If you’re going to name your movie Kick Ass, then really it’s pretty clear what you need to do. For those of you who haven’t consumed your wake-up bean juice yet and still find your forebrains in sleep mode, allow me to spell it out for you: K-I-C-K A-S-S.
Luckily, Kick-Ass, the no holds barred tale of wanna be superheroes, did exactly that back in 2010. And if this first Red Band trailer for it’s sequel, Kick-Ass 2, is any indication, then the fine tradition of violently introducing boots to butts is definitely still alive, and well, kicking.
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: “Kick-Ass 2.” After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.
When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. 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, The Mother F%&*^r, 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. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.
While Taylor-Johnson, Moretz,Mintz-Plasse and co definitely appear to once again have their borderline psychotic game faces on for this second outing – franchise newcomer Jim Carrey’s take on Col. Stars and Stripes seems to be especially unexpected and entertaining – and there should no longer be any doubts that the film is definitely not going to be shying away from it’s R-rating, I have to admit that there appears to be a hints of low-budgetness creeping through here and there. The blatantly obvious green screening during that last scene of Hit Girl on top of the van is a prime example.
Kick-Ass was made for just $30 million but director Matthew Vaughn never let you feel it’s lack of big budget, and with the box office success that film had, I’d be guessing that there would be an even bigger checque written for this sequel. But based on certain scenes in that trailer alone, that may not be the case. Now whether that lack of polish is merely due to the cut of that trailer or to Jeff Wadlow’s skills (or lack thereof) as a writer/director, is uncertain. Vaughn personally picked Wadlow to be his successor despite him not exactly having the best filmography in Cry_Wolf and Never Back Down, but Vaughn must have seen something that impressed him.
Dodgy VFX and unproven directors aside though, this film does look it will live up to its since dropped title suffix of being a “balls to the wall” mix of fun and violence and I can’t wait to see it kick some more ass when it releases on August 16, 2013.
Last Updated: March 14, 2013