By Brenda W. Clough
In 2010 the movie Kick-Ass won considerable fanboy and critical acclaim. Its appeal was the combination of all the superhero tropes with overwhelming and yet comic-bookish violence. Which is to say people get bloodily beaten up but then recover pretty quick unless they die. The unquestionable fan-favorite was Hit-Girl, a girl sidekick with a potty mouth, purple bangs, and fantabulous combat skills.
This year the inevitable sequel Kick-Ass 2 is out. As with so many superhero sequels, this just a touch less good, less innovative, less fun. However, if you adored the first one you surely are not going to miss this, and you will mostly not be disappointed. If I had to put my finger on the most obvious flaw, it is that there is not enough Hit-Girl. None of the other dweeby heroes and villains filling out the slugfests are half as fun as her.
This movie is definitely a lesser work. In comparison the first movie really comes off as a classic.
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