Kick-ass 2…er, not so much

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This sequel to the irreverent action-comedy antidote to the solemn superhero genre will be best remembered for guest star Jim Carrey refusing promotion duties because Kick-Ass 2 was too violent in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings.

Carrey would have been equally justified in distancing himself from Kick-Ass 2 for it being a terrible movie.

Why the high level of violence came as a shock is not clear, when punches, kicks, crunches, stabbings and shootings saturate every frame of this comic book follow-up.

The original breath of fresh air has become stale as we find costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joining a band of masked do-gooders led by a barely recognisable Carrey.

Meanwhile, former partner in crime-fighting Hit Girl (Moretz) faces a more terrifying opponent than street thugs: fitting in at high school, with all the associated cliches.

What reunites them is the return of the dastardly Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and his own league of evil costumed villains who threaten to steal the show.

However, in Kick-Ass 2, the laughs are supposed to come from playground swear words and bodily functions, which may appeal to undemanding teenage boys but will leave everyone else cold.  – Queenstown Times

Kick-Ass 2 (R16)

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Anna Karenina), Chloe Grace Moretz (Dark Shadows), Morris Chestnut (Identity Thief).

Director: Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down).

Screening: Reading Cinemas Queenstown – visit www.readingcinemas.co.nz for times.

Rating: One star (out of five)