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I'm not the sort of guy to go a see a movie on its opening night in the cinema, nor am I the sort of guy to just go out to the cinema without knowing whats on before hand and going to see the closest movie to our arrival time, which is a scary thought because we could have ended up going to see Nanny McPhee (Shudders). Fortunately we ended up going to see Kick Ass, which wasn't a movie I had the highest of expectations for because even the trailer (which is meant to be good) isn't all that gripping and fails to make me jump up and reserve my ticket for the next showing (and I've done that before). So it was to my surprise that the film was actually reasonably funny and I found myself laughing with everyone else and enjoying the movie.
Warning - Mild Spoilers
Dave Lizewski is teenage boy who isn't at the top of the popularity scale as he explains in the opening scene, there isn't anything that makes him stand out from the crowd, and constantly getting robbed and beat up has made him think about what it would be like to become a superhero, which unsurprisingly doesn't grip his friends as much. Finally having enough he orders himself a suit and creates an alter ego called Kick Ass but fails at his first attempt at fighting any crime as he gets a beating, stabbed and ran over which results in him getting some metal to fix up his bones and numbed nerve endings meaning he can't feel as much pain. This results in him attempting at becoming a superhero once again and succeeding making him not only popular via videos on YouTube fighting bad guys, but wanted by a big criminal in the city and leads him on a comical journey into meeting other hero's and gaining respect from his peers.
===Thoughts on Story===
This story is more of a parody of a typical superhero movie like Spiderman or Batman, which are frequently mentioned in the film as the protagonist fails during his first attempts at becoming a superhero eventually succeeds, as is typical of the majority of movies based around the same topic. I though the story was straight forward and easy to understand, also not forgetting to mention it is based on an actual comic called Kick Ass written by Mark Millar and illustrated by John Romita, Jr, a less known publication by Marvel, so although I can't comment on Comic Vs. Film, the film takes elements of comics like the overhead banner saying 'Six Months Later' in the first few minutes of the film. The film is also funny, which although it is advertised as a comedy, I wasn't expecting much in real comedy, but it features lots of scenes which simple situational humour and the speech from the characters had me and the audience in my cinema in stitches. On an overall I really enjoyed the story, best film I can compare this to is The Watchmen, but instead of the long winded story we've got a snappy scenes and hysterical situations.
From first impressions we've got a good mix of star actors such as Christopher Mintz-Plasse who is of course McLovin from Superbad playing Chris D'Amico & Red Mist, also Nicolas Cage as Damon Macready & Big Daddy, who is undoubtfully a well-known actor and Clarke Duke playing Marty who was in Sex Drive and they've all had comical acting experience judging from their films. But among the stars, we've got the main actor portraying Dave Lizewski & Kick-Ass, Aaron Johnson who has been in Nowhere Boy, but other than that this is his blockbuster debut. I found all the acting to be up to standard and they were all funny in their own way, even Nicolas Cage who I've never seen been funny managed to make me laugh numerous times as he plays Hit Girls (Chloe Moretz) father and uses odd training methods to make her the ultimate superhero. Overall fantastic cast who did their jobs very well.
One of the things I noticed when watching this film is that the trailer uses a lot of scenes from the final bit of the film, which in general contains a lot more action as it is the finale of the film. However I must say that although the trailer seemingly advertises this as a film containing bland attempts at comedy and which features nothing but ridiculous fight scenes (as the impression I got from watching the trailer), it is far from that as it is equally balanced between comedy and action, giving the audience something to laugh at when watching an epic fight scene other long monologue.
===Age 15 Certificate===
It is odd to see a film featuring children to be a 15, however I do see why as it contains quite graphic violence with people being shot and blood, but also quite strong language and a scene or two of drug taking, probably not something I'd let a 10 year old see.
I highly enjoyed this film and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes comedy and action mixed in a great superhero mixture. The story was phenomenal and the cast really made this film work. If you planning to go to the cinema with some friends, this is a quality film to check out and would be appreciated by anybody (over the age of 15).
Kick Ass is based on the comic book/graphic novel of the same name by Mark Millar. I haven't yet read the comic book so I am unaware of how/if it differs from the film. The film hit headlines due to its profanity and violence performed by a child. Yet the film overall was well received and now has quite a large cult following.
The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn.
It is produced by Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt, Kris Thykier, Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack and David Reid.
Chloe Grace Moretx
The film is rated 15 and has a running time of approx 1hr 53mins.
The film follows the character Dave Lizewski, who is just an ordinary teenage boy, who happens to be a big comic book fan. He however is frustrated that people don't intervene when they see a crime being committed, after he himself was a victim of crime and watched as a man who saw the crime take place simply shut his curtains, and pretended not to see anything. Dave also wonders why it is that no-one has ever in real life tried to become a superhero. He decides to become Kick Ass.
His first attempt at crime fighting lewaves hime with permanent nerve damage after some nasty encounters with a knife then a car. He also has to deal with rumours about being gay, and going along with this even though he is straight, to get close to his crush Katie.
Even after his failed attempt Kick Ass continues on his quest and sets up a MySpace page where people can contact him for help. After a video of him fighting a group of thugs lands on the internet, his page becomes popular.
He tries to respond and help with a request sent into his page by Katie, which results in a drug dealer and his thugs overpowering him. It is here he meets Hit Girl ( an 11 year old vigilante) and Big Daddy (hit girl's father). who try to help him, as they also fight crime.
Hit Girl and Big Daddy are however on their own mission to stop and kill crime boss Frank D'Amico who made a huge negative impact on their lives.
Kick Ass accidently gets mixed up in Hit Girl and Big Daddy's fight and Frank D'Amico believes Kick Ass is the one responsible for the deaths of some of his men.
Frank's son Chris, who wants to get involved with his fathers business, becomes 'Red Mist' in an attempt to befriend fellow crime fighter Kick Ass. Believing in his new friend Kick Ass is lead into a trap by Red Mist, followed by Big Daddy and Hit Girl. Resulting in all hell breaking loose between the crime fighting trio and Frank D'Amico and his men.
How will it end, who will survive, watch it and find out!!!
The film also explores what happened in the past to lead Big Daddy and Hit Girl into becoming these characters and leaving normal life behind. Through this we get to share the beautiful yet hard relationship they share. The relationship between Frank and his son Chris is also explored but not as in depth as I felt it could have gone. Perhaps the funniest relationship explored is that of Dave and Katie.
There is quite alot of violence in the film, along with some sex scenes that I believe warrant the 15 rating, however this is mixed with a few emotional scenes that I wasn't expecting to appear in the film.
