Rating: Worth $5 on PPV or a matinee, but no more.
Summary: Lacking the sharp sarcasm and focus of the first installment, Kick-Ass 2 had been derivative with empty violence, gratuitous cursing and sexual overtones. Superhero films have been hard to follow-up with successful and engaging sequels. Ensemble pieces in any genre had been equally challenging, less the Avengers, Big Chill, X-Men 2 and some classic Star Trek and Star Wars. With teams of superheroes and villains, too many character introductions had scuttled the pace of exploring the conflict of reality vs. fantasy. Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Colonel Stars and Stripes had some fun moments with his vicious dog Eisenhower; however, this rigid performance had fallen short of Nicholas Cage’s previous insanity and vulnerability as Big Daddy. The best scenes of the film had been Hit Girl and Mother Russia expressing their raw violent abilities. Kick-Ass 2’s theme “that reality has consequences” had reinforced that sequels usually just suck “Motherfucker!”
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