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

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

Quick Review

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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Deadpool 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

Deadpool 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Deadpool 2 is good fun.  Okay it may not quite hit the heights of the original Deadpool but there’s enough action, humour, crudeness and in-jokes to keep even the most hardened of comic book fans happy.  Adding X-Force and Cable was a good shout, with both having plenty of standout moments but as usual it’s Ryan Reynold’s film and he relishes every second he’s on screen. But as good as the film is, it’s the end credit sequence that gets the biggest laughs. So may not win many new fans but those who loved Deadpool will get loads out of this.

Best Bit: End Credits

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Deadpool, Wolverine Origins, Kick-Ass 2

 

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Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2013

Phil’s 5 Best Films of 2013

Quick Review Year In Review

So here it is… my pick of the BEST films of 2013.  

Film of The Year: Rush
In Brief:I loved Rush.  An excellent drama, a brilliant F1 film and best of all, a movie that keeps it sense of fun and humour.

2. Zero Dark Thirty
In Brief:  One of the first films I saw in 2013 ends up being one of the best.  Thrilling edge of seat drama, with tense direction from Katherine Bigelow and  top notch performances.  Brilliant.

3. McCullin
In Brief: A fascinating documentary on a fascinating man.  It’s not flashy or showy but it tells the story of a true original.

4. The Way Way Back
In Brief: A lovely coming of age film, charming sweet and funny with some great central performances.

5. Despicable Me 2
In Brief: Not just one of the funniest film of 2013 but also one of the most charming.  Okay so it’s mostly down to the excellent Minions but Despicable Me 2 had me quoting lines even to this day.

Bubbling under:
Thor 2, Hitchcock; Alan Partridge Alpha Papa; Mea Maxima Culpa; Iron Man 3; White House Down; Django Unchained; Batman The Dark Knight Returns Pt 2; The Impossible; Olympus Has Fallen; Fast 6; Kick Ass 2, Blackfish

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2013

Phil’s 5 Worst Films of 2013

Quick Review Year In Review

So here it is… my pick of the WORST films of 2013.  And man what a bunch there were to pick from this year, probably one of the worst years in film of recent memory. 

Worst Film of The Year: The Host
In Brief: Oh god.  So incompetent.  So boring. So devoid of any skill or a talent.  Yup The Host is by far the worst film of 2013 and THAT’s saying something.  Inept on every level. Yes if you hated Twilight then this is one to avoid.

2. The Worlds End
In Brief:  I loved Shaun of The Dead. I adored Hot Fuzz. Okay so I didn’t like Paul or Scott Pilgrim so maybe the bubble had already burst but for two hours I sat stoney faced, not laughing more than once. Horrid.

3. A Good Day To Die Hard
In Brief: This was neither good day or a Die Hard movie.  Watch RoboMcClane as he jumps from helicopters, baths in Nuclear water, gets shot at, jumps from buildings and rapes your memory of what a good Die Hard film looked like.

4. R.I.P.D
In Brief: You heard it was bad.  And it was.  Really bad.  Like Men In Black without the good bits.  Or Will Smith. Or even the piss poor sequels.

5. Stoker
In Brief: Yes okay so maybe I just didn’t get it but I was thoroughly bored and unmoved as Poker Face Kidman fails to emote for almost two hours whilst something happens and then… fuck it who cares.

Bubbling under: A Field In England; ABC’s Of Death; I Spit On Your Grave 2; This Is The End ; After Earth; Only God Forgives; Oz The Great & Powerful; Killing Them Softly; Broken City; Gangster Squad; Pain & Gain; Now You See Me; Elysium; Pacific Rim; The Family


Overrated Film of 2013… So Far:
 Gravity (6/10)
Yes that’s right, critic fav Gravity did little for me.  It was nice to look at but man was the story dull and the performances average.  By the end?  I just didn’t care.

 

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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