That’s the supposed lesson presented during the first Kick-Ass as Dave Lizewski is beaten to within an inch of his life and later tortured and almost murdered by a horde of mafia goons who kill Big Daddy, a former cop turned vigilante and loving, yet terrible father.
The stakes are real, there are consequences to playing make-pretend superheroes — this is the message, but then all of that is undercut when Dave aids Big Daddy’s daughter, Hit Girl, in her quest for revenge. In the end, the pair soars high above New York City, on their way toward a “normal” life after killing the bad guy with a bazooka.
It’s an ending that is basted in cliche, but it fits as a cap to a fun and empty collection of over the top action scenes that are tied together by the thin thread of a paint by numbers script.
Kick-Ass didn’t light the world on fire with its box office receipts, bringing in just $48 million at the US box office and about the same through international markets, but it was well received and studios seemingly love to be in the comic book movie business, hence, a sequel was born.
[EDITORS NOTE: This story was written by Nerd Bastards newbie Brent Cook, who is earning his publishing wings.]
So, a few months back, Jim Carrey took to Twitter to say that he “could not support the level of violence” in Kick-Ass 2, which was filmed prior to the Sandy Hook Tragedy. Since his sudden change of heart, Carrey’sKick-Ass 2co-stars (namely John Leguizamo and Chloë Moretz) have defended the movie against Carrey’s statements, and now, we have writer/director Jeff Wadlow giving his take on the situation.
Here’s my take on it; he is entitled to have his own opinion, and he’s entitled to change his opinion. Ultimately, I really believe his performance speaks for itself
For the past few months, we’ve been seeing trailers, in some form or another, for the follow up to 2010’s Kick-Ass, titled Kick-Ass 2, naturally. I, like most people, have been pretty psyched to see what Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl have been up to, as well as how the “super group,” Justice Forever, comes to be. Well, I have good news! The Kick-Ass 2 reviews are in, and they’re… alright.
The overall consensus throughout each review is that the film doesn’t quite top its predecessor, despite being an enjoyable follow up. Digital Spy made the statement that “[f]ocusing on a movie’s strengths can be tough for any sequel that fails to live up to the expectation and hype,” characterizing the film as “diverting, if not fulfilling.” Empire Online claim more of the same, calling Kick-Ass 2 a “more modest success” in regards to the first film, but praised the character of “The Mother Fucker” as “a pleasant surprise.“Meanwhile, Flickering Myth was a bit more positive with their review, stating:
Kick-Ass 2 is not, by any stretch of the imagination, your average superhero movie. The best thing about this movie is that is doesn’t have an ego. It is so utterly self-deprecating and self-aware that it’s hard not to love it… Meanwhile, in its simplicity it maintains a level of closeness with its audience that can’t be had with other, more fantastical superhero movies – and that for me is Kick-Ass 2’s greatest triumph.
which is one of the things most people enjoyed about the first film.
There has also been praise for the performances by stars Jim Carrey, Chloë Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Carrey, who’s shunned the movie for its emphasis on violence and firearms, is said to be “perfect in his role” of Colonel Stars and Stripes, while Moretz and Mintz-Plasse are said to have taken advantage of the opportunity to play deeper, more defined versions of their reprised roles. Although Aaron Taylor-Johnson has also been said to put on a decent performance in the role of the title character, Sci Fi Now reports the performance may have been bogged down by being “saddled with a Peter Parker journey that starts to drag as the film goes on.”
The movie was quite possibly summed up best in Hey U Guys‘ review, when they made the comment:
Though riddled with issues – and not quite as ingenious as the first – it makes for incredibly fun viewing, and as such ensures that it doesn’t always have to be taken at face value.
While I was hoping for something even better than the first, I may have just gotten my own hopes a bit too high, and I don’t think it would be a mistake to check it out. As a huge Chloë Moretz and Jim Carrey fan, as well as a fan of the first film and over-the-top violence, I think this movie has enough going for it to force an end to my Twin Peaks marathon, so that I can get off my lazy ass and go be entertained by Kick-Ass 2 when it comes out on the 16th.
EDITORS NOTE: This story was written by NB newbie Brent Cook, who is earning his publishing wings.
About a month and a half ago Jim Carrey shocked us all with some stirring comments about his disapproval of the excessive violence in Kick-Ass 2. A movie he’s in and one in where he participates in quite a bit of said violence. It was shocking only because, one, anyone’s who read the comics or seen the first Kick-Ass would say, “No duh, the over-the-top violence is sort of its schtick,” and two, how did Carrey not come to this conclusion earlier? Like when he was filming.
