Kick Ass 2 – Fighting, Laughter, and The Motherfucker

So Kick Ass 2 was released over the weekend. Seeing the trailer I had somewhat decent expectation of the movie. From the perspective of the first movie many of the main characters were asking questions and trying to answer them.  David Lizewski aka Kick-Ass for example was trying to answer the question as to why there are no superheroes in his world? While Hit Girl, Mindy Macready, wonders if she can live a normal life upon the end of the first movie. And Chris D’Amico, Red Mist, was out for revenge when he sees his father blown to bits by a bazooka operated by Kick-Ass. There was a lot of Drama as Kick-Ass was exposed to lots of real violence and learns that superheros aren’t invincible like in his comics, but rather quite vulnerable in the real world. However there was enough comedy that helped keep the mood light.

Trailing from the first movie Kick Ass 2 takes place 3 years after the first film. Again there are question that are asked, that can only be learned through experience. Without giving away too many important details of the plot, of course Kick Ass is back. And it seems that so is Hit Girl. The plot is loosely based on the second Kick Ass comic. This is probably a reason why the movie falls a bit short of its hype. It follows the same elements of the first movie too closely. Kick Ass comes out of retirement to see if he can truly be a superhero, and theres also the fact that hes bored with life. There are new characters of course. Jim Carrey’s character is probably the most memorable. However many of these characters bring nothing new to the series. The moments of drama aren’t as intense. And most of the comedic routines are a bit too disorienting for the overall feel of the movie. Thats not to say that the movie isn’t watchable. If you really liked the first Kick-Ass film then you’ll probably like this one too. The world is expanded upon. Both Kick-Ass and Hit Girl mature more in what they were already lacking. David is faced with dealing with bigger consequences in his life, due to being Kick-Ass. While Mindy is essentially strong-armed by her guardian into confronting the real world and figuring out whether or not Mindy Macready exists in real life, or is merely Hit Girl’s alter ego. Likewise The new characters bring a different take on what it means to be a superhero. Moreover the film’s conclusion is left open for a third movie. Hopefully they’ll be able to clear the few hiccups that plagued the film.

*SPOILERS*

What probably affects the movie the most is that too many punches were pulled. The comic was much darker. The main protagonists show little growth. For one theres David, at the end of the first movie he was seemed very dead set on just living a normal life, as he felt being a crime fighter was too violent.Yet David doesn’t think too much about the consequences when he becomes a hero again. The superhero society that Kick Ass joins is really a joke. Most of the so called superheros find little creed in it and treat it more like a hang out or club. Many of these heroes have one sided personalities. Mindy being forced to cultivate an adolescence is also boring. So yea shes sexually attracted to guys, we know that. But they barely hit the surface of Mindy’s awkwardness  with people and handling of her own emotions. Finally theres the Motherfucker, Chris who is now the hero turned first Supervillain, is just soo weak. If anyone has ever needed an example of a one-sided fight, this is one. Its beyond the fact that Kick-Ass is like a hulking brute, while his supposed arch nemesis seems more like a little punk kid who can easily be bullied by anyone. He just seems so kiddish, so not a villain. He never actually kills, at least purposefully, anyone in the movie, instead he has others do this for him. Even when he figures out who Kick-Ass’ father is he sends his henchmen to kill him, instead of doing it himself. Mother Russia, who is the strongest person in his crew, should have been pegged as the first supervillain. Another thing that shows Chris’ lack of growth is how he handles situations. He has a tantrum upon discovering his mother deleting a tape of Kick-Ass killing his dad. Then afterwards he accidentally kills his mom, afterwards he immediately squeaks “mommy?” like a child would. In a serious scene turned comedic The Motherfucker tries to rape Night Bitch, but finds his penis is unable to get erect, and he is rightfully mocked for this. Lastly The Motherfucker is outmatched physically. Kick-Ass is trained to fight, and is in prime shaped. The Motherfucker just doesn’t seem like a good compliment to Kick-Ass at all. His character is just very diluted from the comic. In the comic his character brings more conflict and challenges Kick-Ass in a much deeper way than his movie counterpart does. While this might not matter now, these are issues that should be fixed. Or least give Kick-Ass a much more compelling arch-nemesis.

Again though thats not to say that the movie wasn’t unwatchable. Jim Carrey’s character Colonel Stars and Stripes bring a whole new depth to being a superhero. His search for redemption, strong creed, and dark humor make him the most likable hero. To a degree more so than Kick Ass himself. His dog also brings a strong, but brief, comedic atmosphere to the film, not sure what happened to him though? It seems like the Colonel’s dog just mysteriously disappears. Kick-Ass’ growth into both an adult and Superhero are evident. His dad’s death obviously affects him, and David now has no choice but to accept early adulthood. Especially when he incorporates some of Big Daddy’s costume into his own. Signaling that hes finally come to understand what it takes to be a superhero. Mindy comes to terms that she’ll never have a normal life. As she burns rubber to evade the police, she is probably much happier being Hit Girl and having Mindy as her secret identity. The movies ending sets up a possible romantic connection with Hit Girl and Kick-Ass. Whether thats a good thing is up to you. If The Motherfucker appears in the next movie, chances are he’ll probably have a lesser role. With that in mind, his uncle would likely be the candidate for Kick-Ass’ next arch-nemesis.

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