Kick-Ass (Review)

Kick-Ass is about a cliché high school geek who is invisible to everyone in the teenage world, except his two best friends.  Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) is continuously bullied by school mates and strangers. He also lives in a rough neighborhood, so not only is he always bullied but he also notices that there are others in the same predicament as well; from robberies to gang jumpings. One day, Lizewski begins to wonder what it would be like to become a superhero and put a stop to crime and its wrongdoers. Lizewski goes to his friends with the idea, who immediately shoots it down because a superhero can’t be a superhero without super powers. Despite his friends notion, Lizewski orders his superhero suit and goes out preparing to protect the city. While strolling, he sees a gang chasing a man and watches as they begin to collectively beat him outside a restaurant full of people who just stand there and watch. Kick-Ass runs in to stop the fight. Although he too gets punched around a couple of times, he doesn’t give up on protecting the stranger, and he pushes forward using his amatuer fighting skills. Off to the side, someone is recording the event, so the gang leaves. The video is posted online, you tube, and gains a lot of attention. This is what really starts the birth and fame of Kick-Ass. Kick-Ass learns he is not the only average joe superhero when he runs into ex-detective, Damon Macready/Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his daughter, who is a high voltage fighter and guns-woman, Mindy Macready/Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz). Big Daddy and Hit Girl are on a mission to avenge the death of their wife/mother. Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong), crime lord, created the circumstances of her suicidal death, when he framed Big Daddy and had him sent to prison. With this trio on the prowl, crime-doers beware.


When I first saw the preview, I thought, “okay it looks like the type of movie to see when one is bored.” Wrong! This is the best movie of 2010. With leg-slapping comedy and non-stop kick-butt action, this film will keep you talking for a very long time. Everyone has thought about or wanted to be a superhero, or have wanted to have superpowers at one point in time. Dave Lizewski was such a hero in this film because he actually attempted this childhood fantasy with relentless perserverence. Even at times when he failed, he never gave up; which is a great everyday life lesson. To add hilarity to the comedy section, Chris D’Amico/Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is a great pair with Kick-Ass. In his clumsy attempt to take over his fathers’ crime business, Red Mist tries to trick Kick-Ass into believing that they are friends, in order to lure him to his father, who plans to make an example out of amatuer super heros.  Now! To the exciting part. When I saw the preview and noticed Hit-Girl, I thought, “okay why is she called Hit-Girl? She’s probably 10 years old and weighs about seventy pounds.” Wrong! This girl is incredible. With her fast-paced fighting, sword slaying,  and gun shooting skills, she catered to our guilty pleasures of viewing a child in the act of a vengeful, blood raged state of mind. What was shocking is that when she fights, she doesn’t leave any prisoners. She fights to kill! I love that the movie director didn’t play it safe because she is a child, and didn’t care that children shouldn’t do or can’t do the things she did in this film. One of my favorite scenes is when there’s a room full of armed men who are big and intimidating-looking, which is not a challenge for Hit-Girl. She flips and shoots one in the head, then she jumps and makes another guy shoot himself in the head, along with many other awesome tricks. Her father, Big Daddy, is incredible as well. His advanced fighting skills were extrodinary, as well as his bat-like suit to which I thought, “Batman who?” Kudos to Nicolas Cage. I became a huge fan of his from Face-Off, and with this role my admiration continues to grow. The special effects are amazing from the detailing of when someone is stabbed in the stomach, to when Hit-Girl gets numerous punches to the face from the crime lord Frank D’Amico. Each punch shows a fist imprint and leaves a bloody mark every time. This movie will leave you cheering from beginning to end. I am counting the days until Kick-Ass comes to DVD!

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