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Consider the Audience’s Ass Kicked

'Kick-Ass 2' doesn’t quite work

August 20, 2013, 12:00 am

When we last left Mindy/Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Dave/Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), one was fatherless and the other had blown up Chris/Red Mist’s father with a bazooka. It was some truly primal shit, made all the more bizarre by the fact that Hit Girl’s dad, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), was not revealed to be a crazy, insane person like he was in the comics.

Normally, the ins and outs of what makes it on screen from the source material—in this case, the revelation that Big Daddy is a psycho—don’t much matter. But admittedly, it’s nice to hear Dave say out loud to Mindy early in Kick-Ass 2, “You know your father was insane, right?” 

It doesn’t help that the some of the violence in Kick-Ass 2 is so distasteful. I like a good shotgun to the face as much as the next guy, but ruthlessly killing 10 New York City police officers for laughs seems at best odd and at worst cruel. 

That’s supposed to be part of Kick-Ass 2’s charm, of course. Writer and director Jeff Wadlow seems to enjoy the audience squirminess potential of cheering on a 15-year-old girl stabbing a bodybuilding Russian cannibal to death. But really, is that something we should cheer on?

Directed by Jeff Wadlow
With Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Jim Carrey
Regal Santa Fe Stadium 14
103 min.


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