CST Throwback Thursday: Film of the Week

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by Ralph Linardic,

Back in 2013 when female action heroes weren’t praised like they are today, Chloe Grace Meretz’s Hit-Girl shocked audiences with her cursing and abrasive personality. I chose “Kick-Ass 2” as this week’s throwback film to honor the opening of the ass-kicking Charlize Theron’s “Atomic Blonde (which was mediocre).

“Kick-Ass 2” is not appreciated like it should be. It has bonkers action, entertaining characters, and well written jokes. Mathew Vaughn didn’t direct this sequel, but Jeff Wadlow essentially copied his style, and it turned out excellent. The action was the same bloody, exciting, and fast paced gore fest as the first, and the characters had the same sensibilities.

You came here to read about Hit-Girl, though. And rightfully so, because she is one of the best female superhero’s out there. What ultimately makes her so interesting is how young she is. Most superheroes are adults, but Hit-Girl is 13. She has to fight crime and make time for her foster Dad Marcus. I liked that she got a foster Dad in this story because it’s a nice counter to her dad in the first movie. Hit-Girl makes this movie whole in my opinion.

Now, let’s get to the other main character, Kick-Ass himself. His role in this movie is smaller than the first, but still worthwhile. I liked how he relied on Hit-Girl to train him. It was a nice role-reversal if you will. The death of his father really improved his arc in this movie. It turned the tone more serious while keeping the light-hearted fun, if that makes sense.

Now, Jim Carrey’s Colonel Stars and Stripes. No disrespect to Chloe Grace Meretz’s Hit-Girl, but the Colonel is the most entertaining character in this movie. Not necessarily the best, but the most fun. His one-lines are legendary and his action scenes are memorable. It’s a shame that Jim Carrey turned against the film because of the violence, because this is one of the better action movies I’ve seen in the past few years.

“Kick-Ass 2” is worth a second-look in my opinion. The bonkers action and entertaining characters make it worth the time. Jeff Wadlow’s best Matthew Vaughn impression worked out.

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