Summer 2013 Preview - Kick-Ass 2

Kick-Ass 2

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey, John Lequizamo, Clark Duke, Donald Faison.

Plot: Following the events of the first film, Kick-Ass joins Justice Forever, a group of superheroes fronted by Colonel Stars and Stripes. Hit-Girl struggles through life as both a superhero and a high-school student. Red Mist seeks revenge against Kick-Ass for the death of his father and becomes The Mother Fucker, leader super villain group The Toxic Mega-Cunts.

To put it simply, I cannot wait for this film! 

I remember back in 2010 when Kick-Ass came out. It got so many good reviews and everyone was raving about it. I missed it at the cinema and watched it for the first time on DVD. I loved it and could understand why so many people had given it such high praise. To be honest I was a bit gutted I hadn't gone to see it at the cinema.

Three years later and a sequel is hitting cinemas this week. Kick-Ass 2 follows directly on from the first film and promises to be bigger and better than its predecessor. 

People loved Kick-Ass because it was all-round good fun. It was a fresh take on the superhero genre and I think that did it a major favour. Had it been a run-of-the-mill superhero film then I don't think it would have done so well.

So what is different this time round? Well from the looks of it the scale of the film is bigger than Kick-Ass

There is both a team of superheroes (Justice Forever) and super-villains (The Toxic Mega-Cunts) compared to just the three heroes we had in Kick-Ass. Throw in the fact that Jim Carrey, the master of zany comedy, is playing the leader of Justice Forever and they could be on to another winner here.

I have read a few interviews with the cast and they say that Carrey brings a particular energy to the set that allows him to go nuts with his character. I have even heard that Carrey's performance may even outshine Nicolas Cage's turn as Big Daddy in Kick-Ass. If only they were both in it.

I know there was an issue with Carrey promoting Kick-Ass 2 due to the level of violence but I do not think that will effect the film at all. I am hoping to see Carrey deliver a memorable performance like we know he can.

It will be interesting to see how Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays the villain of the film. His character, Red Mist/The Mother Fucker, looks like he will be going down a much darker route and I can't wait to see how Mintz-Plasse portrays it. Some people will no doubt be shouting "No McLovin don't do it!" when he does something bad.

Then there are the other characters returning from the first film. Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass did a great job in the first film as the awkward teenager trying to be a hero. He had the whole audience rooting for him and I'm sure it will be no different here. How his character will evolve I have no idea but I'm sure there will be a few more beatings along the way.

Then there is Chloe Grace Moretz returning as Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl. Many people were shocked by her foul-mouthed performance in Kick-Ass. She was very good as Hit-Girl and had the best scenes of the entire film, I predict that this will happen again in Kick-Ass 2. Not only does she have to live her life as Hit-Girl, she also has to contend with high-school. From the trailers it looks as if she will be having to put up a fight in both lives. 

I have a feeling we are going to see a step-up in regards to the action sequences in Kick-Ass 2. The fight scenes in the first film were awesome and the idea of Hit-Girl going up against Mother Russia, a 6'6" fighting machine, is just ludicrous, but something that Kick-Ass 2 will deliver. 

My favourite scene in Kick-Ass was the scene where Hit-Girl rescues Kick-Ass and Big Daddy from Frank D'Amico's thugs. If they can top that then Kick-Ass 2 might just be better than the first.

There is no Matthew Vaughn in the director's chair this time round but he is on board as a producer. Also, neither Vaughn or Jane Goldman have returned to write the screenplay. Jeff Wadlow is responsible for both directing and writing the screenplay in Kick-Ass 2. No hard task then for Wadlow as the script was one the highlights of the first film. 

I am sure he will deliver the goods and Kick-Ass 2 will be just as good, if not better than the first film. It will no doubt have a hate campaign against it from the Daily Mail but I am sure that will not stop people from seeing it. If anything I think that just makes more people curious to actually see the film.

We have had three superhero films already this summer with Iron Man 3, Man of Steel and The Wolverine but I think Kick-Ass 2 will be the one delivering the hardest punch of them all.

Check out the trailer below.


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