Kick-Ass 2: What You Need To Know
What’s the background?
Next week sees the DVD & Blu-ray release of the much-anticipated sequel to 2010’s Kick-Ass, based on Mark Millar’s comic book of the same name. The first film enjoyed quite a bit of success at the box office, grossing over $96m worldwide, as well as garnering favourable reviews from critics. For Kick-Ass 2, it’s more of the same: fast-paced action, jokes-a-plenty and lots of gratuitous violence.
This time around, Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, X-Men: First Class) is replaced in the director’s chair by Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down), but the cast is pretty much the same with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse all reprising their roles from the first instalment. Additionally, the sequel stars Jim Carey as ex-mobster-turned-vigilante Colonel Stars and Stripes.
What’s the plot?
Kick-Ass 2 picks up roughly where the first film left off, with Dave (Taylor-Johnson) and Mindy (Moretz) trying to live normal lives as teenagers. As graduation nears, Dave decides to create the world’s first team of superheroes, but his plans are soon scuppered when Mindy gets caught sneaking out in her Hit-Girl guise and is forced to retire. Dave instead teams up with Justice Forever – a group of vigilante heroes inspired by Kick-Ass’ exploits, led by Colonel Stars and Stripes.
Meanwhile, Chris D’Amico (Mintz-Plasse) accidentally kills his mother and becomes bent on avenging his father’s death. Just as Justice Forever are beginning to make headway in cleaning up the streets, D’Amico ditches his Red Mist persona and reinvents himself as the city’s first super-villain. Only Hit-Girl can save the group of heroes from certain destruction...
Anything else we should know?
Kick-Ass caused some controversy on its release back in 2010, largely due to some of the colourful language delivered by Moretz’s character at a time when the actress was only 11 years old. This time around it is the violence, not the language that has been the source of controversy, with Jim Carey distancing himself from the film publicly via Twitter earlier this year.
Does it deliver?
We should say so. Kick-Ass 2 is a film that does exactly what it sets out to: entertain. Some aspects of the film may be a little too much for those of a nervous disposition but the violence is more comedic than disturbing. Yes, there’s also lots of swearing, but for anyone who is not too easily offended this film is a very enjoyable watch.
Kick-Ass 2 is available on DVD & Blu-Ray from December 9th
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