When the genre of film is Vigilante the first thing you must know before walking into the theatre is that there will be a high body count, plenty of fake blood, swearing and in your face violence.
The comic superhero comedy Kick Ass 2 managed to capture this and much much more in director Jeff Wadlow’s 103 minute roller coaster ride.
But come on. Did we really need to see projectile vomit and waterfall diarrhea?
Chloë Grace Moretz is no longer the cute little 12 year old we saw in Kick Ass (2010), where she transformed from Mindy Macready to Hit Girl. She is now a young woman, bent on continuing the death wish of her dad Damon Macready, alias superhero Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), to fight crime.
Along with her crime fighting skills comes a string of profanity that would have made even Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor blush.
The late George Reeves aka Adventures of Superman television series (1951-1958) would also be rolling over in his grave.
But to stay true to the comic book, you have to have the character portrayed as such.
Live with it.
Is it just me that wonders how can someone just sit there munching on popcorn and toss aside the fact that we have grown men playing high school kids as in the case of Aaron Perry Johnson, 23; Clark Duke, 28 and Augustus Prew, 25 as students Dave Lizewski, Marty Eisenberg and Todd Haynes respectively a.k.a. superheroes Kick Ass, Battle Guy and Ass Kicker?
That’s like Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum doing a cop comedy where they go undercover as high school students.
What a waste of time for talented John Leguizamo in his limited role of a gopher to protagonist Chris D’Amico / The Motherf****r played with glee by Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
The true star of the screen though was Jim Carey, who seems to be playing second fiddle a lot these days, as Sal Bertolinni aka Colonel Stars and Stripes.
Many patrons in the theatre did not recognize Carey in this role until much later in the film.
“Is that Jim Carey?” one lady whispered to her friend.
It was not only the mask and makeup but his grainy voice that did the trick for his amateur super hero.
He was head and shoulders above rest of the cast.
As Mother Russia, bodybuilder Olga Kurkulina was perhaps the best villain.
Standing 6-foot-2 in real life, they added extra height by having her wear high spiked heels. Indeed a modern-day Amazon Woman.
The end fight scene was classic in that it reminded me of a Russian Gang Fight except everyone was dressed in superhero outfits.
Overall a fun movie with creative editing and smooth camera work.
But please remember that in Alberta an 18A rating – which Kick Ass 2 has – means that persons under 18 must be accompanied by an adult into the movie
Because this rating means that it is suitable for viewing by persons 18 years of age or older in that it may contain explicit violence, frequent coarse language, sexual activity and/or horror.
I’m not the moral police but it turns my gut when I see a parent bringing in little kids to such flicks.
Let them be kids.
On a scale of one to five on the Moral Minority scale we give this a two and-a-half.
See you on the silver screen.