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The self-proclaimed superhero Kick-Ass is back! After giving gangster boss Frank D'Amico a truly bombastic exit, student Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has actually hung up his Kick-Ass suit and now leaves the manhunt to other masked justice fanatics. Inspired by the heroic deeds of Kick-Ass, these are sprouted out of the ground like mushrooms. But Dave can't let it go that far. This is mainly due to Mindy Macready alias Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), who wants to continue Big Daddy's legacy after her father's death - although she has promised her foster father, Detective Marcus Williams (Morris Chestnut), to lead a normal teenage life from now on. But also Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), son of Frank D'Amico and formerly Red Mist, prevents Dave from saying goodbye to Kick-Ass completely. Because Chris wants revenge, he wants Kick-Ass to pay for his father's death. And that's why he appoints himself the most dangerous super villain of all time and recruits a deadly gang as a motherfucker who wants to blow out the light of life from everyone on Kick-Ass's side. Together with a small intrepid group around Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey) Kick-Ass faces his still unknown opponent - not knowing what bloodbath will soon pour over the city…
"Kick-Ass 2" is a somewhat ambivalent affair. On the one hand, the continuation of the film adaptation of the graphic novel by Mark Millar and John S. Romita Jr. has the politically completely incorrect and morally questionable disrespect of its predecessor. And also when it comes to grotesquely exaggerated brutality, director Jeff Wadlow consistently continues the path that Matthew Vaughn has paved for him. There are many scenes that are just fun in their own special way and will certainly satisfy all fans of the first part. Jim Carrey, with his unfortunately quite short performance, is the most amusing and best newcomer of the clearly grown actor ensemble, in which some of the side characters, however, get far too little attention in terms of character drawing. The characters Dave, Mindy and Chris, on the other hand, are consistently developed further, even if a bit overdone. This works really well over long distances, whereby the really interesting developments take place mainly in the first half of the movie.
Despite the high fun factor and several very original scenes "Kick-Ass 2" leaves not only a positive impression. Especially when it comes to the humor, this sequel disappoints more than once. Even the first part was not always a prime example of the most demanding, highly intellectual wit. Yet, Vaughn has always implemented the sometimes very subversive, bitter humor of the original in his movie in an excellent way and thus effectively counteracted the moral questionability of the story. In his film, Wadlow leaves little room for profound wit. Instead of subversively served social criticism, he much prefers kicks in the groin area and a diarrhoea-puke machine. This kind of pubertal faecal humour would not have been necessary. However, since many of the dark and too violent scenes of the original were replaced by rather clumsy Brutalo humor, the story itself is deprived of much power and depth.
This is especially noticeable in a negative way when the viewer should be emotionally touched. There are two such moments, which in themselves are well realized, but in this environment hardly achieve the effect they actually have. Moreover, the somewhat questionable aspects of the story, which are filled with vigilante justice, sexism and violence against young people, don't seem as cryptic as they did in the first film. Still: even though "Kick-Ass 2" can't hold a candle to its predecessor, the sequel also offers very good anti-superhero entertainment. If you don't simply consume the whole thing without questioning the content and recognizing the satirical elements of the story, you can confidently go on a second hunt with Kick-Ass and his friends. Worth seeing
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