How do you follow up a movie as successful and unique as Kick-Ass? Simple, you make the sequel bigger and even crazier than the first movie. That is the approach Jeff Wadlow the director has taken for this sequel to the popular film released in 2010. Well known comic book writers Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. are also on board as writers which is good news. Mark Millar is the creator of the Kick-Ass comic book that the films are based on so he is the perfect choice. John Romita Jr. is a veteran comic book artist and he produces the artwork for the Kick-Ass comics so he knows the source material inside-out.
The story is simple as Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) are now a team and they spend their time fighting crime in the city. Their efforts to rid the city of crime have inspired the citizens as some of them decide to join the fight and help them out. One of the new crime fighters is a military nut known as Colonel Stars and Stripes played by Jim Carrey. Carrey is a master at playing odd ball characters and the Colonel is a good role for him. The Colonel enjoys his job as a crime fighter and he even has an Alsatian dog sidekick who wears an army camouflage coat which is genius. Other crime fighters join the fray and soon Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl have a team of heroes with them. Unfortunately one of the villains from the first movie Red Mist (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) has returned to wage war against the heroes. Red Mist (now known as The Mother Fucker) creates his own team of villains to take on the Kick-Ass crew and the two teams go to war.
The trailer is action-packed and full of oddballs running around in cheapo superhero outfits. Some of the action set-pieces shown look thrilling and if the film has the same choreography as the first Kick-Ass it should be fun to watch. The trailer also has a frenetic pace with lots of quick camera pans and zooms that fit well with the style of the movie. The sound effects for the punches and kicks dished out in the fight scenes are brutal but it is unknown if Kick-Ass 2 will be as bloody as the first film.
The film has plenty of potential and hopefully it will also have a decent story to off-set all the crazy stuff. Kick-Ass benefited from a bit of melodrama and Kick-Ass 2 would do well to include some of that to elicit an emotional response from the viewer. It will also be good if the new characters are well fleshed out. The audience needs to know a little about the characters in order to care about what happens to them. The first film was able to give the characters interesting backstories as the cast was fairly small. There was just enough time to explain the histories and motivations of Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl and Big Daddy etc without hurting the pace of the movie. The sequel has a much bigger cast of heroes and villains which makes this task harder to repeat. Usually when a sequel has a larger cast it also sacrifices the interesting backstories and screen time that make the characters memorable. This is a problem the X-Men movies had. The first X-Men film had a small cast and the audience got to know all about them. All that changed when the sequels got bigger with too many new characters and not enough time to flesh them out. Maybe Kick-Ass 2 can avoid that fate but time will tell.
Kick-Ass 2 will be released on August 16th. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think.