“Kick-Ass 2” is not your average action film or comic book movie. No PG-13 pulled punches here. Violence, blood, sex and foul language permeate throughout, but a dark sense of humor lightens things a bit.
Some major players are back from the 2010 original film — Kick-Ass (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Morentz) and several bit characters — but a new face that stands out in the sequel is West Lafayette’s own Claudia Lee.
Lee, 17, is an unmasked villain in the form of high school mean girl Brooke, who tries to mold Hit Girl’s secret identity, Mindy Macready, in her own image. For most of the film, Brooke has the upper hand on Mindy before the superhero fights back and dumps her nemesis out of the movie in a most unceremonious way.
No spoilers here but this role is huge for Lee. “Kick-Ass 2” marks the teen’s big screen debut and the young actress shines in this performance. Only star Morentz’s performance is more memorable among the movie’s female cast.
“Kick-Ass 2” is currently playing at Wabash Landing 9, Eastside 9 and Lafayette 7.
Lee’s rise to fame has been beyond meteoric.
Lee was in the West Lafayette school system until junior high when she and her family made a go of it in Los Angeles. In 2011, Lee landed a semi-regular role on Disney XD’s “Zeke and Luther.” It was a small show but it was under the Disney umbrella. Lee, whose last name was Mirkowski before taking the Hollywood plunge, also cut some pop tracks, which added to the buzz.
Then in a somewhat surprising move, Lee moved up the television maturity ladder by signing on to play Magnolia Breeland in The CW’s “Hart of Dixie.” As the mischievous little sister to the teen drama’s main antagonist Lemon Breeland (Jamie King), Lee’s talents got her major screen time with some episodes revolving around her Magnolia.
So that takes us to “Kick-Ass 2,” another huge and atypical step for Lee. The material in “Kick-Ass 2” is pretty hardcore, and CW fans of hers may have to look away or plug their ears in some scenes. But Lee proves she belongs in films with this performance. She’s got the look and Lee pulls off a nasty, vile character with aplomb.
“Kick-Ass 2” is set up for a “Kick-Ass 3,” which is being discussed, and Lee’s Brooke could very well be in the mix.
Before then, look for Lee in an upcoming Fox comedy — yet another new foray for her — called “Surviving Jack,” which stars former “Law and Order SVU” mainstay Christopher Meloni. And don’t be surprised if more movie offers come pouring in.