Kick-Ass 2: Its Existence is Futile

by Ethan Alter August 16, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Kick-Ass 2</i>: Its Existence is Futile

There were two central gimmicks behind Kick-Ass, the 2010 Matthew Vaughn-directed superhero satire based on the Mark Millar comic book, which hit stands in 2008. The first was the notion of an ordinary, powerless teenager suiting up in spandex to fight crime… and promptly getting his ass handed to him by practically every lowlife he confronted. The second was the presence of a pint-sized child soldier named Hit Girl, who came armed with a plethora of weapons, martial arts moves and a serious case of potty mouth. Both of these elements proved provocative enough to make the movie (and the comic) seem novel when placed alongside standard superhero fare, allowing it to attain almost instant cult status. At the same time, though, they also happen to be one-shot gags that can't really be repeated a second time, which explains why Kick-Ass 2 spends its roughly 103-minute runtime vainly trying to prove its existence. Watching this ill-advised sequel is like observing a stand-up comic trying to wring one more laugh out of a set-closing punchline when they really should have just dropped the mic and left the stage.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

by Ethan Alter December 17, 2013 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Matt Damon in spaaaaaace!

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