Overall I thought the film was pretty good, and I did enjoy it. There is a good mix of comedy, action and a guesss a bit of romance but in the teenage hormones on the loose way. There is alot of violence and blood but I don't feel it can be taken too seriously. I liked the idea of someone being a superhero without having superpowers or the money for loads of gadgets, Kick Ass is just a guy in a suit. There was however one part of the film that ruined it for me, which is when Nicolas Cage's character Big Daddy is on fire, and Hit Girl is trying to save him. I think this was meant to be a serious part, with a bit of real emontion, but it was ruined for me by Cage's terrible acting and clearly fake screams. There was also this one nagging thing I had throughout. The film is meant to be based in New York, but this doesn't come across in the film, and there is one part in the film, where Kick Ass and Red Mist are driving and they drive past an HMV store, to the best of my knowledge there are no HMV stores in New York. This lead me to believe it was filmed in Canada, which I don't have a problem with, just don't pretend its New York.
Its not a film to watch with the kids and I feel in some parts it could perhaps be a 18 rating.
I did enjoy that there was more than one story, it had many stories within the story, and I am now intrested to read the comics to find out more about each story featured in the film.
Overall I did enjoy the film, but it didn't quite live up to what I thought it was going to be. I think its more of a teenage boys film, however there are a few bits in there for everyone, just not the kids.
The dvd has a couple of special features on it which include
-Feature commentary with Matthew Vaughn
-It's on:The comic Book origin of Kick Ass featurette.
Kick Ass is a film about an ordinary teenage boy with an unordinary goal in life - to become a super hero. The film is based on a comic book. I only watched this film because the main character is played by Aaron Johnson and i've got a massive crush on him, I didn't think I would actually enjoy it but it's actually pretty good. Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is your average American teenager, he's percieved as being very average and doesn't stand out from the crowd. He is a fan of comic books and doesn't understand why no one's ever attempted to be a real life superhero, and decides he wants to do something about his life so that he stands out from the crowd and can be looked up to in society rather than blending in -
"I always wondered why no-one did it before me. I mean, all those comic books, movies, TV shows... you think that one eccentric loner would've made himself a costume. I mean, is everyday life really so exciting? Are schools and offices so thrilling that I'm the only one who fantasized about this? Come on, be honest with yourself, at some point in our lives we all wanna be a superhero." The main character of the film starts out as Dave, however as the film progressed, I personally was more interested in hit girl. Something about a child being trained into a killer from a young age by being shot, trained to use guns/knives, and fed delusional fairytale/comic book type stories did intrigue me!
The characters are all pretty uninportant apart from the two main characters - Kick Ass and Hit Girl. Hit Girl is quite unlikeable as she's very foul mouthed and sarcastic (some people find this hilarious as she's so young, but I don't) however as we get to know her and learn her story (her mother overdosing due to her father being locked away for a crime he didn't comit) we really warm to her. The side plot brilliantly ties in with the main story, and due to this it is much more violent than it would be if the 'real superhero's' hadn't come into the story, and there are some scenes of torture that some people will find quite distressing. The fight scenes are brilliant - they're extremely well coriographed and very realistic despite being incredibly violent, and as a result they are pretty gory at points! They're not gory to the point of being a scene to stick in your head for a while but the blood etc is really realistic.
Hit Girl's father, Big Daddy, is a goodie who kind of turns into a baddie, he was set up by a well known gangster and was locked away for a considerable amount of time, and also lost his wife due to her overdosing when he was in prison due to depression. Because of this, he is determined to get revenge and the story progresses into the final showdown between Hit Girl, Big Daddy, the gangster and unfortunetly, Dave, due to a string of events. The movie has a mix of dark comedy and brutal violence (including a giant microwave), with the comedic side of the film coming to play whenever the situation is tense and it therefor softens the violence a bit. The comedy is quite crude and it's a bit american meaning I didn't 'get' some of the jokes.
I personally found the most realistic character to be dave but I found some of the scenarios unrealistic such as it being perfectly timed into him tripping up a criminal trying to make a quick get away. However, I enjoyed the couple of twists and turns such as the car park scene where he is attacked, and I liked how this tied in with him getting his metal implants to keep his bones together which resulted in him being able to feel no pain/becoming closer to being a 'real' superhero. Red Mist is another good character, he is played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse (otherwise known as Mclovin'!) and is pretty loveable despite being a baddie.
The soundtrack is good, it's got a few really good tracks that get the tension building and I love the song in Hit Girl's fight scene. The script is pretty good too, but there is a few slightly cringe worthy lines that no one would actually say in real life. The CGI is brilliant, but the last scene involving a jet pack is incredibly tacky and quite obviously CGI'd - it's not the kind of realistic CGI and looks like its been done on the cheap, but apart from that I can't fault the film, the acting is pretty good as is the script (despite the few weak lines), the story is pretty believable considering what the film is about and things tie together and make sense rather than being confusing or random. Overall, I reccomend this film.
== About the film ==
Kick Ass is a superhero action/ comedy film that was released in 2010 and it was based on the comic book of the same name. The film was written, directed and produced by Matthew Vaughn, co produced by Brad Pitt (amongst others) and co written by Jane Goldman. Kick Ass has a rating of 15 due to sexual jokes, a mild scene of a sexual nature, brutal violence and gore, a lot of swearing and scenes containing drug use. The film has a run time of 117 minutes.
== Plot ==
Dave Lizewski is your average teenage boy. He isn't popular at school, only has a couple of friends and is an avid comic book fan who lives in New York. He has always wondered why no one has actually tried to become a real superhero themselves. Annoyed by the fact that no one tries to stop crime happening, Dave decides to try being a superhero himself even though he has no training or superpowers whatsoever. His first attempt at being the hero goes terribly wrong though. He ends up getting stabbed and part of a hit and run. At the hospital, Dave has permanent nerve damage and has to have several surgical implants to save his life. The result of this is that he is more resistant to pain and can take quite a kicking now.
Now that he can actually do something without having to run away, Dave manages to help out a guy being beat up by three men. Someone captures to footage and uploads it on the internet, making Dave, now known as Kick Ass, a star. Dave isn't the only superhero in town though. Father and daughter duo, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl are already on the crime fighting case. An old feud sees them tracking down a whole coke dealing crime ring ready to take out each and every one of them.
In a job going wrong, Dave ends up crossing paths with Big Daddy and Hit-Girl who take pity on him for being so useless. As everyone gets ready to clear New York of some major crime, a new superhero shows up, Red Mist who has plans of his own!
== Cast ==
Aaron Johnson - Dave Lizewski / Kick-Ass
Garrett M. Brown - Mr. Lizewski
Clark Duke - Marty
Evan Peters - Todd
Chloë Moretz - Hit-Girl
Nicolas Cage - Big Daddy
Deborah Twiss - Mrs. Zane
Lyndsy Fonseca - Katie Deauxma
Sophie Wu - Erika Cho
Elizabeth McGovern - Mrs. Lizewski
Christopher Mintz-Plasse - Chris D'Amico / Red Mist
== What I thought ==
There have been many comic book films over the past few years but never has one been done like this, not even close.
