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Review: Kick-Ass 2

Updated: Friday, August 16 2013, 04:34 AM CDT

Grade: C

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic

Kick-Ass is back for a second round, this time with Hit-Girl as his equal in this teen fighting comedy. Jeff Wadlow took a break from his Bates Motel series to direct Kick-Ass 2, picking up where Matthew Vaughn left off, but it's not seamless and the overall feel of the film looses something in the mix.

In Kick-Ass 2, Dave Lizewski (Kick-Ass) still calls himself a superhero, inspiring many people to become superheroes as well. He joins forces with Mindy (Hit Girl). Mindy (played by Chloƫ Grace Moretz) is a freshmen in high school and now that her dad is gone, she has a caregiver that was friends with her dad. She starts a superhero team with Dave, but ends up quitting after she gets caught for sneaking out to fight crime. Dave turns to a group that is trying to make a difference in the world, headed up by a guy that refers to himself as Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). Everything is good until Chris D'Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), wanting to avenge his father's death, trades his Red Mist superhero persona for a more villainous one and forms his own group.

The best part of this film is the slew of characters that makes it look like Halloween is already upon us. The almost unrecognizable Jim Carrey was understated and this old veteran character that he plays could have been played up so much more and maybe should have been recast. R. Lee Ermey would have been an excellent choice and could have even paid homage to Full Metal Jacket, but maybe that's not what the studios were going for. Even the talented Donald Faison was much underused.

The group of villains that D'Amico forms make for several laughs, but not enough to match up with the first one. Kick-Ass was so fresh for it's time and this addition is very predictable, even though this will be what many fans will want. However, this sequel feels worn and is more like they decided to make a television series out of the movie and landed most of the original cast.

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Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale

A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the  theaters; the story may drag in places

C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever

Review: Kick-Ass 2

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