One of the surprise hits of 2010, was the quirky, action, comedy Kick-Ass. The movie starred Aaron Taylor Johnson, Nicholas Cage, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. But the most popular aspect of the film was the crowd pleasing turn by Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit Girl. Although affable, her character was a gun toting, foul-mouthed, killing, crime fighting 11 year old. Although audiences generally liked the character, many conservative critics felt she was a troubling potential role model. Notably, Roger Ebert, who was so disturbed by the character he gave the film a thumbs down.
Nevertheless, the movie was a hit and it has now spawned a sequel. The irony is that the original film was a satire of summer blockbuster films. But it now appears that this franchise is a legitimate comic book movie and is now following the blueprint for that type of story. Kick-Ass 2 is also seemingly amping up the action and set pieces like so many Comic Book franchises do in a second installment.
What we see in the trailer does looks promising however. The most interesting addition to the cast is the presence of Jim Carrey. Who looks properly deranged and menacing as a new costumed super-hero named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Christopher Mintz-Plasse also returns as the previously named Red Mist who now goes by a different name that is fitting to his new super villain status. His name? The Mother F%&*^r.
Personally, I’m looking forward to Kick-Ass 2. I do think that some of the luster has worn off with a sequel, with this film lacking the fresh, quirky surprise appeal of the first film. Also disappointing is that original Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn,(X-Men: First Class), is not directing this time. Not to mention the film loses some mojo by not having the significant presence of the affable Nicholas Cage, as Big Daddy in this movie.
Kick Ass 2 stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jim Carrey. The film is written and directed by Jeff Wadlow. Kick Ass 2 is scheduled for release August 13, 2013.
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: ‘Kick-Ass 2.’ After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.
Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.