Kick-Ass; 2010 had its fair share of lovable oddball films, including the likes of Scott Pilgrim vs The World and Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. The true underdog movie, though, was Kick-Ass. The film is an unlikely source for a heartfelt story – yet it brings just that. The most noticeable acting efforts are from Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The characters they play are inspiring and hard to forget. The duo of Hit-Girl and Big Daddy bring a comparatively unique dynamic to the superhero genre. Kick-Ass himself is also very entertaining, being the unlikely underdog that has a tried and true (albeit formulaic) character arc. The story as a whole follows the plot outline of any basic hero flick. However, this one has the emotion of trying to be a hero with no powers nor the wealth of heroes such as Iron Man or Batman. It may not be super original – and at times overly vulgar – but Kick-Ass is an entertaining watch that you aren’t likely to regret.
Kick-Ass 2; Kick-Ass 2 is, on nearly every conceivable level, worse than most in the crowded superhero genre. It fails to not only entertain, but it also serves no purpose in the continuation of the series. Main character Aaron Taylor-Johnson is sadly wasted here, doing little to make his character feel memorable, let alone interesting. Chloë Grace Moretz seems as if she’s phoning it in throughout the majority of the film’s runtime – though strangely enough she still remains as one of the best characters. The realistic look at “superhero” life is still prevalent here as it was in the first, but there are far more outlandish moments that make the film feel juvenile in its presentation. On top of that, Kick-Ass 2 may be an even more vulgar film than the first, opting for more gross-out gags and childish humor to substitute for poor writing. Sadly, Kick-Ass 2 has little to no purpose in its existence, serving as a lackluster experience in nearly every regard.
Since the beginning of the film industry there have countless movies to be considered greats. These blockbusters find themselves successful in the box office and many times, there are sequels to these greats. The problem is, too many sequels have little inspiration behind them. Kick-Ass 2, when compared to its predecessor, is one such example. Kick-Ass has oddly charming characters doing their best in a tough situation. It is written with some vulgarity and a bit of heart. Whereas in Kick-Ass 2, the characters feel practically hollow as the cast stumbles their way through a messy and crude script. The direction from Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) shows he has nowhere near the understanding of the material like Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) did. Plus, the story was wrapped together nicely by the end of Kick-Ass, leaving its successor with nowhere good to go. Kick-Ass is overall a much better film than its sequel – proving that sometimes good movies should just be left at that.
Kick-Ass – Cinemaster Score: 7/10
Kick-Ass 2 – Cinemaster Score: 4/10