New York gets a second dose of teenage superhero carnage, this time boasting even more controversy and violence but also a wicked social commentary.
Set some years after the first film, Dave “Kick-Ass” Lizewski finds himself out of shape and out of the crime fighting limelight, while Mindy, aka Hit Girl, is trying to let go of her heroic persona and live a normal life. However an old, or rather young, nemesis seeks revenge on Kick-Ass and is forming a ruthless army to do it for him!
The sequel blows the original out of the water with a surprisingly layered narrative. While sure Dave’s storyline isn’t that unique in today’s over-saturation of comic book movies, this is undeniably Hit Girl’s movie. Even more so than the first film. Some of this film’s funniest and bitchiest dialogue comes from Mindy’s attempts to rejoin High School society. There might be cliches lurking in that concept, but I assure you, this film isn’t retreading any ground; Mindy is up and face to face with some of the most deplorable female social issues and everyday evils. A great juxtaposition with the crime fighting action otherwise shown.
I don’t want to go into Jim Carrey’s denouncement of the film, though I can hardly see the reasoning for his decision (this film is no worse than the first) but I want to say that his performance is excellent although incredible short. It is a role that stands out from all his usual trappings and it is a crying shame it was so short, but for that short time it outshone the rest!
It probably has a lot of quotable dialogue, the film’s writing is impressively witty and garishly vulgar at the same time. I’ve never liked Christopher Mintz-Plasse, but his villain is so pathetic and crude that he works perfectly in this film.
I think one line that sticks with me is his allocation of names to his henchmen, one mercenary was of particularly short stature: “So he’s little and he kills people, call him… The Tumor.”
It is a great, funny and ugly film, and while it does have the usual trappings of comic book films (some character arc similarities to The Dark Knight) and it does frequently say in the script: “This isn’t a comicbook, this is real life!” as if to remind us of the unique slant it has. These are very minor gripes and if you enjoy Scott Pilgrim and the first Kick-Ass, you will surely love this.