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Its Kick Ass
Member Name: Julie449
Advantages: Explores many stories and relationships within an overall story
Disadvantages: Not quite what I was expecting, Nicolas Cage
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.
Summary: Kick Ass comic book to film