Kick-Ass is a mix of comedy (some of it dark comedy) and action wrapped up into one 2 hour package that will entertain you from start to finish. Think Kill Bill fight sequences (in color) meets Superbad. It’s a blend of hilarious dialog, over the top action and people getting chopped in half. Nicolas Cage was perfect as “Big Daddy” providing an insane mixture of Ward Cleaver and Adam West to his onscreen persona. The rest of the cast was impressive as well including Aaron Johnson as “Kick-Ass” and Chloe Moretz playing “Hit-Girl”. Johnson played a sexually frustrated high school student turned super hero as if he had years of experience being sexually frustrated and Chloe Moretz is worth the ticket price alone for the simple fact that you get to see an 11-year-old girl call someone a douche. “Kick-Ass” is the best movie I have seen this year and I insist anyone who enjoys comic books, action movies or comedies go out and see it.
Violence, profanity, comedy and superheroes: that is what should be in just about every film, but that’s just me. “Kick-Ass” definitely lives up to its name by making you laugh hysterically at a boy’s attempt to dress in a costume and become a superhero.
Mark Millar’s (Wanted) popular comic book combined with Matthew Vaughn’s (Layer Cake) vision is sure to please fans and make anyone’s stomach turn from laughing so hard…or it could also be Tarantino-esque violence caused by an 11-year-old Hit Girl, who curses like a sailor and kicks more ass than Jason Bourne.
Played by 13-year-old Chloe Moretz (500 Days of Summer), Hit Girl steals the film with her profane language (“Ok you c*nts…let’s see what you can do,” she says before going on a killing spree) and great action sequences. She fights alongside Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), a hero that looks very similar to that one guy in Gotham City, to bring down a drug cartel.
The film may go off the tracks at times, but it never strays away from its main character, Dave Lizewski (played by Aaron Johnson). Dave is a geek who spends his time with his two best friends at the local comic shop and then jacks off to his English teacher at home. But one day he wonders what millions of people (like me) have wondered: how come no one has ever tried to become a superhero? So he buys a suit and starts patrolling the streets, calling himself Kick-Ass and eventually becomes an Internet sensation (even more so than “Charlie Bit My Finger”). But Kick-Ass soon experiences the struggles of the hero life, and becomes a drug lord’s (Frank D’Amico) number one target. The cartel attempts to lure in Kick-Ass by using hero Red Mist, played by McLovin…wait, I meant Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who did a good job of breaking away from his usual geeky roles and playing a complicated villain.
Kick-Ass will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most entertaining films of the year. Johnson shines as the geeky underdog and Cage showed us that he actually can be a cool actor, but Moretz’s stellar performance as the girl dressed in purple wearing a wig and throwing butterfly knives will be talked about for a long time.