The acting in Kick Ass is utterly fantastic from all involved. Aaron Johnson stars as Dave/ Kick Ass and I loved him in the roll. As he is the underdog, the audience are able to connect with him and also sympathise with his situation. He isn't popular at school with either guys or girls and only really has two best friends, both who share his love of comics although they seem a lot more sensible than he is. Dave gets put into quite a few crazy situations on his journey to become a superhero and some of them are extremely funny, mainly because he has no idea what he is doing. As a character, Dave is extremely believable and this was one of the things I loved the most about him.
Nicholas Cage hasn't been doing so well with his choice of films over the past few (well, quite a few) years but I think this was finally a good decision for him. As Big Daddy, Cage breaks the mould of what a father should be like. This father teaches his young daughter how to shoot, how to take pain such as from being punched in the face and how to wield an assortment of weapons. If any other dad did this with his child, they would be locked up in seconds for sure! I really loved how creepy and crazy Big Daddy was and at the same time, he was a little bit sleazy too.
Along with Cage is Chloë Moretz playing his daughter, Hit-Girl. For me, she was the stand out performance of the film mainly due to how young she is. The thing about Hit-Girl is that she doesn't realise that there is anything wrong with what her and her father are doing. Yes, she knows she is helping to stop the bad guys but she doesn't seem to think that killing people is bad. In fact, she quite enjoys and thrives on the job that her dad has given her, maybe more so than he does. Mortez is clever, funny and extremely witty throughout the film and I can only applaud her for putting in such an amazing performance.
The language used in this film caused quite a stir because of the age of the actress saying the words. Yes, the language is pretty out there and wrong for a girl of Chloë Moretz's age to be saying. However, I read in an interview that she knew the difference between acting out these words and saying them in her normal, every day life. I thought it was funny that in interviews, Mortez wouldn't actually say the word Ass (as in the title of the film) and she stated many times that she would end up grounded for a very long time if she spoke like Hit-Girl. I have no problem at all with the language used in the film, even by Mortez because after all, it is only a film. I do think it's quite strange that all these people complained about the language but did they not have a problem with a little girl killing and torturing grown men? Surely that has got to be worse than a few swear words.
While this is an action film, it is also very much a comedy and the mix was great. How could a film with a 12 year old girl superhero not be a comedy? Yes, some of the gags were pretty obvious as they surround pop culture, social networking and superhero cliches but I still found myself laughing at many moments. One of the biggest laughs for me was Kick Ass's costume. What kind of superhero buys something resembling a wet suit that has holes for some crazy sticks in the back. It wasn't the best costume in the film by far but more funny because of how basic and cheap it was.
The action was also really good. There is a lot of fighting in this film and the fight sequences were extremely well choreographed. Some of these scenes had me on the edge of my seat waiting for what would happen next and what kind of crazy weapons were going to be used. I think this part of the film was so creative and exciting because so many different items and fighting styles were used. I was amazed at just how much was being done in such a short space of time. At the same time as the action, some of the ways in which people are killed/ die was also creative albeit kind of gross and sick at some points.
I put off watching this film for quite some time but I really wish I hadn't. It was thoroughly entertaining and although not typical for the genre, it is now one of my favourite superhero films. I do love people that try to break out of the normal conventions of a genre and do something completely unique.
Kick-Ass starts with a wonderful premise. We all love superhero comic books and films, so why hasn't anyone ever tried to be a superhero, a crime fighting vigilante sweeping the dirt from the streets of the world?
This is the question posed by Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) an Average teenager who decides it is time to stand up for himself after some terrible bullying puts him in a real state. Watching people shut their curtains or walk away makes him realise that sometimes the power to shout or protect others is as much about wanting to as actually having any specific powers.
So in this age of the internet, he buys a funky green diving costume online, customises it slightly and becomes Kick-Ass, a superhero with a very specific skill, the ability to get his ass kicked!!
Initially he patrols the streets and is caught on mobile phone protecting a guy taking a beating, whilst he doesn't hurt the villains, his actions of protecting the guy make him an instant worldwide youtube celebrity in this age of instant celebrity and merchandising is brought out in his honour.
As with all good superheroes, Dave can't tell anyone he is Kick Ass, as he realises that he needs to do more to help others, he takes an atrocious beating but is rescued by two superheroes who are happy to stay out of the limelight, Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), a father and daughter who have been fighting crime...successfully for a long time without credit or desire for publicity, they offer their help if Kick Ass experiences problems in the future.
Herein lies the problem for Dave/Kick-Ass, his publicity gives him confidence in himself and from this his real life improves, however he realises that his superhero persona is useless and out of his depth, but with a villain Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong) and his own superhero son on Kick Ass' tail, the blurred line between reality and superhero-dom forces him to confront his own fears and strengths and realise some truths about himself.
Aaron Johnson... Dave Lizewski / Kick-Ass
Garrett M. Brown... Mr. Lizewski
Clark Duke... Marty
Evan Peters... Todd
Dexter Fletcher ... Cody
Chloe Moretz ... Mindy Macready / Hit-Girl
Nicolas Cage ... Damon Macready / Big Daddy
Russell Bentley ... Medic
Jason Flemyng ... Lobby Goon
Tamer Hassan ... Matthew
Deborah Twiss... Mrs. Zane
Lyndsy Fonseca... Katie Deauxma
Sophie Wu... Erika Cho
Elizabeth McGovern... Mrs. Lizewski
Christopher Mintz-Plasse... Chris D'Amico / Red Mist
Stu 'Large' Riley... Huge Goon
Johnny Hopkins... 1st Gang Kid
Ohene Cornelius... 2nd Gang Kid
Mark Strong... Frank D'Amico
Michael Rispoli... Big Joe
Corey Johnson... Sporty Goon
A pretty great cast in truth, at times you do wonder about Mark Strong's accent, as a Brit playing an American villain, but for the most part, he is sinister enough that you don't mind, Aaron Johnson is another Brit playing and American and he does a fantastic job as the shy, sensitive teen who wants to make a difference, both as Dave and as Kick Ass he shows vulnerability allied with a teenager's take on life. He is the foil to some excellent performances by others.
Nicholas Cage and Chloe Moretz steal the show as Big Daddy and Hit Girl, Cage is a real tough parent but you discover why in a beautifully told comic book montage, and he really draws emotion from the audience in his later scenes. As Big Daddy he has a blast putting on his best Adam West voice and hamming it up to perfection, just as anyone wanting to be a superhero would, he throws himself into the part fully. Chloe Mortiz as Hit Girl is inspired, a pint sized super-heroine who would kick the ass of Nikita or Lara Croft, with a fine line in expletives and an exceptionally mature understanding of how to use Knives and Guns, Hit Girl is a censors worst nightmare, but the moment my wife actually cheered when the girl took out some goons made me realise how well her character had affected the audience, angelic when speaking with her father, a nightmare when speaking with anyone else, she is the epitome of revenge being a dish best served cold and with Kick Ass holds the real key to what this story is about.
