‘Kick-Ass 2’

Kick-Ass 2_PosterOne of the biggest surprises in these last 13 years of big time comic book movies was Kick-Ass, the indie adaptation of the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. comic book from Marvel’s Icon imprint. It was great! Much better than the comic book itself, I ranked it in the top 10 of all modern age comic book films back when I made that list in 2010.

Now we’re back for a sequel and I’m, shockingly, somewhat uneasy. That’s not to say that I’m not excited to see Kick-Ass 2, I totally am, but I worry that the first film was a “lightning in a bottle” moment that will be hard to recapture. The great cast is still in place with one major exception (will Jim Carrey match Nicholas Cage’s brilliant performance?) but director Matthew Vaughn, who has yet to make a bad film, has given way to Jeff Wadlow who is basically a complete wild card.

There may or may not be a special edition podcast on this one, that remains to be seen. If there is, we’ll of course let you know.

Are you going to see Kick-Ass 2? Of course you are! So let’s talk about it!

If you haven’t seen the movie yet be forewarned – there be SPOILERS ahoy! So don’t scroll down any further if you are sensitive to that kind of thing.


  1. Just got back from it and I enjoyed it. It isn’t as good as the first movie but it’s still enjoyable enough. As with this first movie I think Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit Girl is the best part of the movie. Jim Carrey is fine with his role and I was pleasantly surprised he doesn’t really overdo it like he does sometimes.

  2. Kick-ass was surprisingly good if you turn it off half-way through.

  3. I was planning on seeing this with a friend but now it looks like I’m rolling solo today. Now I’m not sure if I still want to go today; but I just read through all the comics last night so I guess today’s up in the air. BTW, I thought the Hit-Girl comic was great, almost better than K-A2. I read somewhere online that this movie is more of a comedy, but fan reactions (so far) seem to like it. Don’t expect alot of support from other critics tho, Fandango has 60-40 scores from them.

    • This was AWESOME! So good, it might be the best movie I’ve seen ALL SUMMER. WAYYYYY better than IM3, on par with MoS, more substance than “Pacific Rim” (or at least more balanced). The reason I was looking forward to this so much is because I knew the movie would “fix” the book’s story. Or at least tweak it to make it great. It almost feels more real than the world/characters from the source material (even though theres so many Hollywood moments and twists). I was kinda disappointed there were only 25-30 people in my theater (nowhere near halfway full), but maybe this will follow the success path of the first and get a cult following. The humor (so good!!!) the action (so graphic, so RAW) the acting (Jim Carry and Don Faison rocked their roles); so much to love. I guess my next (and final) Summer movie is “At the World’s End”. Should be good; also surprised how many good trailers were shown (not counting “Riddick”).

  4. I saw the movie last night and in my opinion it’s a lot better then the first. I’ve read all the books so already knew what was going to happen to Jim Carrey’s character and it was fun seeing peoples reactions. There seemed to be a lot more action. Also nobody in my theatre stayed for the after credits scene with the Mother Fucker. I loved it and will most definitely be seeing it again soon.

    I know it’s such a stupid scene but I loved the part where Mindy is hanging out at that girls place and theyre watching the boy band video haha.

    Also I’m impressed they took such a dark scene like when Mother Fucker rapes Night Bitch and made it kinda funny.

    Not sure why but a lot of review sites hate it like Rotten Tomatoes and yet the fans love it. I’m beginning not to trust critics opinions anymore and just see the film.

    • Yeah I missed the post credits scene, I was going to stay but the ushers came in and started cleaning up and everyone else had left so I figured there must not be anything.

    • It involves the Mother Fucker in the hospital with his legs cut off trying to get a drink out of a straw. It lasted only a couple seconds but still worth the wait

    • Okay, thanks!


      I wish I had stayed for that, I was surprised they killed him off, I thought they would just mangle him like in the books so I’m glad they had that scene then.

    • Everyone in my theater stayed. It is worth it. A cherry on TOP of a cherry…

    • “I’m beginning not to trust critics opinions anymore and just see the film.”

      Definitely go with that thought. In my experience, movie critics hate anything genuinely interesting or original, or just plain fun. It seems to makes them feel oh so clever.

