Saturday, August 31, 2013

Kick-Ass 2

"Dave, this isn't a comic book. Real people are going to die tonight."

I really went into this one reluctantly because of all the bad press and reviews but I found it to be a glorious romp through the superhero genre and the phenomenon of real life crimefighters like Phoenix Jones.

Kick-Ass 2 is a 2013 British-American superhero action-comedy film based on the comic book of the same name and Hit-Girl, both by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., and is the sequel to the 2010 film Kick-Ass, as well as the second installment of the Kick-Ass film series. The film was written and directed by Jeff Wadlow and co-produced by Matthew Vaughn, who directed the first film.

Everything in this second take on the characters is ramped up to 11, and then some. Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit Girl is another brilliant revelation. She moves like liquid murder and totally commits to the part. You expect that. But what is refreshing is that Moretz's Mindy is also a teen girl with all kind's of issues about being accepted by her peer group. Hit Girl is at her heart just going through changes and doubts about her identity while she beating the snot out of thugs and goons.

I can't get enough of this story. This movie hit me in my sweetest of sweet spots. I guess that says more about me than I want to know.

I am happy that the over-the-top violence and gore from the original comic book series is transferred intact to the movie. This is definitely R-Rated but delivers what it promises. I won't share explanation of the most extreme examples of pushing the envelope in this movie because it will ruin the surprises.

The action comes at you fast and furious and their are some really impressive and exciting action sequences. I left the theatre with a smile on my face. But that's just me. This one was savaged by the critics on Rotten Tomatoes with only 28 % of reviewers saying they like it as opposed to 71% of movie goers who liked it. When there is such a disparity between the critics and the public you know this is one you just might want to see.

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