Clark Duke is very funny, playing the same sardonic sidekick he does in every other film he has ever been in.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse is fine as Red Mist, but he doesn't add much to the story and feels like a comedic after-thought for most of the time, there is a strong supporting cast including many of the Director (Matthew Vaughan's) favourite Brits, including Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher and Tamer Hussain.
I really enjoyed this, following on from Layer Cake, this is an equally violent film, but the soundtrack and visuals translate perfectly from the comic-book, as real as the scenario is, it is clearly fantasy and the director doesn't make any bones about this, he makes the film colourful, enjoyable for teenagers and adults and has a fine mix of visuals, scripting and excellent set-pieces. The start of the film on its own is exceptionally well thought out and sets the tone for the entire picture. Congrats also go to Jane Goldman (Mrs Jonathan Ross) for an excellent script.
I had heard good things about this film, I liked the Director, had heard a lot about Aaron Johnson in Nowhere Boy and had enjoyed Wanted another film from one of his comic books. I really wanted to like this and wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed the premise, I love superhero films and comics and as a kid probably imagined being Spiderman or Batman, but it didn't really hit me how nobody has ever really tried it, especially in this age of Youtube and instant celebrity. This part in particular was very good, because a man dressed as a hero being beaten but protecting and innocent would get worldwide viewings if shot on a mobile phone and the way instant media works would create a huge buzz, the story segues perfectly from this into the main theme of the tale.
I liked the Kick Ass character, his ideals were spot on, his attempts to get the girl matched the usual superhero form, but with a few teenage hormones thrown into the mix for good measure, whilst his attempts at justice are clumsy and more realistic than most films.
The dynamic between Hit Girl and Big Daddy is exceptional, the retelling of their tale is one of the highlights of the story, after which you will them on to kill every baddy they meet and the emphasis of the story changes slightly. The villains are nasty, the violence is gory, but comic book and the music is excellent, the use of the Banana Splits to a scene of excruciating violence summed the film up for me.
I liked the comparison between the cold justice of Hit Girl, trained to kill as a means of revenge and the clumsy desire to make a difference of Kick Ass, two sides of the same coin but oh so different.
The film flows to an enjoyable, if predictable outcome and I didn't want it to end which is surely a really positive thing. The film is colourful, funny, has charm and personality and involves the audience.
One warning, the violence is gory and the language is exceptionally graphic, take it with a pinch of salt and don't let the kids watch it.
Interesting snippets about the film:
I liked the fact that Nicholas Cage's character questions his daughter about the films of John Woo (Cage's director in Face Off)
Matthew Vaughan independently found the money to make the film as every studio originally turned him down (Doh!)
Jesus, guys, doesn't it bug you? Like thousand of people wanna be Paris Hilton and nobody wants to be Spiderman.
We got a copy through Amazon for £5.93, we had waited for the price to drop and this is a more than reasonable price for a fairly recent, very good film, we will definitely watch it again and again.
* It's On! The Comic Book Origin Of Kick-Ass - A series of features on how the film translated from the original comic book series, this is interesting and shows how the got much of the story, the characters and the colour spot on.
* Matthew Vaughn Audio Commentary - Good fun, as Vaughan is clearly hungover and admits as much, which just makes this more frank and honest than many commentaries which can become slightly pretentious.
* The Art Of Kick-Ass - Excellent featurette on the visuals of the film and comic book
* Marketing Archive - I haven't watched this unfortunately to comment.
Dave Lizewski is a normal high school student, he does not really fit into any of the groups at school and only really has two good friends. He loves comic books and superheroes and wonders why no normal person has ever tried to be one. He takes it upon himself to try and become a regular superhero.
Kick Ass is born and soon Dave is taking to the street to fight crime. Unfortunately things do not go well and he gets a good kicking resulting in him going to hospital and having several metal plates inserted into his body. After he has recovered he is not disheartened and soon goes back onto the street and becomes in internet success when he help a man who is being beaten by gang members.
When Kick Ass is doing another job who is in danger and gets saved by a young girl called, Hit Girl, he soon discovers that he is not the only superhero in town and he is invited to help Big Daddy and Hit Girl.
Just how far can Kick Ass go before being revealed and will he become the superhero he has always dreamed of?
I have been wanting to see this film for quite some time now as the trailers made it look really good, I am pleased to be able to say that it did not disappoint me at all and both me and hubby really enjoyed it from start to finish. The storyline was good and it did seem quite original with the fact that we had a normal boy who was not bitten by a spider of radioactive waves to make him have special powers and he had to train to become good at what he did. The acting was another great part of the film.
The lead role of Kick Ass / Dave was played by Aaron Johnson and he for me was an excellent choice. He looked geeky and not the normal choice of a superhero and I think this helped to make the storyline slightly more believable. He delivered all of his lines with ease and seemed to genuinely believe in what he was saying. I enjoyed the normal side of his life which we got to see, where he was struggling with the girls and this did bring some normality to the storyline. He worked well with the props and stunts he had to do and he made them look fun and quite cool. We had another good superhero Hit girl, she was played by Chloe Mortez. I thought she did a fantastic job and for me was the real star of the film. She looked like a normal sweet girl when not in costume and when she was in costume it really did suit her and she seemed very natural playing this hard hitting side. She too delivered all of her lines with ease and they were natural, she did seem a little to cocky when working with the weapons but this just showed how she had been raised and bought up by her father Big Daddy. Nicholas Cage played the role of
Big Daddy and he too played a good role. I thought he was tough on his daughter at times but we got to understand a little more about his background as the story moved on and this helped me to understand why he was like he was.
We did have some good support roles in the film and actors included, Clark Duke, Evan Peters, Mark Strong and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, he played the role of Red Mist and he did bring a lot of humour to the film.
The film is a comedy and for me it was quite mixed, we did have some very ibvio0s laughs and they did make both me and hubby laugh out loud but a lot of it was small things which happened and they were good but not overly obvious. You really do need to watch this film and know it is a sort of Mickey take and not a serious film and then you will find the whole thing quite funny and enjoyable to watch. Despite this being a comedy there is a lot of violence in it and so it is not a film I will be letting my boys watch despite there love of superhero movies. We do have a lot of action and fighting and it was all produce to a high standard and fitted very well into the story and funny element. The weapons which were used all looked good and all the people working with them seemed at ease and to know what they were doing with them. Even the young actors worked well and seemed at ease shooting at people.
