Release year: 2013
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Screenwriter: Jeff Wadlow, Mark Millar (comic book), John Romita Jr. (comic book)
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Morris Chestnut, Claudia Lee, Clark Duke, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Faison
The heroics of Kick-Ass has inspired more regular people to dress up as superheroes and roam the streets to make them safer, while Dave (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Mindy (Chloë Grace Moretz) try to live as normal teenagers. But when Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) decides to change from superhero Red Mist to super villain The Mother F%&*^r , Kick-Ass and Hit Girl might have to suit up to end what they started.
Wadlow (Never Back Down, 2008) takes over the reign of the adaptation of Millar and Romita Jr.’s superheroes after Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, 2011) who made the popular Kick-Ass in 2010. The sequel stays in the same style, at the same time delivering ultra-violent action giving strong evidence of its comic origin while giving us more realism than most superhero movies. Both movies have been criticized for glorifying violence, due to the stylish fighting sequences with the ass-kicking Hit Girl cutting off body parts with glee, but truth is the Kick-Ass movies touches the possibility of death more than most movies in the genre and are not afraid of drawing blood from the heroes as well. Most of the original cast reprises their roles, most notable the leads, with Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla, 2014) once more putting on the green scuba-diving costume and lending his quirky voice to narrate the glory. But no Kick-Ass without Hit Girl! There is no doubt that the stellar performance by the talented young Moretz (Let Me In, 2010) is a big part of the success of the two movies. Hit Girl is the only one in the movie that comes anywhere near being a real superhero and you never tire of watching the hard-hitting youngster taking down her opponents like a pro with smiles and a sarcastic comment. Luckily Wadlow understands the value of his character and we get to see a lot of both Mindy and her alter ego Hit Girl, with the former struggling to find herself as a normal teenager and surviving in High School, which is almost as entertaining as watching her jump around in her purple suit. The movie looses a bit to the first, due to the fact that the surprise element and freshness is gone and you miss Big Daddy, but this is a great sequel and leaves you wanting more! Especially more of Hit-Girl; spin-off please!
The posters seen in Dave’s room, “American Jesus” and “Superior”, are two graphic novels written by “Kick-Ass” author Mark Millar.
Picture copyrights: UIP