Movie Review – Kick-Ass (Vaughn, 2010)

So, how did this year’s superhero film based from a comic book of the same title, Kick Ass, really kicked someone in the butt and stirred a whirl of controversy?

Let’s meet Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), your average high school teen who thinks that the world has had its fair share of evilness and decides to make the world a better place by becoming a real-life superhero. Only he lacks the “super” in it – no training, no supernatural powers, no whatsoever. As expected, his first attempts to fight crime were an epic fail. But broken bones supported by steel rods and metal plates did not prevent the hero in green suit bring justice in his friendly neighborhood. He found himself beaten to death again; but this time his heroic deed did not go unnoticed as witnesses took videos of him which became instant YouTube hits. Kick-Ass went all the way and ended up in a drug den where he met the real superheroes – Big Daddy and Hit-Girl.

Big Daddy is later revealed as ex-cop Damon Macready (Nicholas Cage) who seeks vengeance against the mob. He was framed up as a drug dealer and spent years in prison. As soon as he was released, he spent time building up his arsenal and training  with his daughter Mindy (Chloë Grace Moretz). The team-up carried their assaults which was never a problem except that Kick-Ass got the limelight especially with Frank D’Amico’s (Mark Strong) gang. Now Kick-Ass realized that being a superhero in comic books is never fun in real life.

The rest of the movie devotes itself to an exciting exchange of tactics and bloodspill. Nicholas Cage apparently did not intend to steal the show by showing off superb stunts. You can tell it is authentic Cage acting. He played the role with so much rage and loneliness that his last scene with Mindy made me cry.

Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. definitely knew what they were doing when they had an 11-year-old girl get some gun and knife and let her spill blood all over the place. You know when Hit Girl has hit you – when she swiftly struck one of the drug dealers with her sword and killed the others in an elegant bloody fashion. Moretz kills with ease for an adorable little girl. While other may have cringed when they saw Hit-Girl butchering with her machete and firing non-stop with her rifle, I simply commend how Moretz carried everything out. Her tough, angsty personality jives well with Johnson’s lame teeny character. The dynamic between the two is amusing. In most of the clips, I found myself laughing to both of them.

Admittedly, the movie is not something you want your eight-year-old to see. But for people who appreciate the fun behind every brutality and violence, Kick-Ass definitely delivers. Afterall, comic books welcome you in a world where imagination has no limits and this movie lived up to it.

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