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on 16 August 2013
Being a sequel Kick-Ass 2 had no chance of capturing the 'controversial' shock value of the first film and an early decimation of a group of bad guys by Hit-Girl {always a gleeful treat} might in fact lead you to think that this film was just going to be a retread of the first film's highlights. Thankfully while it is still foul-mouthed and full of over the top, choreographed violence, it's a leaner and faster paced follow up that moves the story of the main protagonists forwards in a thrilling, energised, fun ride that had me leaving the cinema full of cheer.

Continuing the theme of normal folks as superheroes, it is three years later and Kick-Ass Dave Lizewski no longer wants to fight crime alone and sets out to become part of a team. Moving at a brisk pace the action is formed around this idea while finding time to ponder on what it means to be a hero. Parallel to this is the rise of Chris d'Amico, the previous film's Red Mist, now re-christened and re-invented as super-villain The Melon Farmer and his mission to destroy Kick Ass with his own recruitment of a team of bad guys. Meanwhile Hit-Girl has the hardest job of all ....trying to fit in at school.

Various new characters are introduced; a grizzled Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars n' Stripes for the good guys and more impressively, Mother Russia for the bad guys. A brick out-house of a woman in a red bikini who would'nt look out of place in a 'proper' superhero film and could hold her own as a credible 'Bond' villain. See her wipe out squad cars full of cops single-handedly and smile.

But of course the most enjoyment in the Kick-Ass films comes from Hit-Girl. Chloe Grace Moretz continues to prove why she is rated such an up n'coming actress in the role that this time is more about Mindy Macready than her alter-ego and after the early action we do have to wait to see Hit-Girl cut loose again but when she does it is still a joyous and wondrous thing to behold. Guess which bad guy she has a smack down with?

I liked this film immensely. Yes I could have done with a bit more Hit-Girl but then I could have done in the previous film. Full of fun and brio and given heart with moments of reflection and sadness it was hugely enjoyable. It's not a film for everyone, if you loved the first film you will be on board with this, if not this won't convert you.

I'd say really that this is a 4-star film but I've given it an extra one as it had me walking out of the cinema mentally punching the air and whooping with glee which I`ve not done since `The Avengers.'
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Super non-hero 'Dave Lisewski'(Kick-Ass) has, since his earlier exploits
decided it's too dangerous out there, however close-friend 'Mindy Macready'
(Hit-Girl) despite the loss of her father 'Damon' continues her exploits.
Several new super-heroes have emerged on the streets of 'New York' inspired
by their hero 'Kick-Ass'
'Dave' decides to give it another go, 'Mindy' helps toughen-up her friend.
However when 'Mindy's' guardian discovers his 15 year old charge is skipping
schooling, he insist's that she promises to quit the 'Hit-Girl' role and
attend school.
A promise she'll find difficult to keep as 'Chris D'Aminco'/Red Mist, a
adversary from before threatens to wipe out 'Kick-Ass' and his new friends.
The rich kid, has assembled a team of thugs to do his bidding.
Follow our heroes and friends in this high-kicking and action-packed thrill
ride, the film does have much in the way of graphic violence with an adult
theme on occasions, as with the terrific first film there is also a good
measure of humour throughout.
Not perhaps the equal of the first, but worth viewing nevertheless.
GREAT-STUFF 'DON'T MISS IT' (content is advisory)
There is also over an hour of extras on board including --'Alternative opening'
'The making of Kick-Ass 2' 'Extended scenes' 'Hit-Girl attacks: creating the
van sequence' 'Big Daddy returns' 'The unshot scene' 'Feature commentary with
'Aaron Taylor-Johnson' 'Christopher Mintz-Plasse' 'Chloe' Grace Mortez' and
Writer/Director Jeff Wadlow'
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Movie sequel to Kick-Ass [DVD] which is all about a nerd who tries to become a costumed crimefighter. That movie was an adaptation of a comic, and this movie is an adaptation of Kick Ass 2 and Kick-Ass: Hit-Girl. Which are both sequels to the original comic.

This possibly might work as a jumping on point if you haven't seen the first film, but you are probably still better off starting with that.

It's three years since the end of said first movie. Hit Girl is having to adapt to normal life. Dave becomes part of a superhero team called Justice Forever. And Chris returns, to fulfill what he promised at the end of the first film. Become a supervillain.

Suddenly for Dave and friends, things get serious. Can they save themselves and the city from the evildoers?

As an adaptation, this is pretty faithful to the comic. Although just like the first film, it is a somewhat toned down version of the source material. And far more from Kick Ass 2 the comic does get in than the Hit Girl comic.

It does brings in lots of great supporting characters, in particular several of the justice forever team. It's all about growing up and facing up to responsibility and who you are. Something that the heroes manage more than the villains.

Whereas the first film had a light tone to it which meant you couldn't really be bothered by certain things because you knew it wasn't real, this one goes for a different approach. The violence is more graphic and real. But that does go with the whole point of the movie. Which, in addition to being the usual accept yourself for who you are message is that actions and choices have consequences. And you have to live with them.

In which respect the lead performances are pitched just right. Some scenes are shot in a comic book style - with an innovative use of a couple of subtitled moments - because that is the way that the villains are viewing them.

So as you can see from the reviews those expecting more of the same might be disappointed. But if you want a strong character story that does have a pretty decent ending, then this will suffice.

