Resident reviewer Gavin Miller runs the rule over much-awaited sequel Kick-Ass 2...
This sequel to the acclaimed comedy-tinted superhero flick has traded the ‘smarts’ of the original with a bit more ‘Hollywood’
The violence remains, but isn’t as bad as new co-star Jim Carrey alleged and is only done at key moments.
Following the first film, countless humans have donned outlandish clothing and vowed to keep the streets clean – with one group led by Carrey’s Colonel Stars and Stripes – and after Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moritz) hangs up her cape after her cop-mentor Marcus (Morris Chestnut) vows to keep her safe, an itchy-footed Kick-Ass steps up.
But when Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) vows revenge, it puts everyone in imminent danger.
And even though this lacks the ingenuity of the first film with a fairly generic plot, its colourful characters, humorously violent set-pieces and several stand-out comedy moments, makes this a more-rounded experience.
For die-hard fan, Kick-Ass 2 quite obviously forsakes a little of its integrity to provide a thoroughly watchable popcorn-cruncher that has deducted originality from its repertoire.
But this sequel still sticks to its roots to provide tastefully humorous violence not often seen in mainstream cinema since the action heyday of the eighties.