It’s official: We have definitively hit our late-summer low-point with the release of KICK-ASS 2. The sequel nobody asked for to a film that wasn’t anyone’s notion of cinematic excellence to begin with, KA2 takes us back to a New York where a lowly high-schooler (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) strives for something better in life by becoming a self-appointed super hero. This go-around he’s aided by an entire crime-fighting underground headed by Jim Carrey (acquitting himself nicely despite his subsequent disavowals), and is saddled with an arch-nemesis in the form of the former Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), now calling himself… wait for it… the Motherfucker. Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), meanwhile, hangs up her cape and finds herself in the midst of a HEATHERS subplot, none too convincingly. It’s two hours in which inept comedy butts up against explicit violence, and no one, not heroes, villains, nor the audience, emerges unscathed.
Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons get together to tend to their wounds, and engage in a cathartic discussion of the myriad ways this uninspired follow-up fails in even its most modest ambitions. Let the healing begin. And the KICK-ASS franchise stop… please. PLUS: What’s coming to theaters next week.
In an interview with movieweb.com, Comic book writer Mark Millar (KICK-ASS, WANTED, ULTIMATE AVENGERS) sat down to discuss the upcoming KICK ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL comic and film, sequel to this past April’s surprise hit. During the interview he reveals possible plot points, including parallels to Western films & new evil wrought by Red Mist:
“The film and the comic book are very closely tied together. There are only a few minor changes towards the end. It does led directly into a sequel, and I am writing the sequel as I always planned it to be. The actors may be a little bit older, or bigger. They can address that in the movie. But I am not changing anything for the comic book. We left things off with her being adopted by this extremely nice man. He is a cop. And she has to stop killing people, you know? That seems like an interesting starting point in the next one in regards to her character. She is going to be like Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven, where she hasn’t picked up a gun in years. It’s that type of thing. I like the idea of doing that with an eleven year old girl. She was part of this massive cacophony of violence. But she’s not allowed to kill people anymore. She is consumed with anger, and forced to watch TV shows instead. Halfway through the movie, or the comic, we will follow her as she picks up a gun again. It is going to be awesome.”
Red Mist becomes like Charles Manson. He goes on-line and influences a bunch of young villains to go against Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. The whole thing ends up as a big gang fight like you’d see in The Warriors. There is going to be a big gang fight in the middle of Times Square between all of these costumed heroes. And at the head will be the Red Mist and Hit Girl.
Millar also suggests a re-teaming with KICK-ASS and X-Men: FIRST CLASS director Matthew Vaughn, which brings hope of more of the gleeful carnage seen in the first one. The KICK-ASS 2 comic is currently in production, with the script and movie soon to follow.