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Kick-Ass 2 red-band trailer

Kick-Ass2.jpgEveryone's excited about the new Kick-Ass trailer, Kick-Ass 2. I have to admit that I'm surprised it looks so good and that it has attracted back most of the original cast - Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, well the ones with double barrelled names anyway.

I had assumed that the handover of writing and directing duties to Jeff Wadlow would mark a downgrade of the film, even with Matthew Vaughn still on as producer, but for everything we're seeing it suggests that this is a worthy sequel and the red band trailer kind of backs that up.

The original Kick-Ass caused quite the stir seeing a young girl swearing and being so violent onscreen but really for it's very different take on superheroes and what it takes to become one, and to be fair supervillains too. It was a great fun film and with Matthew Vaughn directing it you weren't surprised it was a great hit, but when word came that there was going to be a sequel with an extra long title and a much smaller scale writer-director, it seemed that this was sliding.

Not so it would seem as casting confirmed leading talent was returning and now the first trailer suggests that we're back all guns, and potty-mouths, blazing. Here's the blurb:

After Kick-Ass' (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)-reborn as The Mother F%&*^r-only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation.

So, the Kick-Ass 2 trailer, let's get right into it through TrailerAddict. Oh but do remember this is an MPAA red band so that means it will corrupt us all. Actually it has some mild swearing, violence and some splatters of blood. Go for it:

I like the way they've taken and progressed the story, and even more so I love the fact that they have Jim Carrey as the new elder superhero of the group, he looks superb and his character seems to have a lot of fun, and we have John Leguizamo joining the cast too.

The plot is increased with superheroes popping up all over the place and joining forces while a new or rather remarketed supervillain appears on the scene and looks like he's raising his own army in response. I do like they way that the film is all looking a little bit more grown up and darker to match the fact that they've aged too.

However, I'm not sure if we're just seeing homage moments to the original or it's trying to copy it, after all the scenes with Hit Girl being badass, swearing and getting into some serious fights aren't as surprising and eye popping as they were the first time around. We have to hope that this isn't trying to do more of the same and is carving its own path, story wise it looks like it might be trying to.




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