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Self-made superhero Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and sweet-faced, foul-mouthed assassin Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) try to return to life as "normal" teenagers, but soon they are faced with their deadliest challenge yet. To seek revenge for his father's death, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) has re-invented himself as the leader of an evil league of super-villains. To defeat their new nemesis, Kick-Ass and Hit Girl must team up with a new wave of masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), in this battle of real-life villains and heroes.
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The story rocked like the first one. Like I said, I only exected more because Jim Carrey was on the cover. They don't brag so big about the other actors, they shouldn't have made him special. It just made me expect more.
The high school girls act was done well until the end of it when the kid decided she had to dress like a slut like them, to defeat them. Staying herself would have made it more meaningful. It actually made me groan. This isn't a movie for tweens and making any scene insipid to grab a younger target audience is just stupid and insulting.
Moretz was going to recap "Hit Girl", since she's four feet taller than last time, but it works because, in the movie, it's years later
too. Not quite believable was Mindy's trauma at being treated like crap by the archtypical "snotty girls"; why would somebody
who's life involves walking alone into a building full of killer thugs, slaughtering them all, and jetpacking to safety free and clear
give two craps what some breeze-brained high school bimbos thought or did? But the writing did set up her attempt to "be normal",
and her eventual recognition that, for her, life would never be normal. Her reconciliation in the end to her unusual circumstances
leaves her in control, and sets up the franchise for another sequel. Will it get made? We'll see ...
The only three movies that come to mind that were really adhere to the source material were Sin City, 300 and Watchmen (loved all three). Unfortunately some things don't translate well to the screen or just can't get past a PG-13 rating (just make it R!!!!) or even an R rating.
One particular scene from the the Kick-Ass 2 comics would've never secured an R rating (MPAA even preemptively warned so). Not giving any spoilers but if you've read the Kick-Ass 2 comics, you know what scene I'm talking about.
Sticking to Kick-Ass 2, actors and actresses simply age. Mindy can't stay a little girl like in the comics. That drew criticism, especially at the end, which deviated from the comics as well. I loved Watchmen, however it unjustly was subjugated to a lot of fanboy backlash because it was almost panel-to-panel the same, minus what the attack was at the end that still spurred the exact same end result.
Movie was excellent, 'nuff said.