The concise critics

Kick-Ass 2

Year : 2013 Director : Jeff Wadlow Running Time : 103 minutes Genre : ,
Movie review score

What’s it about?
Nebbish high-schooler Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has sparked a masked-vigilante craze as Kick-Ass. But wannabe supervillain Chris D’Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is still fuming over the death of his criminal dad at Kick-Ass’s hands (and bazooka). Orphaned freshman Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz) is kicking street-thug butt as spunky lone-wolf Hit Girl but her adolescence is fast blooming and catty teen bitches are much tougher to crack than crooks.

What did we think?
Ben says: OK, so it’s teenage Watchmen meets Mean Girls, with McLovin’ in emo. Like its tighter prequel, this hyperactive comic-book adaption is laden with irony (no lumbering Christopher Nolan-esque existential brooding here), with crunching ultra-violence erupting often and hilarious X-rated dialogue that would have Tarantino blushing. Bonus points: The naughty c-word is not just said but spelt out on screen; a hulking Russian she-woman wreaks carnage as a remix of the Tetris theme plays; and it’s a modern superhero flick in which NO SKYSCRAPERS TOPPLE. Halle-motherf’n-lujah to that.

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