Kick-Ass 2 (2013) - Jeff Wadlow
After the events of the first film, Kick-Ass finds that he has inspired a citywide wave of masked contributors, all who want to help clean up the streets. Mindy (Hit Girl) and Dave (Kick-Ass) are both in high school now and they've decided to team up in their crime fighting antics. That's until Mindy's strict parental guardian makes her promise to hang up the uniform and try and be a normal 15 year-old girl. With Mindy navigating the treacherous waters of high school, Kick Ass joins a crime fighting team known as Justice Forever. Things are going well until Chris D'Amico (Red Mist) becomes "The Mother Fucker" a devious super-villain who assembles his own team intent on getting revenge on Kick-Ass for the death of his father. Jeff Wadlow's Kick Ass 2 is an another entertaining and unique superhero movie that brings a nice marriage of self-awareness and ultra-violence. This film follows pretty much the exact same blueprint of he original and if you liked that film you'll enjoy this sequel. The film is very uneven when trying to establish its message and overall much of the emotionally beats and drama fail at eliciting any feeling out of the audience. My favorite aspect of Kick-Ass 2 is the juxtaposition of high school antics with fighting crime, as Mindy realizes how high school bullies can be just as evil and deceitful as the criminals in the real world. Kick-Ass 2 is nothing special but I personally enjoyed it more than the first film because it doesn't waste as much time getting to the entertaining parts. While no one can replace Nicholas Cage's great performance, Jim Carrey's small role in the sequel is certainly fun as I found myself wishing he has a bigger role.
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