“Kick-Ass 2” certainly isn’t as fun or unique as it’s predecessor, but it has it’s moments.
When Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) killed crime boss Frank D’Amico, the Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), his former sidekick, swore revenge. The Red Mist was actually D’Amico’s son, Chris. Now years have passed, and Kick-Ass has been out of the game for a couple of years. Hit Girl hasn’t though. In spite of having to keep her crime fighting secret from her new guardian, Mindy Macready (Chloë Grace Moretz) has been ditching school and training every day, continuing to patrol the city and continuing on the work she used to do with Big Daddy.
She and Kick-Ass bump into each other, and she helps him get back into fighting shape. Together they fight crime again before Hit-Girl gets caught and has to make a vow to her guardian (Morris Chestnut) that she’s through being a superhero forever. Kick-Ass, on the other hand, is finding others who want to fight crime. Just like Kick-Ass, these people long to be superheroes; they make themselves costumes, give themselves names, and meet in a secret headquarters, all in spite of the fact that they have no real super abilities. Leading this charge is Captain Stars and Stripes, an ex-mob enforcer turned good. It’s Stars and Stripes that leads the team to their first real success, busting up a sex slavery operation.
While the team gels and Hit-Girl cools her jets on the sidelines, though, the ex-Red Mist has turned supervillain and is recruiting an army of thugs to take down Kick-Ass and his gang. Will the ragtag group of normal, well meaning folks be able to defeat an entire gang of professional hit men, enforcers and criminals?
The first “Kick-Ass” was an excellent, fun film that also had the advantage of being the first movie I can recall about average people with no powers wanting to be superheroes. Of course, as is the case with successful movies, they often spawn imitators, so while Kick-Ass felt original, by the time Kick-Ass 2 rolled around, there seems as if there’s an entire sub-genre dedicated to “Regular people with no powers deciding to become superheroes” movies. That, coupled with the fact that there’s no Nic Cage to add a dash of cheese to the equation, leaves Kick-Ass 2 feeling a little tired.
That said, it’s not a bad movie, per se. Hit-Girl and Kick-Ass are both given issues to struggle with above and beyond beating people up, and the consequences of being a masked vigilante are as prevalent as ever. Christopher Mintz-Plasse isn’t the world’s greatest super-villain, but he’s fun enough, and watching all these people donning capes and masks for various reasons is pretty humorous. Plus, there’s always the old stand-by of superhero standoffs and some hardcore violence. Sorry Jim Carrey.