I can forgive him the change of heart, but slamming the film both you and your fellow co-stars and crew worked so very hard on, that’s kind of low. And apparently, Chloe Moretz kind of thinks so, too. She recently responded to Carrey’s comments with a few of her own,
It’s a movie. If you are going to believe and be affected by an action film, you shouldn’t go to see Pocahontas because you are going to think you are a Disney princess.
If you are that easily swayed, you might see ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ and think you are a serial killer. It’s a movie and it’s fake, and I’ve known that since I was a kid … I don’t want to run around trying to kill people and cuss. If anything, these movies teach you what not to do.
It’s that same old argument of violence in the media being what spurs real life acts of violence. And it’s bullshit. I mean, hell, you want to talk about excessive violence? Check out out Kick-Ass 2, the comic, after seeing the movie and you’ll see what was considered too brutal for the screen. I wonder what Carrey’s comments would have been were the now infamous, though removed from the film, scenes of rape and extreme animal cruelty still included? Author Mark Millar is a twisted individual, but I don’t believe anyone who’d consider acting on truly evil impulses needs a comic, movie, or video game to inspire them.
Moretz did add, “Each their own,” in response to Carrey’s comments, so hopefully there is no ill will between the co-stars.
What are your thoughts of violence in the movies? Is the violence of Kick-Ass too extreme? Isn’t it only a movie, and therefor, easily distinguishable from real life?
With August 16th quickly approaching, the release of Kick-Ass 2 is all most upon us. In anticipation, MTV takes us behind the scenes with the stars of the film. Featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, ChloeMoretz, ChristopherMintz-Plasse and Jim Carrey, this behind-the-scenes featurette gives us a look at super heroes and super villain lairs. Check it out below:
According to Moretz fans of Kick-Ass will “see this new evolution of Mindy Macready and Dave Lizewski” that expands on the relationship of the crime-fighting duo. It’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out between the overlaying story lines of both Dave and Mindy, adjusting to working in a team and the rigors of dealing with High-school. If you’ve read the comic, you know that’s just the tip of the cock.
Mark Millar‘s Kick-Ass 2 has a new international trailer smacking its way around the internet today. The trailer focuses on Chloë Moretz‘s character Mindy Macready aka Hit-Girl and her attempt to adjust to a normal life after the events of Kick-Ass and the death of her father.
As one can easily guess, the adrenalin pumped world of fighting crime is not easy for Hit-Girl to give up after training her whole life to do just that, kick ass. We get another look at Hit-Girl training Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) who makes the transformation from bumbling superhero wannabe into a pumped-up, skilled fighter.
The trailer also gives us more glimpses of Colonel Stars and Stripes, (Jim Carrey). According to the sequel’s plot synopsis, Kick-Ass joins forces with the Colonel to battle Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who betrayed him in the first film.
Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: ‘Kick-Ass 2.’ After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.
Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.
Directed by Jeff Wadlow, who also adapted the script from Millar’s Kick-Ass 2 comic book, the film also stars John Leguizamo, as well as former Scrubs actor Donald Faison, and opens in theaters everywhere on June 28th.
Did y’all catch the recent balls-to-wall trailer for Kick-Ass 2? If you didn’t, you can check it out by clicking HERE. The trailer is not for the faint of heart. Violence, vulgarity, a grown up Chloe Moretz (She aint no hit girl anymore, behold HOT GIRL) and a dog biting a man’s balls off… yeah, it’s F’N bitchin’! Cool, original, and completely bad-ass… I can’t wait to see this movie! Oh, and Jim Carrey, what a surprise he is as Colonel Stars; exuding a persona that’s so un-Jim Carrey like. If it wasn’t for his name being shown in the trailer, you’d have no idea it was him. Sometimes it’s easy to forget what a good actor he truly is; here’s a roll that reminds you of his ability.
So, when exactly is Kick-Ass being released to theaters? It is known us folks in the U.S. are getting it August 16th, but what about outside North America? Well, some countries can expect it almost 2 months in advance of the U.S. Oh, the jealousy is maddening! Here’s a full list of Global Sites and Release dates:
Argh! UK wins again (they’re always getting premier ahead of us)…like a whole month before the U.S. Guess I finally have reason to travel abroad.
Besides the release dates business, here’s a a charming pic featuring Christopher Mintz-Plasse (The Mother Fucker), Olga Kurkulina (Mother Russia), and Jim Carrey (Colonel Stars).
KICK-ASS 2 based on the comic book created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. and is being directed by Jeff Wadlow. The film stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Moretz, Jim Carrey, Lyndsy Fonseca, Yancy Butler, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Olga Kurkulina, and Nicolas Cage makes a cameo.
