Kick-Ass brings a new side to superhero movies and turns the genre on its head. Kick-Ass is actually pretty funny, and works much better than other hero comedies like Superhero Movie. The film also contains a lot of violence and action, all these ingredients make the movie an interesting delight.
The movie revolves around Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson). Dave is a comic book nerd who is surviving high school. Dave dreams of becoming a superhero like in the comics. Then, one day he orders a wetsuit and a mask and tries to fight crime. This bold gesture inspires a wave of real life superheroes in New York City. These other heroes include Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage). Dave is soon pulled in way over his head as the other ‘superheroes’ have better gear and experience. Together, the superheroes work together to take down a big time crime lord in the city.
The acting in Kick-Ass is pretty good. Aaron Johnson was a little annoying at first, but you grew to like him. He was definitely believable as a comic book nerd. Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, Role Models) was not quite as funny as he usually is, although he did have a good last line in the movie, which offers up the opportunity for a sequel. The little girl, Chloe Grace Moretz, was both cute and terrifying. At first she seemed innocent and funny, but the more I thought about it the more messed up it seemed. I mean, watching a little girl kill people is very strange (and if examined too closely it may show a disturbing underbelly to this film). One of the best performances in this film is Nicholas Cage’s. Cage captures his character in a deranged sense. He is funny and kind of a dork, but he has a room full of guns, so his character as a badass side as well.
Kick-Ass is based off a graphic novel series by Mark Miller, who also wrote the graphic novel behind Wanted. I don’t really read comics, and haven’t read either of these graphic novels, but I can immediately see similarities in the films. Both of these movies contain strong bloody violence and show irony and have the main character grow from a loser to a hero. Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kick-Ass, did a good job with this film. He borrows lots from other directors, certain scenes clearly referencing the styles of other artists like Quentin Tarantino. While Vaughn lacks originality in the creative sense, Kick-Ass is still an enjoyable film. I think there is part of the crew who deserve some extra credit as well. The entire sound department of the film did very well. The music is fixed perfectly into the film and it always fits the tone of the scene.
Kick-Ass is an extremely entertaining movie. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested. Kick-Ass is primarily a movie for teens, as the violence, comedy and storyline will primarily be appreciated by teenagers. This is not to say that adults will not like this picture, and there are certain members of the public I would discourage from seeing this movie. Taken at face value, it is a fun movie, but I wouldn't read into it much further.