Kick-Ass (2010)


Sorry to disagree with you my bud, Aiden, but this did not suck-ass.

Inspired by his love of comic books, high school student Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) decides to transform himself into a masked crime fighter — a decision that eventually thrusts the teenager into Internet stardom. Soon, Dave’s antics inspire a wave of would-be heroes to don costumes and live out their superhero fantasies. Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz also star in this comic book adaptation from director Matthew Vaughn.

The controversy for this movie has mostly been brought out from the first trailer. There is a lot of bloody, and crazy violence, while there is like a 12-year old saying the word “cunt”. However, those were mostly it’s main points.

The film has great writing. The premise is highly original, and perfect for any superhero nerd, who has dreamed of one day being a cool guy with a mask, and don’t get me wrong it starts out funny and fresh, but then it just turns into something I have seen before. It’s basically structured , by the end, like a super-hero film, and last time I checked it was about this dude trying to be a superhero and failing, not being a super-hero, and all of a sudden, turning into one. It also, sometimes is just too flat at times to be funny, and could have actually benefited from better writing when it came to its comedic side, although I do think some of it was good. I understand the fact of tongue-in-cheek, but after awhile I just ignored it, and thought too myself, if this is how its going to be the whole film, oh well I can get over it, and still have a good time.

I have to say though, it’s main strong-point was the crazy violence it got in trouble for. If you are squeamish, do not go to this film, because you will mostly be wasting your money seeing this blood-fest. And I’m no major blood lover kind of guy, but I just loved how much these people got their shit wrecked. It was cool to see how we evolved from old superhero films that use like super-powers, and now in our recent ones, we have guns, weapons, and basically our fists. If you wanted to watch one scene from the movie that would basically sum it all up, it would basically be the one where Nic Cage’s character, takes out about a dozen dudes, by far one of the coolest things I have seen in any action film.

Aaron Johnson is good in his role as a nerdy dude, but when he takes his mask and glasses off, and his hair is matted down, you realize that he is just another good-looking actor. His character also is played too much like a Jesse Eisenberg, or Michael Cera, and he is just basically a type picked for this role. The best part of the cast was Hit-Girl, and that bad-ass to the top right, Big Daddy. Nic Cage is great in this role, cause its awesome just be in this role, and not try so hard to cheese it up, or be cool. He’s just one bad-ass mofo, that knows how to use a shotgun. Chloe Moretz, basically owns this movie, and shoots it in the face. She curses like my dinner table at Thanksgiving, kills people in beautiful ways, but there is also this innocence that makes it so hard not to love. She is an iconic character, and will surely be played off many other times in other films to come. Halloween costume?? I think so!

Also, Mclovin’s in this basically playing, a rich, super-hero like Mclovin. Poor guy can never play anything else. While, Mark Strong is his dad, and cheesing it up as the main villain.

Consensus: Kick-Ass may not have the best writing, and start to turn into something we have seen before, but still has the great bloody violence, awesome performances, and some nice writing.

8/10=Matinee!!

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11 comments

  1. I liked the characters, I liked the realism mixed in with fantasy, and overall it well executed. Sure it wasn’t a masterpiece, but it was great entertainment and for all it tried to do, it succeeded the best at that. I’m with you and walked away with a huge smile on my face.

  2. Hey Dan, good review. Ya I thought this was quite good myself, not great, but better than alot of superhero movies I’ve seen. I thought the humour was more subtle and less in your face than we’re used to nowdays, which might expect the flatness as you were saying, but I kinda liked it.

  3. I’d have to disagree with you on this one. While I did enjoy some scenes, it didn’t come together for me as a whole. There were far too many distractions like the girl thinking that the lead character was a potential gay friend. Maybe for 1 or 2 scenes, it would’ve worked but to drag it on and use it as a joke for like 30-40 minutes was not amusing.

    “…but when he takes his mask and glasses off, and his hair is matted down, you realize that he is just another good-looking actor.”

    ^ lol. I thought he was weird-looking. I couldn’t look at him for too long.

    They should cast Chloe Moretz in KILL BILL, Vol. 3.

  4. “The best part of the cast was Hit-Girl, and that bad-ass to the top right, Big Daddy”. Agreed!

    While I knew from the trailers Hit-Girl would steal the show, I’m surprised how unexpectedly I liked Cage (whom I usually loathe)…especially since he channeled Adam West so well, he could have the same DNA:)

    It’s been a few weeks since I’ve seen it and while I didn’t think it lived up to trailers (and it felt a little thin in more than a few parts), I enjoyed it and I really want to see it again…but not pay the full theater ticket price. I’m sure I’ll find I love it by the time it hits DVD/BRD and I get that second viewing.

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