Well, it appears they stuck closely to the source material considering the RT score.
Because, man, that second book completely sucks too.
Well not everyone thinks that. Kick-Ass 2 happens to be one of my favorite comics ever. Every once in a while I'll pull out my HC copy of it and give it a read. It's got a nice quick pace, a great story, and a powerful message: "Being a hero has it's consequences."
Got that right, Bub!
works! And it works because of the brutality and stakes involved!
Most superhero stories have stakes that are completely nonsensical. Loki wants to conquer the world. The Joker wants to burn down Gotham. Lex Luthor wants to sink an entire state to make beachfront property in Arizona.
What kind of stakes are those?
The Motherfucker wants to hurt Kick-Ass by killing everybody he ever loved. It's a classic revenge story and his methods are appropriately brutal. The violence in Kick-Ass 2 services the story.
I consider this a nice change. Superhero stories are hypocritical in their violence. A bunch of invincible people hitting each other and knocking buildings down and nobody ever gets hurt. It's all sanitized. Fake. Plastic. Generic.
They pander to the desensitized.
The reason Kick-Ass 2
: The Comic works is because it is REsensitizing. It portrays real world violence. Yes it portrays it in an OTT way but rape, mass shootings, animal violence, bombings...
Is it offensive?
Is it horrifying!
But you know what?
And that’s how it should
Superhero movies and comics glorify
violence on a monthly basis!
makes violence ugly
and that’s exactly how it should be! It’s one hell of a REsensitizing
book and it’s no surprise that there are people who hate it.
Desensitization is easier.