Matthew Vaughn – of Kick Ass and X-men: First Class fame – has directed a new movie based on Mark Miller’s (Kick-Ass 1 & 2) comic book that has got us real excited here at NerdBastards. Furthermore, after each update, our interest in the movie is ever increasing. With the release date of Kingsman The Secret Service set for February 13th and the film is entering the final stages of its marketing campaign, word on the film has been building incrementally with each update offering more of an insight into what we should be expecting to see when the movie finally hits the big screen. Starring Colin Firth stars as a dapper secret agent training a new recruit and we have some rad and rather risqué character posters featuring Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and an awesome little pug named Jack Bauer. Check em out below peepsters. (more…)
Last June, actor Jim Carrey ruffled more than a few feathers when he took an active stance against the gratuitous violence in the film Kick Ass 2–the second film adaptation of the equally violent comic book series created by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.
As a noted anti-gun advocate, this is hardly surprising. The “feather ruffling” comes in when you consider that the film Carrey decried so vocally is a film he co-starred in, and much of the very violence he spoke out against was perpetrated by the character he portrayed.
Follow the jump for what Kick Ass co-creator John Romita, Jr. thinks of Jim Carrey’s “activism”: (more…)
“This is real life.”
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’s Kick-Ass 2 co-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.
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?
Kick-Ass 2, sequel to the 2010 adaptation of the ultra-violent comic series written by Mark Millar and drawn by John Romita Jr., comes to theatres August 16th, after surviving a delay in its release and Jim Carrey‘s baffling celebrity anti-gun protest.
If you’re as excited to experience the continued adventures of Kick-Ass, Hit Girl, and friends as I am, then take a look at the uncensored “Red-Band” featurette below. Coming to you via IGN–with all the blood, violence, testicular trauma, and naughty language intact:
Can’t wait the two more weeks before Kick-Ass 2 comes out to see it? Just need a little more of a fix to keep from wetting yourself with anticipation? Well, now you can see a whole bunch of Kick-Ass 2 before the movie has even come out! Well, sort of… What we got here are a couple of b-roll footage videos that have been floating around. You can check out a little of what went into making the film along with being privy to several scenes from the movie. Move your eyes downward to begin your Kick-Ass 2 experience:
Check the film out in its entirety when it finally hits the big screen on August 16th.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
Kick-Ass 2 is less than a month away so it’s only natural that the team would be coming around to San Diego Comic Con to make their presence known. The Kick-Ass 2 panel brought together a decent line-up of the movie’s stars, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lindy Booth, Donald Faison and John Leguizamo, along with director Jeff Wadlow and creators of the Kick-Ass comic, Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. And, naturally, they brought their loyal fans some more footage to look at, along with premiering a new, extended version of the NSFW Kick-Ass 2 trailer. Check out the new trailer below:
Check out the entire film, front-to-back, when it hits the big screen on August 16th.
Thanks to Geeks of Doom for helping to spread the love.