When it comes to the faithfulness of the adaptation, the last few minutes are completely different to the source material. And the final set piece is somewhat smaller scaled, purely for budget reasons. Simply to set up the possibility of a third film. It's unclear if that will happen, but I will be there if it does.

Plus: Do keep watching this one to the very end of the credits.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English, French, Italian, Castilian Spanish, Hindi.

Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Castilian Spanish, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portugese, Swedish, Hindi.

The disc begins with trailers, which you can skip via the next button on the dvd remote.

There are no extras at all.

It has one of those menus which is just icons and no text. But since the only options are play movie, scene selection, set up, and subtitles, that shouldn't be too much of a problem.

There's also a flyer with a website address and a code that you can use to download a copy of the film from that to a digital device.
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on 1 April 2016
Although toned down a little from the graphic novel it is based upon, I thought this was still a brilliant sequel that stays as true as it can (without making this an 18!) to the original source material. It perhaps misses something by not having Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughan as writers and director but the new guy does a pretty decent job. It's darker than the first story but still funny in places and still very violent. They've done a great job at bringing these to the big screen, I hope they look to more of Mark Millar's stories to turn into movies.
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on 30 September 2013
First just a brief comment on Jim Carey's denouncement of the film after shooting. I feel very negatively about this move; it seems completely based on a desire to protect his own image which is understandable but I take serious issue with the way he chose to do it. For one if he felt strongly about the level of violence in the film he should have refused to appear in it, but that is only a minor issue. More important is the suggestion that violence in film should be connected to murderous acts in the real world. Any serious and calculated act of violence such as the one Carey was responding to is the responsibility of the person committing it. To suggest that a film can be held in any way accountable for the decisions people choose to make does little more than offer an excuse for deplorable behavior. We should promote accountability and encourage people to assess their actions in the light of the real world not scapegoat (to any extent) a piece of fiction.

Now on to the film itself. Most important to say is that Kick Ass 2 is fun. Its characters remain heightened but engaging, the action is nicely contrasted with the 'real' world personas of the protagonists and its tongue in cheek self mockery meshes excellently with a commitment to turn serious when the need arises.

On the down side the humor does at times stoop very low, luckily this is infrequent and can be overlooked. The plot could be criticised for being largely directionless and seeming to meander from scene to scene. This would be valid criticism however I feel it was a deliberate and effective touch. One of the main things this film was able to impart was that these characters do not have a plan, their fictions meet reality and the chaos that ensues is theirs to deal with. How the characters choose to deal with an escalating situation they never envisioned is one of the main driving forces for the movie. A seeming lack of control in the story line is completely apt.

At the end of the day this film falls flat occasionally but rewards so much more often. The Kick Ass series still has the power to entertain, shock and engage its audience. Once again fiction meets reality and the two are molded together in a film that manages to be at once ludicrous and gritty. I would recommend this film and its predecessor without hesitation.
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on 9 August 2015
I enjoyed the movie but bought it on the basis that it has 'Audio Description' for visually impaired folk. It doesn't. I wrote to Amazon to ask them to correct this as it's not in the section that a customer can correct, but they just refunded me and it's still listed as being audio described. Hopefully someone looking for audio described movies will see this review and know this is the case.
This is different to audio commentaries just in case anyone thinks I'm losing the plot :)
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on 25 February 2014
Great sequel to the original movie. Kick-Ass and Hit Girl team up with others to right the sins of the criminal element in the face of the police who have banned super-heroes. Not for those who disapprove of swearing, naturally!
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on 27 January 2014
Got to say the first kick as is one of my top ten best cartoon adaptations and for all the critics slagging it of this deserves better, not in my top ten but not y much lets face it hit girl is who kicks ass.
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on 8 October 2013
I loved the first Kick-Ass, it was funny, bloody and cutting edge. Some of the one liners were hilarious and it had a great balance between story, characters, action, humour and a bit of drama too. It would be tough, almost impossible to beat.

The sequel I can honestly say is almost as good, it's not exactly the same mixture as the first but has to be judged on it's own merit and had to be different. To summarize everyone in the cinema who saw this came out laughing and talking about it, a very rare event really. So, not to ruin the story, but this continues where Kick-Ass left off and the first thing you notice is there less adult humour, it becomes more slapstick overall, but in as good way. The story is not as fluid and well paced but it bring alot more laughs and take itself alot less seriously. The young villain is a million times better in this than the first, and really makes the role especially when they are going through his mums things (You'll know). Overall a great film, if you like a laugh and can put up with gore and stupid comic material you will be laughing like hell at some of the scenes, it's just out there ! Jim Carrey is also in it, but really should have had a bigger part as he was great, and the two core characters are on top form.

I am looking forward to the third, unsure if/when it will be out ..and remember, you should always stay until the end of the credits :-)
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on 5 December 2013
I saw this film 10 times in the cinema as I am a huge fan of the comic book and that I found the film to be pretty amazing transition from comic book to film which sometimes goes wrong with some transitions. Kick Ass 2 in my opinion was not as good as the first one mainly due to its shock value of hit-girl foul mouthed ten year old assassin but it was enjoyable since it was slightly different from the first one meaning you got to see the more personal (normal) side of Mindy AKA Hit-girl. Also I enjoyed every single moment of the film with Colonel Stars and Stripes played by Jim Carrey.

Overall I felt the Film was Entertaining with its blend of actions and comedy, I recommend this to anyone who has seen the first or loves comedy's and action films also any one who likes comic-books.
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