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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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #105 – Ant-Man And The Wasp, Mission Impossible Fallout

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #105 – Ant-Man And The Wasp, Mission Impossible Fallout

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #104 – The Incredibles 2, Skyscraper

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #104 – The Incredibles 2, Skyscraper

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #099 – Avengers: Infinity War (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #099 – Avengers: Infinity War (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

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Justice League – Review Round Up

Justice League – Review Round Up

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Want to know what the critics think of the latest hot releases but don’t want to have to search for them?  Well look no further as we round up the reviews from 5 of the most influential sources for the latest BIG RELEASE movie.

This time out: JUSTICE LEAGUE 


Overall Critics Say

 


“It’s messy and flawed but it still offers enough entertainment value (mostly thanks to its likable characters) to make it worthwhile.”- 7.0

 

” DC’s team up extravaganza is a bust, with a vanilla plot, dire bad guy and largely failed attempts at levity. Worth watching for Wonder Woman, but little more.” – 2/5

 

 

” It’s breezily fun at times – but, lumbered with a story that struggles to find resonance beyond its improbable plot devices, Justice League isn’t about to steal Avengers’ super-team crown.” – 2/5

 

” The film is the definition of an adequate high-spirited studio lark: no more, no less…. Yet the movie is no cheat. It’s a tasty franchise delivery system that kicks a certain series back into gear.”


“Considering the circumstances under which it was produced, Justice League–the long-awaited crossover of the DC film universe’s cornerstone characters–is arguably better than it has any right to be. ” -3.5/5

 

 

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Grosse Point Geek – Marvel’s Dr Strange

Grosse Point Geek – Marvel’s Dr Strange

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Brilliant but arrogant neuro surgeon, Dr Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) suffers catastrophic damage to his hands after being involved in a near fatal car accident. After all known medical procedures fail to repair his injuries , he travels to Tibet and seeks the help of the so called ‘Ancient One’ (Tilda Swinton-very good) a sorcerer who has the power to travel to other dimensions, manipulate astral planes and use magic as a weapon against evil.

Doctor Strange is the fourteenth film in the wildly successful and virtually critic proof Marvel cinematic universe, and mercifully its one of the better entries, which frankly it needed to be after the disappointment of Avengers: Age Of Ultron and the highly contrived Captain America: Civil War.

Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) does well with the use of some truly death defying  camera angles and very inventive VFX, there are also some great laughs to be had that are very much in the same vein as the Iron Man trilogy and the first Avengers film.

However to be honest,  the whole affair succeeds principally due to Benedict Cumberbatch. Without doubt this man is probably one of the greatest actors working today, he exudes effortless charisma, turns potentially corny lines into Shakespearean masterworks, completely holds the viewers attention whenever he is on screen, is completely believable in the action stakes and, very much like Downey Jr was as Iron Man, seems to have been born to play Dr Strange. Indeed one could say that without him, this film would not have been half as good, as there are a number of faults that are going to be exposed with repeated viewings.

To begin with its obvious that Marvel has rather cynically chosen this character as he inhabits a world very similar to Harry Potter – which guarantees bumper box office, not only that but the mind bending visuals do seem to have been somewhat aped from the likes of Inception and The Matrix.  Then of course we have the age old Marvel issue of a forgettable bad guy (Mads Mikkelsen – a good actor, who, despite trying very hard is wasted here) and yet another city destroying, sfx heavy climax that, whilst exciting enough, doesn’t give us anything we haven’t seen before in (deep breath) The Avengers, Incredible Hulk, Thor:The Dark World , Captain America: The Winter Soldier etc etc etc.

It also has to be said that as good as their output is, Kevin Feige and Marvel studios have got get out of this perpetual 12A baiting comfort zone that they have been covering themselves in for the past 8 years. Its high time for some of the dark edginess we saw in The Winter Soldier and Guardians of The Galaxy, an introduction of a really good villain that can rival the likes of Loki for both charisma and evil doings, kill off some of the main characters, and for God’s sake do something more original for a climax that doesn’t involve a city being turned upside down and blown to smithereens.

However despite all this, i have to take my hat off to them again as they really are head and shoulders above DC (for the moment) and the very tired looking  X-Men franchise. Not only that but if anything, the one thing Marvel consistently get right is in the casting of its main characters and with Doctor Strange they have pulled off a genuine coup  with Cumberbatch, who not only saves the film from Civil War/Age Of Ultron banality but elevates it to the kind of levels not seen since Downey Jr in Iron Man and Chris Pratt in Guardians.

So overall a good watch – especially if you are a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch.

PS: dont forget to stay for both the mid and end credits scenes.

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek

 

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #001 – Captain America: Civil War

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #001 – Captain America: Civil War

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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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Thor

Thor

Quick Review
Phil’s Quick Capsule Review
Thor is one of the bets Marvel films to date.  Not Iron Man good… That’s a class all on it’s own but getting a blockbuster that’s as much OTT fun as Thor this year (or any other) will be a tall order.  Smart, well made it’s only real fault is a feeling of been here done that in regards to Marvel’s Origins movies.  

Best Bit: Thor lays the smack (hammer) down

Rent, Borrow or Buy: Rent

IMDB Rating: 7/10

If you liked this try: Iron Man (9/10); Spiderman  (8/10); Hulk (5/10)