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AW Movie Review: Kick-Ass 2

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“Kick-Ass 2” can’t decide what it wants to be when it grows up: a vessel for unhinged vengeance and destruction or a meta-critique of those same impulses. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Reviews like this on Rotten Tomatoes had me nervous when I purchased tickets for “Kick-Ass 2” last night. Complaints of too much violence (I anticipated a blood bath but KA2 was really no worse than its predecessor) were a big cause for the negative ratings that the film received. The problem is, Rotten Tomatoes has become a cesspool of general criticisms for films that were never intended for a general audience.

Maybe they should stick to pleasing The Academy by reviewing films like “The Butler” and leave reviews of films like this to the target audience. There has been a huge gap between user reviews and critic reviews on the site and that shows just how little fans are being represented by film critics in today’s movie industry.

Now, down to business.

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t know what to expect when seeing “Kick-Ass 2”. I had read the “Kick-Ass” comics, including the “Hit Girl” series, and I was a big fan of the first film.

“Kick-Ass 2” follows the first film where Mindy, AKA Hit Girl, must cope with a life without her father. Struggling with life as a normal high school teen, she must decide if she can give up the life of fighting crime in order to live like a normal 15 year old teen.

Dave, AKA Kick-Ass, wants to get back into the life of a superhero and joins a team of other homemade heroes led by Jim Carey’s portrayal of Colonel Stars and Stripes.

Many reviewers felt like “Kick-Ass 2” had little substance when compared to the original and I say, hogwash! What makes the “Kick-Ass” franchise special is the strong character development. “Kick-Ass 2” didn’t hold back when it came to making us care about the characters. In fact, it might have even done it more so than the first film.

Whether we are taking part in the distracted relationship between Kick-Ass and his father, or watching Hit Girl deal with the struggles of being a female in high school, “Kick-Ass 2” does a tremendous job of getting the audience involved in the character’s struggles.

If you were a fan of the first “Kick-Ass” movies, you will enjoy “Kick-Ass 2”. Like the first film, this sequel doesn’t take itself too seriously. The vibrant colors make the New York backdrop look like a page out of the comic book and it’s one of the few films out there that will actually make you laugh at some extreme violence.

What some people fail to understand is that this is an R-Rated Dark Comedy that accomplishes what it set out to do. It is funny, it’s violent and it is a great character story. The film is obviously not for everybody. But if you’re part of the target audience for “Kick-Ass 2”, then you will probably enjoy it.

I may not be the best writer or reviewer, but I represent who this film was made for. Don’t let Rotten Tomatoes scare you out of 1 hour and 43 minutes of good entertainment. “Kick-Ass 2” is far from the best film of the year, but it is a lot of fun.