The sequel is action-packed and graphically violent, but cluttered with clumsy jokes and teen-movie clichés.
Film review: Kick-Ass 2
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey
This inferior sequel finds the Hollywood journeyman Jeff Wadlow replacing the original director Matthew Vaughn, ditching much of the first film’s ironic -humour and unhinged charm.
Following the death of her father, 15-year-old Mindy Macready (Chloë Grace Moretz) has reluctantly retired her superhero alter ego Hit-Girl while she wrestles with normal adolescent issues such as boys, homework and the mean-girl clique at her school. Meanwhile, the nerdy New Yorker Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is still in the crime-fighting game as Kick-Ass, joining a motley team of costumed vigilantes led by the reformed criminal Stars and Stripes, played by Jim Carrey in a strong but disappointingly brief supporting role. Both Mindy and Dave are aiming to avoid trouble, but they are forced to retaliate when their former nemesis Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) reinvents himself as a black-clad supervillain, recruiting an evil gang to help him destroy Kick-Ass.
Wadlow proves his action skills with a handful of graphically violent fight sequences, but ultimately Kick-Ass 2 is cluttered with clumsy jokes, crude caricatures and dumb teen-movie clichés.
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