Music By Matthew Margeson & Henry Jackman
La-LaLand Records LLLCD1272
27 Tracks/Disc Time: 58:00
“Kick-Ass 2” was the highly anticipated sequel to the 2010 surprise hit action comedy that was directed by Matthew Vaughn (“X-Men First Class”) which starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson as a hapless nerd Dave who became a vigilante superhero named “Kick-Ass” (naturally!) who teams up with Mindy (Chloe Grace Moritz, “Carrie”) aka. “Hit-Girl” and her father Damon (Oscar Winner Nicolas Cage, “Leaving Las Vegas”) aka. “Big Daddy” who had been killed by a nefarious New York Mobster, D’Amico (Mark Strong, “Sherlock Holmes”) who in turn was taken out by Kick Ass and Hit Girl. Seeking revenge is D’Amico’s son, Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, “Superbad”) who had joined Kick Ass as “Red Mist” now reborn as “MotherF***r” who’s committed himself to hunting down Kick-Ass, who has now joined a rag tag band of costumed vigilanties called Justice Forever led by a reformed former crime boss who calls himself “Stars And Stripes” (Jim Carrey, “Dumb And Dumber Too”) after Mindy is busted for going out as her alter ego and forced to conform to her plain high school appearance where she has to deal with mean girls her age. While MF’s plan to take out all of Kick-Ass’ closest friends and ultimately K-A himself, the key to eliminating MF once and for all is Hit-Girl, who has to make the ultimate choice. The film was directed by Jeff Wadlow who directed the indie action thrillers, “Cry Wolf” and “Never Back Down” and the film will be released on Blu-Ray/DVD on December 17th.
The original film had a rather interesting and ecclectic group of composers that ultimately contributed to the final score of the film that included the likes of John Murphy, Henry Jackman, Danny Elfman, Marius DeVries, and Ilan Eshkiri as part of the ensemble of sound that propelled the storyline. While this group isn’t returning except for the talents of the streaking hot Jackman, the majority of the film was scored by the talented newcomer Matthew Margeson, who contributed the best thing other than the super hot Brittany Daniel for the misfire, “Skyline” three years ago. The score to this film is not to dissimilar to the original film but the major difference is that it is a fully written work set up by Jackman and completely finished off by Margeson. The music is exciting and over the top which is done purposely and with great effect. What makes the score enjoyable on its’ own merits is that there was actual thought put into this score unlike the mish mash of different styles in the original film that really took away the cohesion a fully written score by a single composer would’ve given it.
The album opens with a heroic fanfare of sorts in “Main Titles” for electronics with pulsing energy that quickly shifts over to lighter material introducing us back to Dave and Mindy’s seemingly innocent high school world before the material shifts over to a plusing and rhythmic action in the tracks like the rocking “Justice Forever”, “Dave’s Field Test”, “Mindy’s First Date”, “Fat Bouncer Dismissed”, “Hit-Girl’s Farewell”, and “Cemetary Attack/Hit-Girl Is Back” that also have a poignant quality to them as these characters struggle with their alternate personalities and the battles they fight. The battle between Mother and Justice Forever is also scored to this style as well which actually is very strong material here that includes “Fatherly Sacrifice”, “Toxic Mega Cuts”, “Wherehouse Showdown”, “First Mission”, and “Remembering Colonel Stars And Stripes”.
La-La Land’s album is a very good one and a fine release for a score that at times wears a bit thin and that is the biggest flaw about it. I honestly wanted more of the poignant material for our main characters that would’ve really helped the action material stand out even more and I liked that material as well because the movie basically is about action. Am I disappointed in this score? No not really because I knew what to expect from it and that’s a rocking good time and on that level it really does succeed. On the other hand, the lack of more quieter moments make it a little bit unbalanced and that’s why I’m only giving it a marginal thumbs up. Fans of the Kick-Ass films will really enjoy it alot more from the action standpoint.