The music was all modern and fitted into the film very well, it helped to add to the drama and tension of the film, it is not a soundtrack I would go out and buy separately but it worked well on this film. The costumes were all very good and the normal clothes did not require much thought at all. The superhero costumes were excellent and really fun, the way some of them were based on the big superheroes worked well and added to the humour side of the story.
The DVD does have some bonus features and they include:-
Feature commentary with Director Matthew Vaughn
It's on: The comic book origin of Kick Ass Featurettes.
I am not a fan of bonus features so I have not watched these and therefore unable to make comment on how good or not they are.
We bought the DVD for just under £7 from Amazon which I felt was a good price, I would not be prepared to pay a higher price for it. The running time is 1hour and 53 minutes and the rate is a 15. I fully agree with the rate as there is a lot of violence in the film.
I am pleased to be giving this film a good solid 4 stars, the story was good and so too was the acting. I have dropped one star as there could have been a little more obvious laughs for us but don't get me wrong it is still a funny and enjoyable film which is well worth a watch.
Kick Ass was one of those films which I had to convince my boyfriend it would be 'ok' to watch he was convinced it was going to be some rubbish kids style film about super heroes which he does not like whilst I was more convinced it would be a more adult film. Turns out I was right and he quite enjoyed it and found it 'way more violent' than he was expecting it to be a bonus for him :)
The film itself was released in March of this year (2010) and is classed as a superhero action-comedy which is based on the Kick Ass comic book which some people maybe aware of I was not before watching it. The original comic book is by Mark Milar and John Romita for those of you who are into your comic books. The film is directed by Matthew Vaughn.
The story is about boy called Dave who lives in nighbourhood where crime and violence is on the rise and everyone turns a blind eye preferring not to get involved in what is happening on there door step. Dave however feels that this is wrong and so orders himself a superhero costume from the internet nd sets bout taking on these criminals causing trouble. Problem is Dave is just a regular lad who does not have super powers and his first attempt at crime fighting ends in him getting seriously injured and having his body rebuilt with metal plates the upside of this attack is now Dave can hardly feel any pain.
As the story progresses Dave ends up in a situation where he needs to be saved himself enter Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his daughter Hit-Girl who are in there own rights surperheroes but these to are way more trained in the art of fighting and weponary than Kick Ass could ever be. Big Daddy is a former police office who has been set up previously has a vendetta against drug lord Frank D'Amico he has trained his 11 year old daughter to kick ass herself and she is a crime fighter who takes the biggest of criminals by suprise.
Along the way there is the inevitable love story of the girl Dave likes not liking him them liking him as a friend and of course fancying kick ass.
I really enjoyed this film the storyline is different to other superhero based films I have ever seen the main difference being this one is more like what would really happen if someone put on lycra and went on a crime stopping spree. The story was easy to follow with some comical bits which made me laugh out loud. Some of the scenes with Hit-Girl you may find a little to much because of her age and the level of violence but that said its probably no worse then other films I have seen with young actors in which could be classed as in apprpriate. The film is run in a comic book style with little captions popping up now and then to tell you where you are at and also Kick Ass narates some of the scenes as well but it all adds to the films quality. Kick Ass is 117 minutes of Superhero fun which is just the right amount time and at no point during the film was I bored in anyway. Kick Ass is classified as a 15 which I think is appropriate for the film it does have scenes of violence but it is no more violent than video games kids play today and the majority of the violence aimed at the 'bad guys'.
I give Kick Ass 5 stars I really enjoyed it and it ended with me wanting more and it was left open for Kick Ass 2 so fingers crossed. Kick Ass can be purchased for around £5 which is a good price for an enjoyable film.
OK, I adore this film!
I stumbled across it on Lovefilm and thought, "meh, this looks kinda fun" So I took a chance on a film I had only heard mumblings about prior, well oh my ggoodness it was incredibly funny and pretty smart.
OK so the whole concept of a "real superhero" who hasn't dreamt of being super while watching superman, or the X'Men...? lol
There are occasional subtleties that only a Action/comic fan would spot and I am sure soe elements of this film might go above the heads of many but in essence it is possibly a must see or at least I would love to see it again!
It is rated a 15 and to be honest I would say this is about right, there is a fair bit of violence and swearing throughout the film, with bloodshed pretty much as it might appear in reality to a certain extent! Watch out batman, kick ass is on the way! lol
Great fun action film a must see in my book.
Mark Miller, the creator of Kick-Ass, recently revealed on radio that he didn't actually draw the cartoon characters in his graphic comic books and on the films storyboards. He apparently franchises that part of the exercise out to an American illustrator, Miller just doing the 'kapows' and' 'Zap's, that pithy speech bubble script his talent. Obviously most of you guys knew that but it surprised me. And I don't want to get into the argument over tracers and illustrators either!
Kickass, a superhero with no apparent powers or abilities, is a great idea though and presumably why the big studios want to make movies about his characters and ideas, this one a comic book story more in the Japanese Manga style. The geeky put upon teens love this stuff and most comic book and graphic novel narratives are based on the writers own insecurities and the need to live a superhero's life vicariously through their written fantasy, a confession Miller makes in the audio commentary here. He giggles when he recalls when he and his friends tried to be superhero's and had their own training programs and hero names, but never actually got to the stage of crime fighting.
The film gained notoriety for a certain swear word coming out of a ten-year-old girls potty mouth, little Chloe Moretz doing the delicious deed of delivering a rare preteen 'C' word on screen. This most taboo of words in film earned Kick-Ass a bump from 12a certificate to 15 in cinemas across the nation, costing it big bucks by losing the family audience, but director Mathew Vaughan and Miller refusing the 'C' word cut as it was clearly put in to get publicity for the film (although the liberal French gave it a PG). The script was co-written by Jane Goldman, wife to huge comic book fan Jonathan Ross, he himself writing a comic book of his own this year and the film due, and it was his misses who suggested the swear word tactic. Not surprisingly Ross didn't half big up the film on his final series of Film 2010 and followed it up by giving Claudia Winkleman his old job, she also big mates with Vaughan and Goldman. It's interesting to note that the films copyright was sold to Universal before the comic book was even written and created and it was Brad Pitt of all people who came in with the clout and funding to get the big Universal budget it needed to be the film the guys wanted. Films like this only often get so far because of those connections and that type of nepotism. But it's done $90 million from a $30 million budget to date and so fair play.
Aaron Johnson ... Dave Lizewski / Kick-Ass
Chloe Moretz ... Mindy Macready / Hit-Girl (as Chloë Grace Moretz)
Nicolas Cage ... Damon Macready / Big Daddy
Clark Duke ... Marty
Evan Peters ... Todd
Sophie Wu ... Erika Cho
Deborah Twiss ... Mrs. Zane
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Katie Deauxma
Garrett M. Brown ... Mr. Lizewski
Elizabeth McGovern ... Mrs. Lizewski
Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Chris D'Amico / Red Mist
Mark Strong ... Frank D'Amico
Michael Rispoli ... Big Joe
Geeky high school kid Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) lives alone with his dad, a very average student who dreams of being a superhero so to get the girl, the girl in question being school hottie Katie Deauxma (Lyndsy Fonseca).
