Friday, August 23, 2013
Kick Ass 2 Doesn't Kick much ass. (Movie Review)
Kick Ass 2.
Cast: Arron Taylor Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey
Writer and Director: Jeff Wadlow
**'s out of Four
Kick Ass". Matthew Vaughn gave us a hyper stylized portrayal of what it would look like if everyday people without any special powers became super heroes. It introduced the world to an adorable yet extremely psychotic little 11 year old named Hit Girl, and it was the only super hero movie besides "The Avengers" that I and others stood up and cheered for when it ended. It was a nice breath of fresh air after we have been getting tons of these superhero flicks for families to watch. When I saw the comic for "Kick Ass 2" in stores I picked it up right away and read the whole thing in one night. It was a very exciting read that was much darker then I had anticipated. If a movie was going to do this book any justice it would have had to been rated NC-17 or a very strong R. Unfortunately the movie at best is a strong PG-13 .
After Big Daddy's death Hit girl(Chloe Grace Moretz) goes to live with her foster father. He believes that she was robbed of her childhood and wants her to give up her role as a vigilante and be a normal teen girl. Meanwhile Kick Ass(Aaron Taylor-Johnson) wants to continue his crime fighting spree and gets together a team of other normal citizens including Captain Stars and Stripes(Jim Carrey) to help out with his task. Chris D'Amico(Christopher Mintz Plasse) is so distraught after the death of his father that he vows revenge against Kick Ass and becomes The MotherFucker.
The next character that is different from the book is Hit Girl. In the book she tries the life of a normal girl not because of her foster father, but because of her biological mother(who was just killed off in the first movie). It made sense that she would make this promise this to her, rather then him. Even when she does, she still doesn't become friends with anyone. Least of all the popular students. The movie suddenly switches gears and we are watching a "Mean Girls" style sitcom. Mindy aka Hit-Girl becomes so adjusted to being a popular girl that it felt like a completely different character. This was not the same girl who once took out a room full of gangsters with guns. She almost represents the main girls from "Pretty in Pink" and "She's All That".
I know it's not fair to compare books to movies, but there was so much that could have been done with this. Director and writer Jeff Wadlow should have used Matthew Vaughn's writing partner Jane Goldman in adapting this script. Her and Vaughn understood the source material and really got a lot of the dark humor associated with it. Kick Ass 2 was fun watching because I like these characters I just wish that is was in someone else's hands.