A sequel to the widely popular Kick-Ass, this film had a lot of expectations riding on it. Jeff Wadlow's Kick-Ass 2 has failed to deliver exactly what its title promises, it just doesn't kick ass. Whats worse? Critics have kicked the film's ass in their reviews.
"Kick-Ass 2 is a shrill, abrasive, truly disgusting misfire from a director without a clue. The script is, in a word, terrible. The art direction is unimaginative and flat, and the performances run the gamut from flat and uninspired to screeching, overmodulated bush league garbage," notes Bob Grimm rather grimly in Tuscon Weekly.
"Arriving at the tail end of blockbuster season, this cheaply produced sequel to the surprise 2011 hit arrives in plenty of time to claim the title of the year’s most unpleasant movie... The filmmakers borrow from virtually every comic-book movie ever made while retaining a smug sense of superiority toward the genre (one throwaway line mocks Stan Lee fan boys). Based on this wretchedly produced effort, they haven’t earned it," Adam Nayman writes in The Globe and the Mail. Ouch.
The acting can't be bad? It's the same bunch of stars (except Jim Carrey of course.)
Adam Graham thinks the characters too have lost their spunk.
"Hit Girl stole the show in the 2010 original, but Grace Moretz is in an awkward position in Kick-Ass 2. The first time around her character was 11 and her foul-mouthed outbursts were shocking, but at 15 she just sounds like a teenager cussing to try and sound cool. And director Matthew Vaughn can’t help but sexualize her; a kiss she shares with Kick-Ass feels downright creepy," writes Graham in Detroit News.
Err kickass romance? Maybe not.
But the film can't seem to avoid stereotypes. "Kick-Ass 2 can’t quite sustain its own contradictions: As a post-Tarantino commentary on screen violence, it tries to neutralize its moments of brutality — along with dashes of racism and homophobia — by putting quotes around them. But the sadistic carnage is also clearly the movie’s chief selling point," notes Ann Hornaday in The Washington Post.
That's about them super-heroes. The bad guy must salvage the situation?
"All heroes, whether they're blessed with supernatural gifts or not, require a villain, of course. And here, the film makes a misstep recycling Christopher Mintz-Plasse's Red Mist character from the original Kick-Ass and turning him into a lisping, bondage-gear-wearing baddie who christens himself ''The Motherf---er''. He's as painfully unfunny as his name," writes Chris Nashawaty in EW.com.
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an unsurprising 29% on the tomatometer with the sad comment, "Kick-Ass 2 falls short in its attempt to emulate the original's unique blend of ultra-violence and ironic humor."