Having been a fan of the original Kick-Ass film, I was really looking forward to Kick-Ass 2. Unfortunately, it has Jeff Wadlow as the Writer/Director instead of Matthew Vaughn.
What Wadlow failed to understand is that the original was worthy of a sequel, not because of the Kick-Ass character, but Chloë Grace Moretz’ character Hit-Girl. Here, she was Lone-Rangered…the new term, meaning the attempt to or succeeding in turning a hero into a wimp…for more than half the movie.
And, instead of Nicholas Cage as the adult hero and Mark Strong as the villain, we were given a half-hearted Jim Carrey as the adult hero and, in an incredibly weak performance, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the villain. Mintz-Plasse, unfortunately, “jumped the shark” or, in this case, was eaten by the shark. Poor Sharkey’s probably got a belly ache.
To be sure, there are some great scenes…all with Hit-Girl…, but I can only give Kick-Ass 2 half of a perfect score, i.e., 2+ because she was really only there for half the film.
It’s interesting that the next generation of female stars is already secured with Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley, Emma Watson, Emma Roberts and Chloë Grace Moretz, but there are no male actors who have yet matched up to them. The opportunity is wide open.