Kick-Ass 2 does exactly what it says on the tin

Kelan Headley. INLM32-112gc
Kelan Headley. INLM32-112gc

Kick-Ass 2, the sequel to 2010’s Kick-Ass, catches up with title character Kick-Ass and his friend Hit-Girl, three years on.

The popularity of Kick-Ass, a vigilante and self proclaimed superhero, has resulted in the rise of masked civilians roaming the streets, doing deeds in the name of justice.

After the death of Hit-Girl’s father, her guardian pressures her into giving up crime fighting for good. She agrees to do so and attempts to live the life of an ordinary 15 year old high school student.

Without his partner, Kick-Ass decides to join up with a gang of fellow heroes, lead by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). Chris D’Amico, the spoilt rich son of the first film’s antagonist, gathers his own group of super villains to take down Kick-Ass and destroy the city.

Kick-Ass himself, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson didn’t do much for me at all and took a back seat to Chloe Grace Moretz’ excellent Hit-Girl, who owned the film (a Hit-Girl spin off needs to happen). The two both have a crisis of sorts regarding their heroic double lives and the journey of self discovery they undergo was executed in an effective way.

I really enjoyed Kick-Ass 2. The film was a fun and different take on the superhero genre and it provided a well balanced ton of R rated violence, action and humour.