I was a huge fan of Kick Ass. It was the perfect love letter to the Superhero genre, whilst also poking fun at itself. It was witty, charming and entertaining.
So naturally when Kick Ass 2 was announced, and casting news started to surface I was over the moon excited. I’d hoped it would be a success, and a witty follow up to the original. After all, there’s plenty of material to poke fun at, look at all the cliché sequels dogging the industry these days. Surely we could get a hilarious sequel that stayed true to the original?
Sadly, this was not the case. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if none of the crew behind this movie had never even seen Kick Ass. Kick Ass 2 is exactly what the original film was trying to avoid. A cut and paste superhero flick.
We pick up where we left off with the original, Big Daddy is dead, Kick Ass and Hit Girl are trying to adapt to civilian lives and the fallout from emerging Superhero’s in the original is really picking up some steam.
As more and more heros start popping up, it’s not long before Kick Ass and Hit Girl decide to don the costumes again and get back in the game. Unfortunately for them The MotherF***er is out for revenge after what happened in the first.
The premise should have been a recipe for success. After introducing Superhero’s in the first the stakes get upped with some real life Super-villains taking things to the next level. Sadly it was totally mishandled.
None of the characters act like they did in the original, there are a number of ridiculous plot holes, the story is uninteresting and it totally lacks the charm and tongue-in-cheek humor we saw in KickAss.
Hell, there are a number of points where I found myself looking around the cinema saying “is this actually happening, THIS is in the film?”. The film was created by a team that not only couldn’t handle the subject matter, but totally missed the point the first time around.
If you’re interested in a mindless popcorn flick, by all means see Kick Ass 2, but if you’re a fan of the original hoping for them to capture lightning in a bottle twice, avoid at all costs.