Kick-Ass 2 was just released for the world to see, so now we can all determine whether we agree with Jim Carrey that the movie is too violent or if we’re going to roll our eyes at the idea. The movie, which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Jim Carrey, is the sequel to the original Kick Ass and is incredibly entertaining. It takes place three years after the end of the first movie and tells the story of Dave/Kick-Ass (Taylor-Johnson), now a senior in high school, trying to stop Chris/The Motherfucker/Red Mist (Mintz-Plasse) from destroying the city. There’s also a sub-plot that follows Mindy/Hit Girl (Moretz) as she assimilates to life as a normal, non-superhero teenager who is just starting high school. The plots are constantly overlapping throughout the movie, though, because, despite Dave’s constant pleas for Mindy to join him in the fight against Chris, Mindy has vowed to retire from fighting crime. With no one else to turn to, Dave assembles a group of amateur superheroes to help him fight the good fight, a group which includes Jim’s character, Colonel Stars and Stripes.
Please allow me to be the Ghost of Twitter’s past for just a moment and take you back to the fateful June day when Jim tweeted his extreme level of support for the movie and all that it has to offer. Just kidding! In fact, Jim did the exact opposite.
I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013
So, okay, he mentions the Sandy Hook tragedy that was and is a devastating event — and that isn’t being challenged at all. I’m looking more at the second half of the sentence where he mentions how the violence in the movie is in conflict with his personal views and that, right there, is what leaves me like, “you sure about that, Jimmy?” Because, after he released this statement, I was prepared for him to be playing a horribly ruthless kind of guy, chopping heads off left and right. But, nope, he just plays a guy with a relentless desire to defend those unable to do so for themselves. That…that sounds like he plays sort of a nice guy, right?
Sure, there is some blood shed but that kind of comes with the territory of having a storyline that follows the fight to save an entire city from a wannabe villain. But, even still, the violence isn’t superfluous. Some people might be inclined to argue that the movie relies too heavily on its action scenes, but then I might be inclined to morph into Cher Horowitz and say, “As if!” and not be ashamed even a little. My theory is that unsettling elements absolutely have a place in movies that are using them as a specific educational tool. That’s why it was totally okay for my elementary school gym teacher to show us anti-smoking propaganda of people with holes in their throats because he was trying to teach us something (and also, to mentally scar us, I guess.) And, because there is a smart-sounding voiceover at the end, I’m going to go ahead and believe that the movie carries some lesson along the lines of, “you don’t need a costume to be heroic.”
While that message might make you excited to go fight some crime of your own, I can only hope that just as that thought glides across your mind, you stop it right in its tracks. Movies are not real life and it’s really important that no one forgets that they’re created from someone’s brain or, more frequently, by copying from someone else’s book. If you are of the belief that movies, video games or anything else that has a lot of CGI blood is realistic and should be recreated by you, please raise your hand. And then, promptly raise your body and walk it over to the corner for a lengthy time-out. Because that is ridiculous. I think that we, as a Siri-using society, are past the point where we can’t tell the difference between what is okay in a movie and what is okay in actual life. So maybe don’t adopt an alternate persona and go around killing anyone because that is insane and is also the best way to get into jail.
Even the movie shows explicitly how horribly things can go when people blindly copy something cool-looking that they know nothing about. Has Jim completely forgotten the entire chunk of movie that showed all of the Kick-Ass copycats getting arrested and, sometimes, injured? That’s as close as you can get to saying, “don’t do everything you see,” without actually writing it into a character’s dialogue.
I see no reason why people of sound mind and judgement shouldn’t go see the great performances in this really good movie. And I especially see no reason for the people involved with the creation of the movie to feel badly for any violence that they feel like they’re promoting. No one hides the fact that there will be violence or tries to swindle any small children into seeing it, so anyone who willingly sets their eyeballs on it for an hour and a half is doing so because that’s what they’re into. “Monkey see, monkey do,” but sometimes monkey thinks and makes responsible decisions based on logic. Don’t be such a worry wart, Jimmy.