Admiral James Kirk wrote:
Got that right, Bub!
Kick-Ass 2 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?
Violence is offensive!
Violence is horrifying!
And thatís how it should be portrayed!
Superhero movies and comics glorify violence on a monthly basis!
Kick-Ass 2 makes violence ugly and thatís exactly how it should be! Itís one hell of a REsensitizing book and itís no surprise that there are people who hate it.
Desensitization is easier.
I completely agree with those points and they are the very reason why the second book sucks so much. All of these points were already made in the first book
The only new thing that KA2 brings to the table is even more extreme violence.
They wanted to cash in on the success of the first book but instead of making it original and interesting, they took the easy and cheap way out by simply adding rape and toddler killing to the recipe and be content with that.
That's just lazy.
Kick-Ass 2 is just not for everyone, that's all. Just because you didn't like it doesn't mean it's lazy at all.
Spoilers for the comic follow:
The violence is supposed to be ramped up. Dave's world is slowly being destroyed around him because of who he chooses to be (Kick-Ass). The girl he likes is raped, his dad is killed, a guy he meets and looks up to is brutally killed as well (Colonel Stars). His idealized world is essentially destroyed.
That's the point, of Kick-Ass 2.