Film Review: Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2 offers the same schtick as the first film. Fans of the 2010 film should know what to expect from its sequel.

Two years after the first real superhero Kick-Ass came on to the scene, there are an abundance of superheroes wishing to fight crime. While Dave wishes to team up and continue his crusade, Mindy reluctantly retires her Hit-Girl persona for high school…

Kick-Ass had its flaws, although it was an entertaining movie. This sequel is not as enjoyable as the first film. The narrative of Kick-Ass 2 is heavier. It is a story of adolescence as much as superheroes.

The theme of identity runs throughout the film, as it does in the majority of superhero movies. The identity crisis of Mindy is handled well, and there are some amusing high school sequences. Otherwise the theme of culpability, particularly in the second half of the film, is laid on thick.

Kick-Ass 2 is rather serious in terms of consequences.For the real world setting, there is a lot of death. The fact that there are numerous fatalities negates the power of these. That is to say, the impact of these tragedies is not really felt as it moves quickly on to the next one.

The first film was something of a parody of the superhero genre. This film loses the sense of parody, or commentary really, and is almost entirely assimilated by the genre. There are still some amusing references to comics and superhero films, but Kick-Ass 2 lacks the awareness of its predecessor.

Kick-Ass 2 is an incredibly violent film. The graphic violence seems to be there to shock. The device of a cute young girl using strong language grew tired in the first movie, but it is still included here, presumably as an attempt to generate laughs. Performances are decent from both new and returning cast members.

The first film was enjoyable enough, if over-hyped. Kick-Ass 2 is never boring, but equally fails to satisfy.