“They may wear costumes but it isn’t Halloween. They’re real life superheroes!” If you are experiencing a bad case of the end-of-summer blahs, here is a rather rambunctious solution you may want to consider. Kick-Ass 2 hits theatres this weekend, picking up the story of the costumed teenage crime-fighters where it left off in 2010. This isn’t just another little superhero movie, however. Although there is a clear comic book theme that rings true throughout the film, there are a few things that will differentiate Kick-Ass 2 from all the other superhero films you’ve seen this summer. First of all, although the teenagers from the original film have grown up some since the last installment, they are still struggling with a heavy dose of teenage angst while they try to find their place in the world. Mindy and Dave have been trying to assimilate themselves into a normal high school existence, which actually might be one of the bigger challenges either of them has ever faced. Much of Kick-Ass 2 promises to feature the tug-o-war Mindy (Chloe Grace Moratz) herself faces as she tries to discover her truest identity--is she Hit-Girl? Or just Mindy? Or something in-between?
In the original film, Red-Mist (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) was the overindulged son of New York City’s notorious crime boss, Frank D’Amico. In this latest Kick-Ass adventure, Red-Mist has now re-invented himself as a super villain named Mother F%&*^r, gathering together an army-like posse of henchmen to perpetuate his vengeful agenda against Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit-Girl.
Kick-Ass 2 also introduces Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes--a quirky ex-mobster who now tries to help the downtrodden members of society who the system has completely failed. Dressed in a mask and fully decked out in camo, Colonel Stars and Stripes now relies heavily on his trusty German shepherd sidekick, duly named Eisenhower.
Kick-Ass 2 promises to be a very humorous, action-filled and wild ride, taken to the absolute hilt in true superhero style. Yes, it’s a bit ridiculous to have people running around in masks and stretchy suits in real life, but this isn’t real life, which is part of why we love superhero movies anyway. The quintessential battle of good vs. evil definitely takes a new hilarious twist in Kick-Ass 2 as a bunch of vigilante teenagers in costumes start acting like bona fide badasses. Irreverent and potentially somewhat hokey, this film looks like it should be a fun ride.
Take a look at the NSFW Extended Trailer for Kick-Ass 2: