Kick-Ass 2 [2013]

3stars

2013-07-21 13.00.33

Directed by: Jeff Wadlow
Written by: Jeff Wadlow; based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Olga Kurkulina, Lindy Booth, Morris Chestnut

As a slice of pop entertainment, it does the job admirably. It’s well-paced, fun and you won’t be checking your watch. As a sequel, it’s a significant step down from its predecessor.

Kick-Ass 2 adds an interesting element in the form of Jim Carrey (fantastic albeit criminally underused) but gets rid of almost all of the first movie’s edge and shock value.

The violence and blood are more hinted at than displayed in all their glory, and our titular hero is even blander, which isn’t the worst thing ever, if you think about it, since these films’ real focus deservedly is on the foul-mouthed Hit-Girl (Moretz), who once again shows she’s one of the finest young actresses working today and provides the film with many of its finest moments.

Jeff Wadlow, stepping in after Matthew Vaughn, shares his colleague’s talent for directing action sequences, which, despite being less bloody and more PG, remain the highlight, just as they were in the 2010 introduction to these urban vigilantes.

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