Deciding to live out his fantasy after yet again being mugged with his friends he is soon practicing martial arts in his bedroom and making his own green costume with hood and mask, 'Kick-Ass' his superhero alter ego, looking more like a Ninja Turtle than the Green Hornet.
When he road tests his fantasy he not surprisingly get his head kicked in by some thugs, and then far worse, resulting in you tube infamy after being filmed in the process of getting that kicking, an action that builds a sympathetic online and local news following, Kick-Ass getting his ass kicked. Licking his wounds he decides to carry on with his quest, his injuries, rather ironically, giving him more protection against the next lot of villains likely to beat him up.
After a rather ambitious attempt to take down a fully armed drug cartel he is rescued by genuine superheroes in father and daughter team 'Hit-Girl' (Chloe Moretz) and 'Big Daddy' (Nicholas Cage). Hit Girl kicks serious ass and although impressed with Kick-Ass bravery they don't think he will make the grade, but leave him them their calling card anyway in case he needs guidance. It's not a great start to crime fighting if you are bailed out by a 10-year-old girl.
The Villain of the piece is mob boss Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong beginning to corner the role), who gets the impression Kick-Ass is trying to take down his organisation, unaware of the budding superheroes general incompetence. But never-the-less he puts the contract out on Kick Ass and that means more work for Big Daddy and Hit-girl, who also have bad blood with Frank D'Amico. But Frank is not willing to put himself in the firing line and quickly succumbs to an idea from his gormless son Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse from Superbad fame) to reel in Kick-Ass.
Although quite perverse in places, clearly the films main attraction, it's like no other graphic comic book I have seen, maybe setting a trend for what's to come in the genre. Seeing a small girl with pink hair Samaria a grown man in two to the theme tune of the Banana Splits would leave the devil himself open mouthed. I did chuckle at that scene.
Whereas the dreadful Daredevil movie with Ben Affleck (it was so bad it didn't even earn a sequel!) played it serious around a man who wants to be a superhero but has no discernable powers, this plays it with 18-year-old certificate humour from the first 12a kapow. Mixing the absurd with comic book characters is almost sacrilegious to the comic book community but I'm sure they loved this.
We saw how well 'V for Vengeance worked' with a British twist on the graphic novel and Vaughn and Miller have certainly delivered something different here. Nick Cage is his usual angsty self and only on board to boost the grosses -as to be expected-whereas little Chloe Moretz is brilliantly and really does kick butt as Hit Girl. The Soundtrack is good and the action adult and graphic yet immature tongue-in-cheek like you would expect in the more camp Marvel and DC superhero's, where some tongues actually end up in the film. But, of course, it will forever be known for that performance by the young actress and the line: "Okay you c*nts, let's see what you can do now!" All I can say is you c**ts have made a cult film and up there with Sin City for violent cool humour.
Although Miller doesn't seem to want to admit it he has pinched a little bit from classic Japanese films like Deathnote and Itchi the Killer, he has created something original and sharp as the samurai sword hit Girl enjoys swining so much. I suppose it is violent for the sake of it but the cheeky gruesome humour rescues it from any pretensions and certainly shows fading 'enfant terribe' Quentin Tarrrantino how you should dice and slice up thirty villains. I like it for its boldness and genre flipping and the more risks they take with filmaking the better, if you ask me. One thing is certain and its called the sequel, which I will be watching.
Imdb.com - 8.1/10.0 (85,532 votes)
Rottentomatos.com - 75% approval rate
Metacrictic.com - 66% approval rate
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Mathew Vaughn talks about his movie. He is quite cagey throughout.
-Its on: The comic book origins of kick-Ass-
Miller and Vaughn and the cast and crew talk about talk about the comic book and how the characters relate to Miller and how the film came about..
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This follows the nerdy,comic book loving Dave Lizewski in his quest to become a superhero and rid the streets of crime. The film veers between dark comedy and just plain daftness but it is enjoyable all the same. In parallel Nicholas Cage, another bespactacled unlikely type, is on a mission to avenge his wife's killers with help from his scene stealing tiny daughter, Hit Girl.
Dave is tired of his anonymity, more nerd than geek, as he professes to not being particularly clever.
His transformation is driven by twin motives. One is in order to reverse the unrequited love he has for fellow student Katy. The other is to star as a community vigilante which is sparked by his frustration with the way people turn a blind eye to crime. This manifests itself in a car lot where he and his school pals are robbed by two hoods with no resistance. Dave sees a man from a window above witness the verbal mugging but is disdained to see him close the curtains and ,with it, any likely intervention.
You just know that things will not run smoothly as Dave has no training or special powers to fulfil the role of superhero. He orders a ludicrous looking green skin suit that makes him resemble a shell-free Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Armed with two back-stashed batons he plots his Travis Bickle-like assault on society's ills.
His first mission sees him chance upon his two muggers breaking into a car in the same lot. We are given the dramatic entrance of Kick Ass the vigilante. At first the hoods are gobsmacked before unravelling into fits of laughter. The first mission does not end well as our hero is patched up with metal plates but this only serves to galvanize him further, in both senses of the word.
Meanwhile in a separate scene we see the other two main players in the film Big Daddy and Hit Girl, in a sequence that would have had Mary Whitehouse in palpitating fury! As an ex-cop Big Daddy is quite the expert on guns and ballistics and demonstrates this on his tweenie daughter. He repeatedly shoots her in the chest from a safe distance with a calculated calibre. The girl sees this bizarre initiation as a tedious preamble for a visit to the ice cream parlour. Apperently there was some furore over some scenes in this film in the States, and admittedly some later passages with gun-toting minors must sit uneasily with the censorious, especially in the wake of Columbine et al.This particular bizarre scene borders on Tarantino and Naked Gun territory.
Obviously oblivious to his double life Katy has grown fond of Dave and asks him out for a coffee. However, much to the mirth of his sniggering pals Marty and Todd, he discovers that she thinks he is gay and would like him as her BFF. Unperturbed, his desire for her is such that he is willing to play up to her wrongful assumption. At least he has her close.
It is when Katy wishes that a certain person would stop bothering her that Dave takes note and makes it his mission to warn off their unwanted attentions. This confrontation at a seedy, debauched apartment sees him tangle with members of a drug gang and it is here that he is spared certain death by Miss Hit on a timely parallel mission. The fight sequences are at once riveting, gory and hilarious. Thus a superhero alliance is formed although Kick Ass seems out of his depth in comparison to the pocket dynamite that is Hit Girl, who almost single-handedly takes out the entire crew.
