Mark Millar's comic book characters come back to the big screen for another installment of what is sure to offend, outrage, and secretly be enjoyed by fans across the globe. Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to the 2010 surprise hit from director Matthew Vaughn (returning this time as producer), reunites actors Aaron (Kick-Ass, Anna Karenina) Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace (Let Me In, Hugo) Moretz, Morris (Boyz N the Hood, The Call) Chestnut, Clark (Greek, Hot Tub Time Machine) Duke, and Christopher (Superbad, Fright Night) Mintz-Plasse with an added bonus of John (Moulin Rouge, ER) Leguizamo and scene-stealing performance from Jim (Dumb & Dumber, The Truman Show)Carrey in director Jeff Wadlow's newest entry in the absurd, action/comedy superhero satire franchise.
This time around, the title hero has inadvertently triggered a series of events that leads to the formation of two new concepts in the real world: The creation of hero teams and a piece to the equation that the police are less than enthused about: villains. Swearing revenge for what happened at the climax of the last film, the Red Mist has given himself a new costume, a makeover, and a brand new code name, more fitting for his newest venture: to become the world's first and greatest super villain. Almost two hours of nonstop over-the-top violence and laugh-a-minute banter later, the film successfully creates both an out for the moviemakers and its stars as well as an in for yet another installment if they choose to go that particular route.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this film is the unapologetic lack of a moral. The first film seemed to be a surprisingly heartfelt film once you got past all of the immature racist, homophobic, and sexist comments being casually slung by children playing dress-up. A lot of fans enjoyed the fact that the original (not to mention will enjoy that its sequel) remained, at its core, very true to the spirit and meaning of its source material. Those viewers will be pleased to see that this film, no matter how much you look for it, is exactly what the first film lacked, making it an actually more enjoyable viewing, but for all of the wrong reasons: This film is pure, simple, unadulterated shock value. And it embraces it at every turn. Plus, the weakest point of the original is gone. This film has no scenes ruined by the acting talents (or lackthereof) of Nicolas Cage.