director Matthew Vaughn
Kick-Ass 2 (2013) somewhat ruined Kick-Ass (2010) for me. The original had been one of those films I liked when it had come out and was curious to see again. But in the interim, I caught parts of it on TV and then saw the really bad sequel, which was still made up of enough of the parts of the original to really make you wonder what you liked about it in the first place.
Well, this viewing was for my 13 year old son who was interested in seeing it.
On viewing again, the two true fact emerge as from initial viewing. Nicolas Cage and Chloë Grace Moretz (as Big Daddy and Hit Girl, respectively) are the best things about the film. Cage’s misguided loving parenting and wheezy, goofy nerdiness play well off the foul-mouthed 12 year old girl who is ultimately the kick-ass machine of the movie. And the film features a few good set pieces of action by director Matthew Vaughn that hold up well, five years later.
Felix liked it okay. Clara thought it was funny. I’ve warned them off the sequel.