Kick Ass II

WRITTEN BY: Jeff Wadlow
DIRECTED BY: Jedd Wadlow
STARRING: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey
RATING: 2.5 stars

The first question you are probably wanting an answer to is this: “Is Kick Ass II as good as the original film?” Unfortunately, the answer is no. Fortunately, it is still a fun film full of graphic violence and hilarious, foul-mouthed one-liners from a teenage girl. While some may be critical of the level of violence and crude humour, most fans of the original film will still enjoy the journey the film takes the characters in this new installment.

Dave Lizewski/Kick Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is afraid of patrolling the streets alone following the events of the first film, so he asks Mindy Macready/Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) to join forces with him. But Mindy made a promise to her dead father that her guardian Detective Marcus Williams (Morris Chestnut) aims to enforce, which means Mindy must give up crime fighting and live a normal teenager life. So, Dave joins a team led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey) which also includes Doctor Gravity (Donald Faison) and Night Bitch (Lindy Booth), as well as several other small-time heroes. Meanwhile, Chris D'Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) begins to plot his revenge against Kick Ass by creating his own super villain - The Motherfucker.

Taylor-Johnson and Moretz have more experience as actors since the first film so they give stronger performances in the sequel. Moretz still manages to steal many scenes with her one-liners and is a delight to watch. Carrey seems to be the replacement for Nicolas Cage, and while he is quite funny, Cage's character had so much heart and the sequel is missing that. Small roles for Faison and Booth are good, as well as John Leguizamo who needed a bigger role as Motherfucker's bodyguard. Mother Russia (Olga Kurkulina) was also hilarious and a little scary at times.

Kick Ass II has copped a lot of flack from critics who loved the first film and found the sequel to be horribly violent. Even Carrey has spoken against the film's graphic aggression. Some might also think the characters have become caricatures of their former selves. But I think those people are being a little too sensitive. Kick Ass II is a silly, fun film. It does not pretend to be anything else.