Thursday, August 15, 2013

Final Cut Call: Kick-Ass 2

Bravo Jim Carrey, bravo.

Refusing to promote your work in Kick-Ass 2 is the wisest career move you've ever made. Supporting something featuring a scene this heinous would be unconscionable.

How could any filmmaker – or studio – justify the slaughtering of cops with a lawn mower? And don't give me the standard: "It's in the comic book" or "It's social commentary" BS. As if either of those rationalizations condones such barbarities.

Never in my many years of sitting through screenings have I seen an audience turn against a movie as swiftly as the moment the massacre drops; the mood swinging from giddy enjoyment to stunned silence.

The dude seated next to me was shaking his head in disgust — and he was sporting a domino mask.

And it's not like writer/director Jeff Wadlow (responsible for 2008's teen-street-fighting-hunk-of-crud Never Back Down) needed to go to such extremes – offing some ten officers in the first of his two cop-killing scenes, 13 total by my count – to establish the "evilness" of his villains.

They'd just decapitated Carrey's leader-of-the-kooky-crusaders character – Colonel Stars and Stripes – thus cementing The Motherf%&*^r's (Christopher Mintz-Plasse in dominatrix gear this time 'round) status as the newly-minted kingpin of all things nefarious, taking over for his bazooka'd-to-bits dad.

The sickening police-slaying sequence aside, Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson back in his Scorpion-inspired costume) and Hit-Girl's (Chloë Moretz still swearing up a storm) reunion is actually rather entertaining.

But dismissing something as vile as law enforcement getting mowed down – literally – would be as grotesquely egregious as filming it in the first place.

Final Cut Score: 60%