KICK-ASS 2on August 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm
Changing the hero’s journey from KICK-ASS to HIT GIRL allows HIT GIRL to really take center stage this time around rather than KICK-ASS, but the film itself is a lesser piece than it’s predecessor. The pacing is a bit off and at times it almost feels like it’s mocking its comic origins rather than embracing them, coming off as more of an Adam West 60′s Batman type parody rather than gritty graphic novel of current day. I have no choice but to lay the blame for that failure at the hands of the new director and writer Jeff Wadlow. Although there is some new casting like Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes, and John Leguizamo as Chris D’Amico’s friend and aide, Javier, (who were just great in their roles along with some other new comers) it is the change of writer/ director which really seems to leave the bad taste in your mouth. I therefore have no choice but to feel that had Matthew Vaughn returned we would have gotten a better film and one that would have, ahem, kicked ass a bit more.
If you are a hard-core fan of the comics then prepare to be disappointed. If you are a big fan of the first film then prepare to fall in love with Moretz’s HIT GIRL as all other characters you either won’t care much about, are boring, or are despicable. If you happen to be a fan of action films or the movies then prepare for some great moments (mostly from HIT GIRL or Olga Kurkulina’s Mother Russia) surrounded by moments of bad pacing and a lack of vision that clearly corrupts the storytelling. I am all for a third film, but without the guiding presence of Matthew Vaughn I would be worried which makes me wonder just what Bryan Singer will give us with X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST after a great X-MEN FIRST CLASS effort by Vaughn, but that is another story. For more CBGs on KICK-ASS 2 click HERE!
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