Dark sequel packs more of a punch

Kick-Ass 2 - AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON as Dave Lizewski and CHLOE MORETZ as Mindy Macready.PA Photo/UPI Media.

Kick-Ass 2 - AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON as Dave Lizewski and CHLOE MORETZ as Mindy Macready.PA Photo/UPI Media.

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Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl are back for more action in Mark Millar’s comic book sequel, which packs more of a punch than the first film.

Now directed by American Jeff Wadlow, after Matthew Vaughn passed on the job, this follow-up to the 2010 movie has darker humour, more swearing and more violence than the first film.

Set four years after Kick-Ass, our favourite characters have grown up. Now 18 and close to finishing high school, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is keen to bring his green figure-hugging Kick-Ass suit out of the closet, while Mindy McCready (Chloe Grace Moretz), who sneaks out of school to bust drug-dealers, is being urged to forget her superhero sideline as Hit-Girl and fit in and be a normal teenager, following the death of her father Big Daddy.

“Aren’t you tired of being on your own? I wanna team up like Batman and Robin,” says Dave, to which Mindy scornfully replies: “No one wants to be Robin.” Fans will be glad that Kick-Ass 2 is a faithful sequel, although some of the darker references in the comic book have been taken out, following the shooting tragedies in Aurora, Colorado, and Sandy Hook, Connecticut.