Picking up not long after the events of the first Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2 sees our heroes in full on Justice League mode. As in, there’s a hell of a lot more of them! Joining Aaron Taylor-Johnson‘s Kick-Ass and Chloe Moretz‘s Hit-Girl are a whole string of new heroes led by Jim Carrey‘s Colonel Stars and Stripes. And, Christopher Mintz-Plasse is back for revenge as the new super villain, The Motherfucker, also with his own team of baddies. Kick-Ass 2 is gonna be a motherfuckin’ brawl!
No point in waiting, dive into the new Red Band trailer – meaning the best bits aren’t edited out – below,
And now also on YouTube, if you prefer,
The flick is set to cover the events of the Hit-Girl mini-series as well as the sequel comic, Kick-Ass 2,which translates to lots of Chloe Moretz kickin’ ass. Which I believe everyone wants, right? And what do you think of Carrey’s Colonel Stars and Stripes? He’s an amalgamation of two of the comic’s characters, and from what’s in the trailer this turn out to be one of Carrey’s best.
Mark Millar‘s Kick-Ass II is still in principle shooting and we’ve got a look at the latest pictures from the set featuring Hit-Girl. Chloe Moretzis back as Hit-Girl, and she’s busting heads and taking names.
Jim Carrey, or Colonel Stars and Stripes as he is known in the Kick-Ass universe, joins the title lead Aaron Taylor-Johnson in this follow up to the successful 2010 movie Kick-Ass.
Most likely the script will follow the plot of the comic, in which Kick-Ass attempts to to form a team of real life superheroes so he can defeat his arch-rival The Red Mist; who is also gathering a team of super villains to finally defeat both Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl.
Kick-Ass II is set to hit theater screens on June 28th, 2013.
Kick-Ass 2, the film, won’t release until June of next year and is currently filming in London, but Kick-Ass 2 the comic has been out for some time and the prequel series, Hit-Girl, will have its fifth and final issue release on November 21st. Those books are providing the basis for Jeff Wadlow‘s film and as Mark Millar recently told Comic Book Resources we can expect the flick to be, “basically Hit-Girl for 45 minutes and then an hour of Kick-Ass 2.”
Aw yeah, bring on more of that fiesty, ass-kicking, bone-breakin’ little girl. Having already read Kick-Ass 2 and almost all of Hit-Girl, I can tell you she’s the highlight and Chloe Moretz is going to have so much fun bringing her newest adventures to the screen. And while I understand this statement doesn’t necessarily mean Hit-Girl has more screen time than anyone else, as Millar clarified in this tweet, I am excited for her to play a larger role than she did in Kick-Ass. Isn’t that what everyone wanted when they walked out of the theatre? More Hit-Girl?
Comic Book Movie kindly rounded up all Millar’s responses about the upcoming Kick-Ass 2, read on for more,
On His Role As A Producer:
My sense of it all as a producer and writer takes place before we even start shooting. Casting is very important, as is finding a screenwriter who could impress Matthew [Vaughn] and all of us. And Jeff is pretty amazing. So all of that took about six months leading up to shooting, and now I can just relax. I go to the set and watch what they’re doing and then hang out in the edit suite to see how it’s shaping up for five months of post with a brilliant editor named Eddie Hamilton. So really for me, it’s just fun to see all that stuff that a few years ago was in your head. It feels kind of like ‘Being John Malkovitch’ – like this stuff should still be contained up there.
On Some Of The Highlights From His Recent Visits To The Kick-Ass 2 Set:
To give an example, the set designer has built the Justice Forever headquarters for the super team that Kick-Ass joins. He’s made the whole thing with such detail that there’s a part based on one line I’ve got in the comic where Russell is making a schedule, and he worked out a whole schedule of which of the heroes would be available when. It’s hanging up on a piece of paper in the kitchen of the headquarters along with a list of whole likes cream and sugar in their coffee. It’s just all these tiny, tiny details you might not see in the film. They’re just in the background. John Romita was almost crying walking around the set! It looked just like his panels coming to life in front of him. It’s quite an emotional thing as crazy as that sounds.
On His Plans To Take A Souvenir From The Set Of The Movie:
I’m going to steal something. Every time I go to see one of the sets of one of my films, I’ve said, ‘I’d like to get something off the set’ but then I never do. You realize that people are just stealing stuff when they break down. Don’t ask, just take it! Some of the stuff is too big to get out, so I’m just stealing small stuff and shoving it in my pocket.
You can read the entire article and interview with CBR here.
What are you most looking forward to from Kick-Ass 2? Dave’s continuing journey as a hero? The introduction of new characters like the team Justice Forever or Mother Russia? Just more of Hit-Girl mercilessly destroying dudes who deserve it? Yeah, definitely more of that.