Written and directed by Jeff Wadlow and based on two of Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr‘s comic books, Kick-Ass 2 picks up with self-made high school superhero Dave a.k.a. Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) after his heroic antics from the first film have inspired a citywide wave of masked vigilantes. Now, Kick-Ass face a formidable challenge brought on by the vengeful Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who has transformed himself into the world’s first super villain, The Mother Fucker, determined to avenge the death of his late father, who previously perished at the hands of Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. But as Mindy (Chloë Grace Moretz) hangs up her Hit Girl uniform and navigates the treacherous high-school social scene, Kick-Ass is forced to patrol the streets with Justice Forever, a fearless group of urban watchdogs fronted by former mob thug Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey).
Having not like the first Kick-Ass film, feeling it was weakened by high school clichés and the cringe-worthy moments that follow, I found this sequel much more enjoyable, even though it still had a hand-full of these awkward situations. This time around, the characters were much better brought together and it focused more on the heroes/villains themselves rather than anything too nonsensical. Still, I can’t help but think of Kick-Ass in two halves – the first as a great superhero comedy/action, and the second as a really bad comedy; there’s just too much crudeness that ruins these films, with constantly bad gags and comedy that you would expect from the likes of Danny McBride.
For me, the absence of Nic Cage helped an awful lot too, as I hated his relationship with Chloë Grace Moretz in the first film. Moretz was able to flourish without her creepy father by her side here, and with the addition of Jim Carrey and Donald Faison, the cast certainly made a big improvement.
Kick-Ass 2 was released on DVD on 9th December.