Tasman Leader : August 29th 2013
10 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 29, 2013 ENTERTAINMENT WINTER SPECIAL 25% Reading Glasses Offer expires 31 August 2013 OFF 5518548AA MOVIE REVIEW: KICK ASS 2 Lethal: Chloe Grace Moretz as the glorious Hit Girl in Kick Ass 2. When good action hero movies go bad Matt Lawrey's MOVIE REVIEW BOTTOM LINE: not great. (out of five) Also screening: The Way, Way Back (M) Really good. If there is one thing I don't like about movie franchises, it's the way they keep giving us the same characters over and over again. One of the great thrills of being a moviegoer is meeting new heroes, sidekicks and villains. It's one of the reasons Star Wars chimed with people on such a global and lasting level. Sure, it followed a familiar Lord of the Rings-like story arc and was full of arche- typal figures (seriously, Gandalf and Obi Wan Kenobi could be twins) but where George Lucas nailed it was the characters he created. Think about it: from Darth Vader and Han Solo to Chewbacca and C3PO, Star Wars is packed with memorable, engaging characters. One of the most memorable cinematic characters over the last 10 years has to be a nunchuck-spinning, sword-wielding, expletive-spitting, homicidal little lady by the name of Hit Girl. An 11-year-old costumed vigilante played by Chloe Grace Moretz, Hit Girl stole 2010's Kick Ass from Aaron Taylor Johnson in the eponymous lead role and even left co- star Nicolas Cage in the shade. Hit Girl was an instant classic and Moretz owned the part. Not only was Kick Ass subversive, it was a big critical and commercial success so, for obvious reasons, it wasn't long before a sequel was in the works. Based on a comic of the same name and another focusing just on Hit Girl, Kick Ass 2 (R16) looks and sounds a lot like the first film but isn't anywhere near as good. After the exciting events of the first film, Taylor Johnson's teenage crimefighter Kick Ass has hung up his customised green wet- suit and is trying to adjust to life as an everyday high school student. Hit Girl, meanwhile, is growing up and behind her guardian's back is continuing her all out blood-splattered war on crime. Following in Kick Ass's footsteps, homegrown heroes in homemade costumes are popping up all show and doing their best to keep the streets safe. Inspired by the people he inspired, Kick Ass decides to get back into the game and asks Hit Girl to train him. Once again Moretz rules; this time not only blowing Taylor Johnson away but also Jim Carrey who turns up as an ultra- violent born-again Christian calling himself Colonel Stars and Stripes. And there, in a nutshell, is the biggest problem facing Kick Ass 2; the only charac- ter anyone is likely to be interested in is the 14-year-old girl in a mask slicing and dicing her way through an assortment of dispos- able goons. Instead of bothering with another film about the bloke in the wetsuit, Kick Ass 2's makers would have wiser to focus solely on the kid in the purple wig. Bringing back the average Christopher Mintz-Plasse to play the baddie was also a, um, bad idea. Three years ago we had to endure the sight of him squeezed into a red rubber costume as Red Mist. This time he is in black rubber and chains and going by a name that can't be printed in this paper. I'm all for recycling but, seriously, would it have killed them to give us a new villain? On the positive side of things, Carrey is good, Taylor Johnson is fine and there are a couple of scenes that should make you laugh.
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