Last night I had the honor of seeing Kick-Ass a week and a half before its nationwide release. Before I get into the review, I will start with a short brief plot synopsis for those of you who have been under a rock. This highly anticipated film is based on the comics, with the same title. The film follows the main character, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and pretty much just lives a normal life. However, one day he questions why no one has ever tried to be a superhero – and makes the decision to become one overnight, even though he has no powers or training.
Now let’s get into the review.
Kick-Ass is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake), so you know it’s going to be gritty going in – and this film doesn’t fail to disappoint. Although we have seen about 128 new superhero movies in the past 3 years, Kick-Ass stands apart, taking the comic-book genre and turning it on its head. While the plot is one seen before, Kick-Ass delivers it unlike any movie before it, and will most likely be the bar for future movies to come. One of the immediate things you notice in the film is the dialogue – smart, witty, quick. It almost doesn’t feel scripted, and it instantly sucks you into the film and the characters.
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Speaking of the characters, Kick-Ass features known faces (Nic Cage, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz-Plasse) as well as new future stars. The film focuses on the character Kick-Ass, and Johnson does a great job in this role. He could come off as arrogant, but instead you feel for him and can easily relate to some aspect of his life. However, his two superhero friends Big Daddy (Nic Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) steal every scene they are in. The audience would consistently cheer and applaud after just about every scene with Hit Girl – an 11 year old trained assassin basically. Mintz-Plasse (Red Mist) was the only character I had a problem with. This is the guy who played McLovin by the way. Well he plays a confused character and just seems to be out-of-place. I think this role should have gone to someone else, that being said, he does his best and is overshadowed by the outstanding performances from the rest of the cast.
The action sequences are amazing. They are seriously jaw-dropping. They’re high octane, in your face, blood spurting, neck slashing, brutal fight scenes that are thrown in throughout the film. Perhaps the most amazing of these superheroes at fighting is the 11 year old Hit Girl. I won’t give anything away, but she is incredible in the film. And that’s the thing that is so great about Kick-Ass, you are connected to these characters from the very beginning. This movie could have just been like another “shoot em up” film, but instead you find yourself truly caring about each one of the characters.
Kick-Ass is the best movie I have seen this year by far. A whole new genre of superhero films has been opened – and Kick-Ass has the set the bar extremely high. This movie comes with my highest recommendations. I sat in the theater trying to think of things we didn’t like in the film with Genesis – we both couldn’t come up with anything. I am already planning on seeing it again.
Kibitzers Rating: 10 out of 10