  5. Yeesh. I felt that this was very weak. That’s probably due to the fact that it’s source material wasn’t as good as the first.

    Like the first film, it was very stylish (which I like), but doesn’t make up for the loose story. It felt barely strung together and forced just for the sake of fight scenes and shock-value.

    The acting was very top-notch, however. This is the first time that I will praise Jim Carey for a movie that he made in MY lifetime. Young Chloe was very good! She still gets the snark and personality for Hit-Girl down-pat. Dave was still pretty solid. There’s honestly not much to do with the character. And I know The Motherfucker wasn’t supposed to be an interesting, competent villain at all, but the actor who played him just fell flat for me.

    The fight scenes were good, but it felt like this movie was made with ONLY these in mind; that the REST of the movie was just the means of achieving them. They were for the most part well-choreographed, however.

    Definitely not as good as the first one. In fact, not very much enjoyable for me at all (Like the comic!)… I continue to be underwhelmed with this summer’s hero movies…

  6. Saw the movie Friday night and enjoyed it. It veered from the original story a bit, but did it the book justice and was good.

  7. I wasn’t planning on seeing “Kick Ass 2.” No Matthew Vaughan, no Nicolas Cage, and no Mark Strong. Nothing in the trailers seemed to suggest it was much better than an a Direct-to-DVD sequel and on top of that, did anyone actually like “Kick Ass 2” the comic? However, tonight, I wanted to see a movie and the timing worked out, so I figured I’d give it a shot. And, like the first film, it’s surprisingly good. It’s significantly scaled down but writer/director Jeff Wadlow keeps things moving and gets solid performances out of everyone that you only notice during the handful of greenscreen sequences. I also think that he also made the Motherf*cker more interesting by making him “less extreme” and actually squeamish about things that the audience is squeamish about and choosing to focus on gory, gross mayhem in lieu of brutality. That and absurd details like the fact that in the Motherf*cer’s evil secret lair they serve Frapaccinos in the VIP room or Hit Girl’s overflowing swear jar. Finally, as good as Chloe Grace Moretz and Jim Carrey are in this, I think Olga Kurkulina steals the show as Mother Russia. Her one-woman stand off with the cops was awesome and the fact is that you don’t see a female heavy too often. It’s far from perfect and it’s not as good as the original, but it is far better than I expected.

    • I liked the comic, but I wouldn’t say it’s “better” than the first one. To me it was more of the same, just bigger. I thought “Hit-Girl” was the best of the saga honestly.

      What parts did you think were scaled down? Some of them I thought came close to going too far, like the neighborhood rampage. I got a little comfortible during those scenes. Didn’t have that problem with the rest of the movie though.

      I liked the Motherf***er more in this than the book, he was just more entertaining. He was a pussy trying to be a Super Villain, but somehow couldn’t get to “Evil” status even when he got serious about it. Part of me wonders: why does Chris D’amico fail to be Super Villain when Dave Lezewski succeeds as a hero? They’re the same person I think, but somehow Dave wins and Chris fails. What makes them different (besides one is good and the other’s bad)?

      I liked the henchmen, Black Death and the Tumor (“Not stereotypes, ARCHEtypes”). And Mother Russia was pretty boss I agree. Her fight with Hit-Girl was one of my favorite moments in the movie. She was almost the Joker to Hit-Girl’s Batman. I wonder though if Hit-Girl’s “secret weapon” would’ve worked in real life? I’m not sure it would.

    • Darn it, I got UNcomfortible during some scenes in the movie.

  8. (Just saw that the girl that plays the Mean Girl is only 17? They didn’t make 17-year-olds like that when I was in high school.)

    Anyway, I had a lot of fun with this. I think I maybe liked it more than the first?

  9. I thought this movie was excellent. No, it wasn’t as good as the first film, but for a sequel I’d say it’s a strong follow-up. The two things that knocked it down a bit was recasting Evan Peters from the first movie (which always takes me out of a film when I see a different actor playing the same part) and the lack of Nicolas Cage (who was so great in the first film).

    I’d be all for them making a Kick-Ass 3 or Hit-Girl movie at this point…