Since the stills of Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes were released a couple months back, I have been anxiously awaiting more Kick-Ass 2. Today the red band trailer dropped, and it completely lives up to its name: it kicks ass.
I’m going to watch this trailer, I don’t know, like, a million times.
“Based on the comic books written by Mark Millar and illustrated by John Romita Jr., director Jeff Wadlow’s “Kick-Ass 2″ sees the return of Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Moretz as young vigilantes Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl, as well as the transformation of Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s Red Mist into an unbelievably evil super-villain with an unspeakably foul-mouthed name.”
Now, I have a lot of comic-book-nerd-friends who disagree with me, but I thought Kick-Ass was one of the best superhero films of the last few years. Admittedly, I haven’t read the Mark Millar comic that is the film’s source material, so I don’t have that bias, although I do adore Mark Millar’s other work (I really do love Wanted, and I was so crazy about The Ultimates and Ultimate X-Men).
But I loved Kick-Ass. I thought the characters were fantastic, emotional layered parodies of super-heroes, both out-of-this-world and believable at the same time. It might not be as heavy as the source material, I’ve been told, but it isn’t that tame! I mean, you want to talk about comics that were totally stripped of their depth and intensity, take a look at V For Vendetta. Seriously. The one concession I will make it that the ending of the film is a mess. I can’t defend that. A jet pack? C’mon.
Still, I love the slickness of the film, it’s poppiness, the colors, the musical quality it has. It’s loud and fun and in your face. And all of that looks like its been carried over into the sequel. And now, in Kick-Ass 2, to replace Nic Cage, who I love, love, loooovvveeed Big Daddy, is a totally insane Jim Carrey. He is going to be perfect.
And Aaron Johnson? Goddamn that boy is fine. ’nuff said.