Gang leader Frank D'Amico (played with convincing aplomb by Brit Mark Strong) is gobsmacked by his dwindling gang members and puts a price on Kick Ass's head. After some dead end attempts to collar him, including the murder of a Kick Ass impersonator, he uses his own sickly son as bait for the green superhero. D'Amico Jnr takes on the mantle of Red Mist complete with customised scarlet heromobile. The bizarre sight of them reminded me of of Del boy and Rodney in the seminal Batman and Robin episode.
Anything that could happen in the film does happen! The ensuing events do not totally lead to a happy ending and indeed things are left open for a possible sequel.
Although very tongue in cheek the film is entertaining. There is occasional subtle humour but it is generally of the sledgehammer variety. The film is so daft that I didn't really find myself having that much affection for the characters as they are daubed with such bold and basic brushstrokes. For instance, Dave's relationship with his father is not really explored as much as maybe it could have been. His school pals are also trite,annoying and not particularly well drawn. I suppose this may be a device to portray Dave's courage in contrast to their cowardice. More than likely, however, is that the director didn't give two hoots about characterisation.
At the end when Kick Ass and Hit Girl ascend on a jet pack I commented that it looked unrealistic, a bit like Cary Grant driving against a cardboard backdrop in North by North West. My wife put me straight when she quipped 'The whole thing is unrealistic!' Point taken... I'll get my coat.
You could draw a host of comparisons with Spiderman, Scarface and Police Academy but it is not really a film that lends itself to over-analysis.The humour is facile and more obvious than an elephant in your kitchen. But having said that it is none the worse for this provided you are in the mood. After spending a miserable few hours watching The Ghost and then Eastenders it was just the antidote I needed!
Certificate and advisory
'Contains strong language and sex and hard drug use'. (Please be warned that this is the official description, unbelievably it omits to mention violence of which there is plenty.)
1 hour 53 minutes
Aaron Johnson * Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass
Garrett M. Brown * Mr Lizewski
Clark Duke * Marty
Evan Peters * Todd
Lyndsy Fonseca * Katie Deauxma
Christopher Mintz-Plasse * Chris D'Amico/Red Mist
Mark Strong * Frank D'Amico
Chloe Moretz * Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl
Nicholas Cage * Damon Macready/Big Daddy
Why is it that only people who have been bitten or transformed in someway can become Super Hero's, that is the question teenager Dave Lizewski constantly asks himself. One day though he gets fed up of asking the question and with his extensive knowledge of comic books designs himself an outfit and decides to become the first superhero without powers. Following a couple of rather silly and altogether fruitless attempts to stop crimes the name of Kick Ass begins to spread and suddenly Dave finds himself joined by Big Daddy, Hit Girl and Red Mist all determined to help him in his quest to reduce crime. The team start to tackle drug dealers, vandals and crooks but it's only a matter of time before someone decides to put a stop to it.
Given my past experience and subsequent disappointment with comic books being turned into movies I wasn't particularly sure I'd enjoy Kick Ass. That was despite the fact it had Nicholas Cage in a starring role and was even being directed by the man behind Layer Cake, Matthew Vaughn. Of course this is something on a rarity with comic book movies as it is based on a comic that only started in 2008 and for that reason I hadn't really been sure if it was a genuine superhero movie/comic book conversion till after I'd seen it. I have to admit that I was hugely relived after watching the film that it didn't fit into any of my preconceived worries about the style of the film.
It will of course have helped having Matthew Vaughn in the director's chair. Ever since his directorial debut with the excellent Layer Cake I have been keen to see more from him and with Kick Ass marking his third stint behind the lens it provides hope that their will be more to come. He does a fantastic job with this movie and in particular some of the special effects work very well. One of the funniest and perhaps best scenes in the movie is a sword fighting scene between two lead characters and the combination of angles and effects make it incredibly enjoyable and help to increase the comical value of the movie.
As far as comic book to film conversions go I have to say this is one of the best. Of course it probably helps that the Kick Ass comic isn't a classic like all the others and before this film didn't have the mass public appeal that I'm sure it enjoys now. It gives the freedom for the writers and the director to develop the plot and back-story and promote the comic book to the masses instead of having to live up to the expectation of people who had been reading the comic for a certain amount of time. The end result is a movie that brings a fresh take on the traditional story, mixing some very well thought out and executed action sequences with some funny and at times innovative comedy.
Whilst the plot and direction make a huge contribution to the film I think the casting is perhaps what really sets it apart from a lot of other movies. With Aaron Johnson in the lead role of Dave Lizewski it is almost like they have found an actor born to play the part. He has the perfect look and body shape for the part and as the character develops the more he seems like he was the perfect choice to play the lead role. He has very good comical timing and that helps him to play off the rest of the cast very well and really helps to keep the storyline progressing at a decent pace.
The casting on the whole suggests that a lot of time was spent in picking the right actors for the right roles and they all seem to fit perfectly. There are particularly good performances from the likes of Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Mark Strong as the father and son who never really seem to bond until Christopher's character starts to show an interest in the family business. IT was particularly difficult for me to decide who really was the star of the show but I think Nicholas Cage just edged it. He seems to have captured the character of Big Daddy perfectly and although at times unwittingly produces some of the films funniest moments.
Overall I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Kick Ass. I have in the past found very few superhero movies that I've really enjoyed but I think it is fair to say that I would now class Kick Ass in this group. It has a good mixture of funny moments with well-shot and choreographed action sequences that create the ideal combination for an amusing superhero flick. It certainly seemed to help that this wasn't a famous comic book franchise and I think it would appeal to fans of comic book hero's and to those that are not.
KICK ASS is an action movie directed by Matthew Vaughn and comes from the comic written by Mark Millar.
In the movie Aaron Johnson plays Dave Lizewski who likes comics and can't understand why more people don'tpretend to be superheroes. So Dave puts on a mask and calls himself kick-ass even though he has no special powers. Though he becomes an internet hit when he is seen on youtube helping someone. He becomes a overnight hero though can't understand why. When fellow superheroes Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and his daughter Hit Girl ( Chloe Grace Moretz) help him along kick ass becomes more confident. However, this backfires when he becomes involved in their superhero rivalries with Frank D'Amico played by Mark Strong and the new superheroes needs to gel quickly together.
This is just a fun film that doesn't do anything too special. It's well written bu Johnathon Ross's wife Jane Goldman and is full of laughs particularly Christopher Mintz-Plasses' character Red Mist whose a nerdy superhero getting everything wrong. There are plenty of gags and while seeing a little girl constantly swearing culd be seen as offensive, I thought it was hillarious. All the actors excel with Johnson proving to be a good lead and Cage better than normal.
The action is aided by some nice special effects that up the tempo of the movie. There is a good soundtrack that provides energy. The camera work is steady and takes you right into the battles. The costumes are fantastic and basic superhero attire which emphasises there superhero beginners. The film could have done with a little more emotion and backstory to the lead characters. I also thought Strong wasn't auite convincing as a bad guy.
