MOTW: Who's Who in "Kick-Ass 2"
MOTW: Who's Who in "Kick-Ass 2"
This summer brings the return of Kick-Ass and his foulmouthed sidekick Hit Girl to the big screen. When we last saw the crime-fighting duo, they recently made the streets of New York City safer by eliminating ruthless crime boss Frank D'Amico. This movie starts out with the two balancing their secret superhero lives with the trials and tribulations that accompany all high school seniors.
Kick-Ass and Hit Girl's heroic actions have led to a new wave of masked crime fighters in the city. Justice Forever is the collection of superheroes fighting on the side of good, while Red Mist (the alter-ego of Chris D'Amico, son of Frank) is attempting to become the world's first super villain.
Based on the success of the original "Kick-Ass," this movie had a much bigger casting budget, and some big-name stars were able to join the fun this time around. This movie promises to be bigger and louder, and it will have considerably more swearing than the original. The addition of some familiar faces will make this film even more fun for moviegoers.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson returns for his role as Dave Lizewski, the soft-spoken teenager who transformed himself into Kick-Ass in the original movie. He has obviously spent some time in the gym preparing for this role, and he is much more muscular and defined this time around. His ability to play both the quiet young man and the unstoppable superhero rivals that of any actor in a similar role. Kick-Ass spends a large amount of time in this movie training to be better, stronger, and faster in order to be the best hero he can be. Taylor-Johnson does an excellent job reprising this role.
Perhaps the best role in the original movie belonged to Chloe Moretz, who played Mindy Macready/Hit Girl. Mindy had been trained by her father to be part of his vigilante team, but after his unfortunate death, she teamed up with Kick-Ass. Mindy/Hit Girl fights and cusses her way out of every situation and looks after Dave/Kick-Ass the entire time. Moretz has seen her share of success since the original movie, and fans everywhere can't wait to see her return this summer as the always outspoken Hit Girl.
Since the death of his father at the hands of Kick-Ass, Red Mist has vowed to exact revenge on anyone involved. Christopher Mintz-Plasse returns to play this role, and most audience members have never seen him look quite like this. Wearing a sinister moustache and goatee, he has come far from his McLovin days. Fitting in perfectly with the tone of the film, he reintroduces himself as Mother F**ker this time around. With unlimited financial resources, he is determined to orchestrate the end of Kick-Ass forever.
One of the surprise additions to the cast is Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes. The Colonel was once a member of D'Amico's gang, but he is now the founder of Justice Forever, a tightly knit group of vigilantes who began fighting crime out of their admiration of Kick-Ass. Carrey, who has always been a phenomenal voice actor, strays from his typical high-pitched delivery and uses a thick New York accent. He and his sidekick dog have a way of stealing nearly every scene. Carrey was one of the few good things about "Burt Wonderstone," and after his performance in "Kick-Ass 2," we should begin to see more of him in the comedic roles that made him famous.
Donald Faison joins the cast to play Doctor Gravity, an ally of Kick-Ass. Doctor Gravity's back story is that he is a physics professor at Columbia University who invented a device that can make anything 20 times heavier. This device also allows him to levitate. In actuality, his "anti-gravity device" is a baseball bat wrapped in aluminum foil. Faison is best known for his roles on "Scrubs" and "Clueless," and he plays this role in a similar fashion. That's a good thing, because Faison is a funny actor.
The Justice Forever team is also joined by Night B**ch, Insect Man, and Battle Guy. Night B**ch is played by Lindy Booth, and her character is seeking vengeance for her murdered sister. Insect Man, played by Robert Emms, is an ex-cop turned vigilante, and Clark Duke rejoins the cast as Battle Guy. Duke played Dave's best friend Marty in the first movie, and he decides to join the gang in this installment. Each of these characters adds comedic depth to this already hilarious movie.
Rounding out the cast of villains are Daniel Kaluuya as Black Death, Olga Kurkulina as Mother Russia, and Andy Nyman as The Tumor. The villains in this movie show alternating levels of skill and ineptitude, which make them perfect for extra comedic relief.
The original "Kick Ass" surprised critics and viewers with its original take on the superhero genre. With all of the original cast and some noteworthy additions, "Kick-Ass 2" may just be the must-see action movie of the summer.