Kick-Ass Movie Review
KICK-ASS: IT REALLY DOES
The movie Kick-Ass is a hilarious send up of comic book movies with a lot of dark humor. It is about a group of regular people who take it upon themselves to become superheroes. Its violent, witty, and in your face. Not to mention having a foul mouthed little girl.
Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a typical teenager who feels invisible. He has two equally invisible friends. Katie (Lyndsy Fonseca) is the girl he pines for. He is into comic books. One day he decides he wants to help people. And Kick-Ass is born. His first attempt at doing good lands him in the hospital. But his next try ends with drug dealers dead and his introduction to Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage). When the city's crime kingpin Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong) decides to take them down, they must unite to survive. Along with the possible help from another masked good guy, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).
Kick-Ass takes the superhero story and turns it on its head. It takes all stereotypes and throws them out the window. Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) literally gets his ass kicked more than once. And Hit Girl is an 11 year old girl with a major potty mouth and a talent for knives. It is dark humor at its best.
Aaron Johnson as Kick-Ass is sweet and an “aw-shucks” kind of guy. But he also likes to fantasize about his English teacher the only way a teenage boy knows how to. He is easy to root for. Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit Girl is great as the most unlikely one to handle herself the best. She makes her love for weapons and her daddy work along with a shocking vocabulary. And even Nicolas Cage (who, as of lately, hasn't made the best role choices) nails it as Big Daddy, the Batman costume wearing father who even does a hilarious inflection in his tone when he is in disguise. It will remind you of another actor who is a more serious Batman. T
he movie is set in New York City and there is no better place for these good guys. Dave's house even looks like its in the same neighborhood as Peter Parker's, aka Spiderman. But there are the requisite high rooftops, no name warehouses, and dark alleys for each confrontation.
Kick-Ass seriously gives its audience a whooping. It gives you an alternative to the feel good Spiderman, the complex Dark Knight, and the forgettable Superman. It doesn't try to replace them but carves out a niche for themselves in the comic book genre. And it means to stay.