I enjoyed Kick-Ass enough when it came out in 2010. It was a cool twist on the superhero genre that was just really becoming monumental then, and was a nice diversion. Working off two fronts, being an alternative to the soft PG-13 comic book movies, Kick Ass was crude, violent and had a pre-teen girl saying “cunt.” Also, it played off of that couple months when everyday people dressing up as superheroes and fighting “crime” was all the rage.
To put it simple, the sequel is a fine enough follow-up, but really wholly unnecessary. Kick-Ass was fun, and in theory a sequel was thought to be enticing, but never really built off anything from the first film, or expanding the universe in any great detail. It’s a serviceable film, ie. it’s not bad, but largely forgettable in only really attempting to ape the first film. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is really perfectly cast, and does some nice stuff here, but again it’s largely a retread of everything covered in the first film.
I think the biggest problem with the film is its handling of Chloe Grace Moretz and her Hit-Girl character. The break-out star of the first film was quite obviously Hit-Girl, the foul-mouted eleven-year-old, who kicked ass and killed men three times her age in the most brutal way possible. She was fun and was a nice shock to the system in a character we’ve never seen before. This time around she was given absolutely nothing to do, and really just seemed to exist in the film just to have her exist. She was given some stupid b-plot about her being forced to co-exist with stereotypical “popular” girls in high school, that was pointless, went nowhere and had no bearing on the film other than just to fill time.
Really the film is fine in what it intends to do, shock and awe in the comic book genre in something that isn’t a family-friendly affair. It does that, it entertains, but it’s really just a carbon copy of its average predecessor.