Face it. We all want to be a super-hero at times. In “Kick-Ass” (2010), Dave Lizewski decided to do more than want to be, he made himself one, and bought a pack of trouble in the process. It was a wonderful little movie that I enjoyed, so I was eager to see what they would do in “Kick-Ass 2.”
I was pleasantly surprised. Sequels have a bad reputation as a rule, but writer / director Jeff Wadlow took the original premise and gave it a good hard look. Much to my delight, he did not simply stretch out the action, merely providing more anecdotes for the boy in the green jumpsuit. KA2 kicked around some deep ethical questions. Who is more evil, the would be super-villain or the snippy clique queens and kings that really exist? Are you defined by getting along or by the waves you make? If the waves define you, are you prepared for the consequences? And if you learn that, despite your good intentions and even good outcomes, the waves are problematic are you prepared to give them up?
This little movie managed to roll all of these moralistic dilemmas around in a brash, fun, action flick, while constantly keeping true to the tongue-in-cheek shtick set up, although it is a bit harsher, and a lot more adult, and even bathroom at times. The first few minutes feel a bit stilted while everyone relocates their original characters and prepares for the twists that lay ahead, but once the engine starts, it keeps its pace.
All the actors do wonderful work. I was pleasantly taken with Jim Carrey. Donald Faison (of “Scrubs” fame) also seemed happy taking a large bit part and playing it to the hilt. The direction is good. The cinematography is nicely done, as is the editing. The soundtrack works very well, adding to the action and at times to the humor, much like the first “Kick-Ass” movie.
R Rated, and well earned. This is not for the kids, or even the teens.
No 3-D version.
Well worth the ticket.