Let’s begin at the beginning. There was once a film called Kick-Ass. Man, that film rocked. It was paced well, scripted well, shot well and was basically just a great film. Also it ended in a manner that perfectly set up a sequel. A fantastic film that sets up the next one so well, how could this go wrong?…then the film started.
What made the first Kick-Ass so good was how grounded it was. Kick-Ass was you. He was a loser. Every guy he fought kicked his ass, but he kept getting back up. Plus the humourous elements were perfectly married with the serious side, creating a well balanced adventure. In this film however that is all largely forgotten. It’s like the production crew all sat down and decided to get all the things that were enjoyable in the first and overuse them. We get more violence, more swearing and more “jokes”. While I have no real problem with this when it’s done well, it’s just that here it isn’t. It was all just too much. Nothing was paced very well. We went from joke to violence to joke. I was never really sure what the film was trying to be. Was it a light hearted and funny superhero film, or a dark study of consequences? Without moving into spoilers, I can’t really explain this further. You’ll understand when you see it. Though you shouldn’t.
The subplot kinda annoyed me too. The whole mean girls esc, new girl in school thing, was really fucking annoying. Anyone with a brain cell knew where it was going, but it just dragged on and on. That’s not to say it’s all bad. The film shows moments of greatness. The interactions between Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Moretz) are great. In fact Hit-Girl is the best bit of the film. She is a great actress, and hopefully has big things in her future. The action set-pieces are also a stand out, it’s just everything that happens around it that lets the film down.
Kick-Ass 2 is a film that should have been great, but poor pacing leads us to a film that embodies mediocrity. Which is really a shame, given how much I enjoyed the first.
By Matthew Husselbury.