Kick-Ass 2 is a sequel to the 2010 film of the same title. It picks up where its protagonists last left it in the first instalment.
Kick-Ass (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Hit-Girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) have succeeded in teaming up to fight evil, hiding their true identities under makeshift superhero costumes.
In the process, they have inspired ordinary citizens to follow their example.
As a result, a growing number of people decide to wear improvised superhero costumes and take to the streets to be on the look-out for troublemakers.
Subsequently, this affects the lead characters David (Kick-Ass) and Mindy (Hit-Girl). Now that masked crime-fighters have become a common sight, they are no longer the star of the show.
Without their masks, David and Mindy are regular and unpopular students in school. Unlike their superhero alter-egos, they are just young people who are low-key and get picked on sometimes by school bullies.
Without their masks, they are forced to face harsh realities and solve tough problems.
Thus, the conflict of these characters arises: will they continue being crime-fighting masked heroes or will they settle for being ordinary kids and stay away from trouble?
Kick-Ass 2 successfully tackles the concerns of the young generation; thanks to the effective performances of its actors like Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz.
The main characters are very effective in bringing forth the plights that usually trouble the youth today.
This being said, the film succeeds in sending an empowering message for the youth and told in a form that the target audience can relate to—through a dark comedy action movie.
Jim Carrey—who stars as Colonel Stars And Stripes—has a fairly notable character, although his presence is probably more to add star value to the film rather than play a pivotal role in the movie.
Another important message of the movie is the continuous effort to do what’s good. Although the main characters went the extra mile and put their lives at risk, their effort may only do so much to change the world. However, this did not discourage them from doing what needs to be done.
Kick-Ass 2 is not the typical superhero movie because it is about ordinary kids who dream of becoming like their favorite comic-book superheroes. Just like most young people today, they are still faced with real-life problems such as dealing with identity crisis, peer pressure, acceptance, family issues, and love.
It teaches that one does not need to have super-powers to be real heroes, and like how the old saying goes, “the power is within you.”