge his father’s killing.
The crap hits the fan when Kick Ass’ father is brutally killed and the old man’s funeral ceremony ambushed.
In the absence of an engaging hook save the burning desire of Red Mist/Motherfucker for vengeance for his father’s death (in Kick Ass 1), the violence and the foulmouthed nonsense gets absolutely unendurable.
Novelty Wears Off
Kick Ass 2’s prequel was not a great movie but a watchable one thanks to a novelty element – The vigilante antics of a cute young Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) teaming up with a clumsy wannabe super-hero Kick Ass (Aaron Johnson) to get the bad guys was a hit with the audience.
Tis’ true that Hollywood has had plenty of super heroes.
Superman, Thor, Spiderman, Batman, Iron Man et al come and go.
But until 2010 there had never been a pre-pubescent girl as a super hero.
Well, three years have passed since Kick Ass 1.
And the novelty element of a cute young girl with violet hair playing vigilante against grown men has worn off.
Avoid Kick Ass 2
Unless you’re desperate to see Hit Girl go weak in the knees at seeing young guys, enjoy her first kiss and cut people’s arms and do more of the same shit you saw her do in the prequel I suggest you show Kick Ass 2 the middle finger.
Kick Ass 2 is an awful film, ain’t nothing like the prequel.