Movie: Kick Ass 2
My Rating: 3 stars
I enjoyed the Kick Ass movies. The idea of citizens dressing up as super heroes, taking matters into their own hands, to enact a little vigilante justice is always a fun idea. And, this franchise brings a little bit of darkness to the comic book style action. For as over-the-top as the action and concepts are in these movies, the violence is actually pretty real, and has pretty serious consequences for the characters. It’s an interesting spin on the concept. Of course, this sequel is a continuation of that line of thought.
All the stakes are higher in this second installment in the Kick Ass series. For one thing, posses are bigger. Other citizens have seen the difference that a few vigilantes can make, and they want to get in on the action, too. And, the injustices they’re taking on are more serious. Some of these new super heroes are avenging serious attacks on family members and loved ones. This participation in the vigilante community is coming from a much sadder place than the misguided whims of a schoolboy from the first. Of course, along with the rise in new super-heroes comes the influx of new, even more twisted super villains. These are guys who just want to destroy things and hurt people. And, who knows why? The movie hints that it may even come from the same emotional place as the vigilantes. Perhaps these villains have also been hurt in the past, and are lashing out in a more destructive way. It’s an interesting thought to consider.
Then there’s the fact that our main characters, Dave and Mindy, are a little older. They were essentially just children in the first film. But, now they’re young adults. So, they’re in a better position to make real decisions about their lives and their futures. They have to decide if they’re comfortable living on the wrong side of the law to help fight crime and corruption, or if they just want to live the quiet lives of ordinary citizens. And, they have to decide whether they even want to remain a pair. They certainly have the skills to fight crime. Those kids are keeping themselves in shape! But, then there’s high school to think about…and friends, and hormones, and boys. Life can be so confusing.
I’d say that this film is definitely worth checking out if you enjoyed the first movie. It has a lot of the same story line and action sequences as the first, but the themes have grown up a little bit. Of course, this is still a wild, comic-book style story. But, it’s more of the same. So, if you weren’t very impressed by movie number one, then there’s no reason you’d need to see this one.