Kick Ass 2 – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Kick Ass 2 – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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The Review: First let me say this. I wasn’t a massive fan of Kick Ass. I didn’t hate it but much like Scott Pilgrim, Sin City & Watchman I found it to be more style than substance. Too aware of it’s own geek cool and not afraid to point it out at every moment.

Yes Mortez was great, no I didn’t care she said ‘Cunt’ at the tender age of 11 and yes the action was brutal, but nothing I hadn’t seen a million times before. I liked the central idea of an everybody becoming a superhero but overall I walked out think “that was okay” and haven’t revisited the film since.\

With this in mind I pretty much stayed away from the hype and promotion for KickAss 2, fully aware that I’d probably see the film but didn’t need that geek cool to be rammed down my throat once again.

With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy but when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad.

Looking at the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes this morning I was shock to see this film sitting at a paltry 28%. That’s less than the critically mauled Lone Ranger. Especially surprising as I thought, overall, this was a much more enjoyable film that the original Kick Ass, less concerned about looking cool, shocking for shock’s sake and shouting ‘I Was Based on a Really Cool Comic Book Don’t You Know’ and more about just interesting characters in even more interesting situations.

In fact, as much as I loved Iron Man 3, for me Kick Ass 2 is the best superhero film of 2013. Cool in it’s own way, with people I actually cared about. Okay so apparently it’s toned down from the comic (I’m not sure we really needed the gang rape of a main character) but as I’m not a fan of the source material that doesn’t really bother me. In fact more over the fact that it doesn’t just set out to shock is for me what stands out about it’s predecessor.

Kick Ass 2 also has some strong action sequences, not least a Good Guys Vs Bad Guys battle that looses the now standard CGI monsters vs Monsters stick of the studio Marvel films and goes with something a little… different. And is FAR more entertaining because of it. Hit Girl vs Mother Russia is for sure the fight of the year to date.

On the subject of Hit Girl, Props go to Chloe Grace Mortez who once again shines and shows that, as long as she doesn’t go all Lohan, she has an amazing and probably award winning career in front of her. Also a massive shout out for Jim Carey who delivers the best performance of his twilight career, even if he was too much of an arse to promote the film (even though his winging actually created even more publicity of the movie… ). Mintz-Plasse is also great as the self titled Mother Fucker, even if he does just deliver the TradeMarked Mintz-Plasse performance.

With assured but not overly showy direction, some social commentary about what it is to fit in, a host of solid action sequences and characters you actually care for, Kick Ass 2 is that rare beast of both a sequel that ends up being more enjoyable that the original and a superhero film that didn’t feel the need to collapse into a CGI want fest.

In short: Fuck the critics, fuck the source material. Just go make up your own mind. You may be pleasantly surprised.

 

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Review: Kick Ass 2 (Cinema)

Review: Kick Ass 2 (Cinema)

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The Review: First let me say this. I wasn’t a massive fan of Kick Ass. I didn’t hate it but much like Scott Pilgrim, Sin City & Watchman I found it to be more style than substance. Too aware of it’s own geek cool and not afraid to point it out at every moment.

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Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2012

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2012

Quick Review Year In Review

Film of The Year: Argo
In Brief: Superbly tense, well paced and directed, Argo was not only the most enjoyable film of the year but also one of the most surprising. A+ for Affleck the director

2. Chronicle
In Brief: WTF. A found footage movie that makes all other found footage movies redundant, Chronicle is also the best superhero story of (a very crowded) year. Clever, shocking, compelling…

3. Skyfall
In Brief: Bond is back and he has (pretty much) never been better.  Whilst Casino Royale was a better film this is by far the better Bond film.  Classic references, great action, superb cast… Bond has a long way to go to top this.

4. Avengers
In Brief: Blockbuster of the year.  Smart, funny, character driven super hero flick that is only let down by an end that isn’t quite as good as the build up.

5. TED
In Brief: Funniest film of 2012 but a country mile, TED is just brilliant.

Bubbling under:
The Dark Knight Rises, The Raid; 21 Jump Street; The Muppets; Cabin In The Woods; Universal Solider: Day Of Reckoning; End Of Watch; Dredd 3D; Killer Joe; How I Spent My Summer Vacation; The Descendants; We Bought A Zoo; Everything Or Nothing

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2008

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2008

Quick Review Year In Review

Film of The Year: The Dark Knight (9.5/10)
In Brief: Without a doubt one of the best movies in many a year, let alone best superhero film ever, The Dark Knight is an amazingly well made and well acted blockbuster that ticks all the right buttons.

2. Wall – E

In brief: Pixar hit gold with this charming kids film

3. In Bruges
In brief: Shock Horror! An original take on the British gangster film.

4. Sweeney Todd
In brief: Tim Burton is back on form with this gruesome musical.

5. Iron man
In brief: Marvel strike gold with what will be one of the all time great Superhero films.

Bubbling under:
Hell Boy 2; Taken; Felon; RockNRolla; Forgetting Sarah Marshal; Rambo; Doomsday; Son of Rambow; Quantum Of Solace; What Happens In vegas