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This film definitely Kicks Ass!
Member Name: linzeelou
Advantages: Cast, action
Disadvantages: Nothing major
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
ChloŽ 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 ChloŽ 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 ChloŽ 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.
Summary: A great film