A making of and deleted scenes are just some of the extras. The film lasts nearly two hours and has a 15 viewing certificate avaliable from AMAZON at £9.99. I recommend this film to teenagers and young adults as it's just plain fun.
From the opening sequence, where a would-be superhero throws himself off a building, to the high-octane finale, Kick Ass is a hilarious thrilling superhero film to offset the recent gloom of films such as The Dark Knight, or the over the top cabaret of Spiderman 3. Placing its tongue firmly in its cheek, this film mixes its superhero battles with an incredible sense of irony and a script that allows its potential teenage audience to relate to the teenagers on screen.
Based upon the 1999 series of comics, this film introduces us to Dave Lizewski, a geeky teenager who poses himself as the superhero Kick-ass. Instantly decking himself out in a ridiculously Halloween-esque costume, he becomes a youtube phenomenon overnight, although it isn't without its various accidents and misunderstandings. Previously ignored by his popular school peers, he finds himself getting friendly with Katie, who he always had a crush on. However, he doesn't quite realise why she is becoming friends with him.
As Dave's alter-ego becomes more and more famous, he soon finds himself at loggerheads with a controlling gangster, whose wimpy son is keen to get in on the superhero act. Unbeknown to both of them, the real deal is on the prowl in the form of Big Daddy and his smart mouthed daughter Hit Girl. Big Daddy is a former disgraced cop, who is hellbent on revenge due to his own incarceration. He has trained his daughter to be an armed expert, and together they overthrow druglords and line their own pockets, to sometimes hilarious effect.
What sets Kick-Ass aside from other superhero films is its knowing sense of humour. It plays havoc with the conventions of the superhero format, whilst still managing to remain colourful, authentic and brilliantly directed. Kick-Ass is an extremely likeable character, falling flat on his face often, before finally coming into his own. We are never expected to believe that he acquires special powers, only that he is resourceful and uses that to defeat his nemesis.
Just because the film refuses to take itself seriously, and has a great sense of humour, doesn't mean the action isn't deftly handled. The violence is often brutal and beautifully directed, and even the younger cast ably handle themselves in the fight scene's. There's not much requirement for depth, although Chloe Grace Moretz gets some decent emotional material to get her teeth into late on in the film.
Nicholas Cage plays himself as always, although he is quite a likeable guy, so no complaints really. Aaron Johnson continues to show promise int he lead role, possibly getting the most out of his part as the wide eyed dreamer. Mark Strong is probably one of the more established cast member's, and I found his performance to be a treat, considering his is one of the less colourful character's in the film. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is suitably irritating, and Lyndsy Fonseca provides the eye candy to the teenage audience.
If you have any interest in British gangsta flicks, you'll no doubt have heard of Matthew Vaughan. He had some production work with Guy Ritchie on projects such as Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrells, and Snatch. However, subsequently he has cut his own teeth on such films as Layer Cake and Stardust, and is responsible for next years X:Men sequel. It's no surprise then that Kick-Ass is ultimately very violent, very bloody and full of references to the criminal underworld. That it is done without losing sight of that, but still remaining hysterically funny, is a credit to all involved.
Based on the Mark Millar comic of the same name, Kick Ass fulfills every comic book lover's dream: becoming a superhero. We meet up with Aaron Johnson's bored character, Dave Lizewski, who is, by his own admission, a nothing kid. Not even a geek, he blends into the background and is never noticed. When he dons his own created superherp outfit to stop people being mugged or picked on, an accident leaves him with a very high threshold, and his quest for justice begins for real.
Really, I was expecting a bit of a tongue in cheek film that didn't really focus too much on being the usually powerful special effects laden superhero film, but more on the obsession we as general consumers have with comic books and their characters. The comedy was always going to be there, as was the violence, with Millar's dark comic book really being brought to the big screen, and what I got was a very watchable film indeed.
The plot revolves around Dave's new superhero character, whom he names Kick Ass, and his fight against the gang boss of the city, Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong). But really, it's the supporting cast who completely steal the show. Christopher Mintz-Plasse does well as mini villain Red Mist, albeit in a very funny and unscary supervillain type of way; but really the stars of the show are Nicolas Cage and Chloe Moretz as Big Daddy and Hit Girl. Jilted cop and his daughter, the pair of them are brilliant when in costume, with Cage's Batman like performance a spitting image turn as Adam West's Batman from the TV series, and the foul mouthed 12 year old Hit Girl really shocking.
The acting of these guys, as well as the sinister slow parts of the film and the intrinsic and exact firepower and flashback scene settings, really make this film. If it were to rely on plot alone, it would have been a bit weak, but then this type of film, with a sort of tongue in cheek black comedy included amongst all the violence, needs only a basic plot or things get too complicated, and so it worked. Take this comedy and the very good acting out of the equation and it would have failed, quite miserably, I imagine. Director Matthew Vaughn does a very good job of doing exactly what is needed from this film.
The connection of the characters is also well developed, and you can almost see Vaughn taking care to balance this just right on screen, to provide relevance and enjoyment without making the film too much about the characters' various plots, be it revenge or just the quest for justice. I liked the way the film was balanced, and am definitely looking forward to the sequel coming out at some point soon. I can't say Kick Ass is one of the best superhero movies I have seen: it's really not quite like that, to be honest, and you almost need to forget the superhero tag and look at it as a graphic novel adaptation with adults only violence and language. Don't be under any illusions that this will be an easy watch: I even felt like turning away at one point, and was wondering whether Moretz actually said the words her character comes out with, or whether some trickery had popped them in afterwards.
Either way, it's a highly enjoyable film that centres around the characters and moreso than the plot, in a way not too unlike Sin City did. Thoughtful and well written, Vaughn's penchant for a good action film shines through here, and I'd happily recommend watching this as long as you're prepared for the violence and swearing. Recommended.
At first i thought: Might turn out slightly humourous, average, fairly entertaining comedy. I had seen the trailer and it didn't show me anything amazing. When i actually went to see the film, it was funny, serious, entrapping and highly entertaining. A few top movie stars including newcomers to the hollywood industry made an excellent cast and they all work really well together. This is probably set for teenagers or students because it interacts with their thoughts as its boy meets girl, fancies girl situation. Then involves more youth roles in the film with another superhero. It also tackles the situation of bullying which most kids can relate to sometime in their lives. Typical superhero vs. supervillains/criminals roleplay but its played well and well directed.
I would recommend for anyone to watch tis, especially teenagers but it could also be great for a family film. It reminds me of the first spiderman, as they both realise they've turned into a superhero and begin to see their powers in the same kind of "awe-struck" way.
Definitely recommend it. 9/10...4/5 great option.
It is actually a great film, that really suprised me when i saw it.