Kick-Ass 2 is good and worth seeing in the theater, though it will probably play better to people that haven't read the comic books it was based on, Kick-Ass 2 and the prequel Hit-Girl. I would even go as far to say it's more of a parody of the source material than an adaptation this time around. For some scenes it's definately not a bad thing. In others I can't help but feel they went that route due to the real world massacres of the last two years that were similar to things that happened in the comics. Fortunately, the comedic aspects of the movie do provide some good laughs. Not quite the movie I was expecting, but still a good movie.
Don't get me wrong. There is still blood, murder, and sex that you wouldn't want kids to view. It's just that most of it doesn't have as dark an edge as the first Kick-Ass. A lot of comedy is verbal and we get less of the funny because it's clever, over the top action. The serious moments of the film also don't have as much breathing room before you get to another laugh line or action scene as the first movie did. I'm not sure if that is due to the movie trying to pack two graphic novels worth of story into one movie, or if that's just director Jeff Waldo's style. It would have been better if Hit-Girl got her own movie like the comic to deal with her life after Big Daddy issues. Then again, Chloë Grace Moretz, who plays Hit-girl, is growing up fast and has gotten a lot of great parts the last few years, so I'm not sure it would have been logistically possible.
It's hard to give this movie a specific grade. As a fan of the graphic novels, my expectations for the movie were different than the movie we got. I know that is weighing down my opinion of the movie. For myself I would have to give it a B+. However, I think that people that haven't read the comics or thought the comics were to over the top in shock value will give Kick-Ass 2 a higher grade.