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Flawed superheroes or just foul-mouthed teens? Kick-Ass 2 Review

04 Oct 2013 | By Tim Mworia

Kick-Ass 2 left me with mixed feelings. The action sequences are superb but the dark humor is so borderline it leaves you wondering whether your funny bone is twisted. This is the type of movie where you chuckle at something and realize you’ve left other people at the cinema thinking, “What level of sicko are you?”

Enthusiasts will be happy that director Jeff Wadlow faithfully sticks to the Hit-Girl and Kick-Ass 2 comic books to near perfection. Personally, I was surprised that they found a way to turn the movie a notch darker than the first one.

Mindy Macready and David Lizewski get tired of normal life and return to moonlighting as Hit-Girl and Kick Ass respectively. Meanwhile, The Red Mist who’s on a mission to avenge his father’s death at the hands of Kick Ass transforms himself into pure evil and makes a comeback as The Mother Fucker. His character is a ridiculous mixture of an underlying oedipal complex and privileged brat-ness. The Mother Fucker uses his newly acquired wealth to buy every badass in town into his team of super-villains.

As with any movie in the superhero genre, this one pretty much has a straightforward storyline. Suspense and plot twists are not to be expected. It’s good against evil and however many tedious run-arounds the writers attempt to create, you always know the ending.

Also, despite having a powerful female as one of the leads, Kick-Ass 2 flirts with misogyny in a “nausea and bowel-movement” scene that you’ll either find funny or obscene depending on your temperament. I also have reservations on how this movie handles touchy moral subjects such as rape and teenage sex and the blasé way in which teenagers hack people to death without a grain of emotion. This is one movie that I would really love to get a female’s take – maybe I’m just being too self-righteous.

But away from the story, I do not underestimate the amount of work that went into making this movie. The fight scenes are superbly choreographed and they pull out some impossible shots in a standout fast-paced highway scene.

Another high for the film is Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl. She makes a huge impression to salvage the extremely poor acting of his co-stars who include Jim Carrey and Donald Faison (let’s not even delve into how incongruous their appearances look in this film).

By Tim Mworia

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