“Henceforth I shall be known as ‘The Motherfucker'”

In most superhero movies the true nature of violence is only suggested. Kick Ass 2 (and Kick Ass 1 to a lesser extent) attempts to lend a bit more reality to the brutality of violence. The plot and the characters are of course still ridiculous. Yet to me ‘Toxic Mega Cunts’ seems like a more credible name for a band of supervillains than ‘The Brotherhood of Evil’ or ‘The Injustice League’ etc. Is the violence and the swearing gratuitous? Yes. But is there really any other reason for including violence in films than it’s impact?

The parodies, amongst the vague structure of the plot, are the director’s way of accepting and embracing the fact that all superhero movies are pretty much the same. Leading up to the final confrontation I spotted hints of Batman, Spiderman, The Avengers, The League of Gentlemen and Ghostrider. Littered amongst these were also teenagers taken straight out of Mean Girls.

As the film went on, and masks began to be removed, I found myself playing a second game of eye-spy. This time looking for well-known, but mostly hidden, members of the cast. Jim Carrey was in there (using some kind of unidentifiable accent), also present was Turk from Scrubs; Iain Glen from Game of Thrones; and even Andy Nyman from cult Channel 4 drama Campus. I missed Nicholas Cage, but he was still eerily present in the form of a creepy photograph, and his old Batman-esque costume.

As with the first film, Chloe Moretz steals the show, as a much stronger and wiser character than any of the men. Hit Girl is an intense character with relatively few words, but she pulls it off brilliantly, and she seems to do at least some of the stunts herself. The rest of the cast tick along at a nice pace, interrupted often with gory fight scenes, but the real focus is on Hit Girl.

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