"Kick-Ass 2" Movie Review: 1 1/2 Stars
by Michael Phillips
"Kick-Ass 2," the sequel to the 2010 adaptation of Scottish comic book author
Then came the counterarguments from Carrey's "Kick-Ass 2" collaborators, including Moretz. She presumably has a percentage of the sequel's profits and sound business reasons to object.
"It's a movie and it's fake," she said, "and I've known that since I was a kid ... if anything, these movies teach you what not to do." Separately Millar, who executive-produced the sequel, chimed in with his fiscal gratitude: "For your main actor to publicly say, 'This movie is too violent for me' is like saying, 'This porno has too much nudity.'"
Moretz's comment was the oddest, the one about how "Kick-Ass 2" instructs us in the costs of all that quippy, bloodthirsty street justice. Honestly, now. These movies do not teach anybody anything about avoiding the kick-assery. Worse, director Wadlow's fight sequences satisfy none of my action-movie requirements for clarity and excitement. They don't even satisfy my cheapest revenge impulses.
The sequel sets up one round of heinousness after another, and the audience waits for the money shots. When the meanest girls in high school bully Mindy, aka Hit Girl (the bullying here is constant and hammering), she pulls out her late father's "sick stick," which causes instantaneous and simultaneous projectile-vomiting and projectile-diarrhea, and that is meant to be really sick, as in cool.
So is the scene of attempted rape, played for laughs and focusing on
"Kick-Ass 2" Movie Trailer
After Kick-Ass’ bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by Colonel Stars and Stripes, our hero joins them on patrol. When these superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist—reborn as The Mother F%& ^r—only Hit Girl can save them
MPAA rating: R (for strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and brief nudity).
Running time: 1:47.
Credits: Written and directed by
Article: Copyright © 2013 Tribune Media Services, Inc.
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