Saturday, August 17, 2013
Kick-Ass 2 review; a fun, yet unfulfilling ride
I was a big fan of the 2010 film, Kick-Ass. Based on a graphic novel by Mark Millar, and directed by Matthew Vaughn, it was a fun superhero movie with it's own style and tone. It wasn't dark and serious, and it wasn't campy and ridiculous either. It was based in reality and featured a ton of laughs and a LOT of blood. Aaron Taylor-Johnson was the newcomer asked to bring the comic book hero to life. Chloë Grace Moretz played Hit-Girl, a child assassin with the mouth of a sailor. Christopher Mintz-Plasse played a rival superhero, turned villain in the film. The three main actors are back for more fun. This time, the film is directed by Jeff Wadlow who has been announced as the director of the upcoming X-Force film. Here's more about Kick-Ass 2... let's go!
What I liked about the film:
Moretz is the star of the show! We get to see a conflicted young girl, who could kill at the flip of a switch, struggle to find herself. She has been forced, in a way, to become domesticated. She lives with her new guardian, and is a freshman in High School. But she doesn't know this world; a world the rest of us would consider normal. What is prom? What is a curfew or rules? Moretz has the best character development in the film, and luckily she is a gifted actress who can sell us all on her character's internal conflicts. She is terrific in the film.
Jim Carrey may be a headlining actor in the film; but unfortunately, he's barely in the film. And it's too bad too. His character, the actor's delivery, make-up, his demeanour, are all top notch. I wish Carrey got more screen time in this thing! Donald Faison, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo and Clark Duke round out a very talented supporting cast that made the Kick-Ass universe seem much bigger than just one person.
Henry Jackman and Matthew Margeson's score in this film is awesome. The movie had me tapping my feet and stopping myself from throwing false alarm punches at the screen. It was just a lot of energy when the scenes called for it. And the material with Moretz dealing with High School were perfect. Nicely done.
What I didn't like about the film:
The Story/The Script
The Tone has Been Lost
Speaking of Wadlow, I didn't like what he did to my beloved Kick-Ass franchise. It's just not the same without Matthew Vaughn at the helm. And again, some people are going to love the craziness that Kick-Ass 2 has to offer, I'm not one of them. Just because we saw a character in the graphic novel, doesn't mean he or she will translate into a good film character. There are villains from the graphic novel that are nothing more than a henchman in the film. I'm only assuming here, but I think Wadlow thought it was fan service to include certain villains that are barely in the film. Disappointed and now even more concerned with what Wadlow will do to X-Force, now that he's officially signed on to directed.
The Character Development
It's a ton of fun, but ultimately it's an unfulfilling sequel