Caped teens deliver morals with a kick
Mark Millar’s comical take on the tights and flights genre of comics, Kick-Ass, played with the idea of what it’d be like if ordinary people really did don masks and capes to take to the streets and defend the defenceless.
The answer was pure (hilarious) carnage, of course.
Kick-Ass 2 continues where the first film left off, picking up the tale of dorky teen noone Dave Lizewski ( Aaron Taylor Johnson) and his secret identity as ‘‘real-life superhero’’ Kick-Ass, but switches focus to a fan favourite from the first film, Mindy Macready, aka Hit Girl.
In the hope of getting back into the superhero-ing game and ‘‘ teaming up’’ with someone, Dave starts training with Mindy, who has never given up stalking the night as a lethal, foul-mouthed pre-teen vigilante.
But when Mindy is forced to turn in her nunchuks by her cop fosterdad, Kick-Ass ends up joining a gaggle of misfit superhero wannabes called Justice Forever and drawing the attention of superheroturned- supervillain, Chris D’Amico (Christopher MintzPlasse).
As the violence escalates and Dave’s life ends up on the line, Mindy has to decide if she’s going to conform to the world’s (low) expectations for a teenage girl, or get back to doing what she does best – kicking bad guys’ asses.
Kick-Ass 2 is the most brutal, gory, foul-mouthed film to ever bust you over the head with some high morals.
With themes of friendship, honesty and being true to yourself, the story plays out like an incredibly violent and endearingly earnest comingof-age film, only with decapitations, four- letter words and Christopher Mintz-Plasse in a gimp suit.
It’s refreshing to see an action film focusing on a wellrounded, realistic teenage girl who’s sympathetically written.
But don’t let that fool you. There is nothing PC or wishywashy about Kick-Ass 2. It delivers its moral core like a roundhouse kick to the side of the head and follows it up with a knee to the funny bone.
A joyful, exciting and raucous addition to the League of Superhero cinema. Also seen: Much Ado About Nothing: A must for fans of the King Geek, Joss Whedon, this modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy of deception, mistaken identities and gender politics is clever, stylish and, above all, fun.
All Grown Up: Teen superhero Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) faces her most evil enemy yet – the American High School system, in KickAss 2.
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Directed by Jeff Wadlow. Written by Jeff Wadlow from the comics by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Action, comedy, thriller. 1hr 43min. R16 for graphic violence, sexual references and offensive language. Now playing at Reading and Event cinemas.