This sequel to the irreverent action-comedy antidote to the
solemn superhero genre will be best remembered for guest star
Jim Carrey refusing promotion duties because Kick-Ass
2 was too violent in the wake of the Sandy Hook school
Carrey would have been equally justified in distancing
himself from Kick-Ass 2 for it being a terrible movie.
Why the high level of violence came as a shock is not clear,
when punches, kicks, crunches, stabbings and shootings
saturate every frame of this comic book follow-up.
The original breath of fresh air has become stale as we find
costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joining a band of masked
do-gooders led by a barely recognisable Carrey.
Meanwhile, former partner in crime-fighting Hit Girl (Moretz)
faces a more terrifying opponent than street thugs: fitting
in at high school, with all the associated cliches.
What reunites them is the return of the dastardly Red Mist
(Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and his own league of evil
costumed villains who threaten to steal the show.
However, in Kick-Ass 2, the laughs are supposed to
come from playground swear words and bodily functions, which
may appeal to undemanding teenage boys but will leave
everyone else cold.
Kick-Ass 2 (R16)
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Anna Karenina), Chloe
Grace Moretz (Dark Shadows), Morris Chestnut (Identity
Director: Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down).
Screening: Reading Cinemas Queenstown - visit www.readingcinemas.co.nz for
One star (out of five)