Kick-Ass 2: "You Don't Have To Be A Bad Ass To Be A Superhero. You Just Have To Be Brave"

Director: Jeff Wadlow
Writer:    Jeff Wadlow
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson
               Chloe Grace Moretz
               Christopher Mintz-Plasse
               Jim Carrey
               Olga Kurkulina
               Lindy Booth
               Donald Faison
               Garrett M. Brown
               John Leguizamo
Rating:    ****

Release Date: 14/08/2013

3 years ago a film came out that not only excited me, made me laugh and shocked me with it's brutality; but it also converted me to a superhero movie fan. I know Kick-Ass was not your conventional superhero film, but it's gritty realism and brilliant character work made me realise how superb some actual superhero movies can be. 3 years later and the sequel I have been anticipating the most (excluding the distant dream, Scream 5) has been released; Kick-Ass 2 is a funny, adrenaline-fuelled and at times shocking film, that unfortunately doesn't quite reach the dizzying heights of excitement that it's predecessor once did.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Chloe Grace Moretz
Since the death of her father, Mindy McCready (Moretz) has been protecting the streets of new york by herself, what with Kick-Ass hanging up his mask, and Silver Mist being kept home by his mother, she is flying solo. With them absent, people around New York have taking it upon themselves to fight crime and come up with their own superhero titles. As this phenomenon grows, David (Taylor-Johnson) finds himself missing his old action packed life and turns to Mindy to help train him up to ho he once was, and it's here that Kick-Ass and Hit Girl are reunited.

On the other side of town, Chris D'Amico (Mintz-Plasse) is growing angrier by the day; with a new surge of superheroes, including Colonel Stars and Stripes (Carrey) and Doctor Gravity (Faison), he decides to form his own group to take them on and get vengeance for Kick-Ass killing his father. He becomes supervillain The Mother F**ker, and uses his great wealth to pay various thugs and criminals from around the city to join his league of supervillains; and with his henchman (Leguizamo) and violent sidekick Mother Russia (Kurkulina) along for the ride, they start a violent and deadly rampage, attacking any heroes they meet. There is only one person that can end the killing spree; but only Kick-Ass or  The Mother F**ker will survive in the end.

Donald Faison
Kick-Ass 2 is a brilliant film filled with plenty of action, intense drama and some shocking twists that threw me completely by surprise. The issue is that Jeff Wadlow misses the sharp wit that was formed so wonderfully in the first movie. He tries to write jokes and gags, but none of them work; a particular scene where he tries to make rape funny really stands out to me. Apart from that it is a really fun movie and his something for everyone. Chloe Grace Moretz's plot line was especially heartfelt, and mirrors what we can expect from her in the upcoming Carrie remake.

Kick-Ass 2 - Red Band Trailer