This film features the loveable dork type of character that seems to be very popular in today’s film world. Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a high school student who claims the only super power about him is his “ability to remain invisible to girls.” He spends his time hanging out with his best friends and getting bullied by others. One day he asks himself, why aren’t there any superheroes? No one actually needs super powers, Batman himself proved that, right? Unknowingly to his friends, Dave purchases a wet suit and dreams up an alter-ego for himself named “Kick-Ass.” He sets out in the city determined to fight crime. While he ends up getting knocked around quite a bit, Kick-Ass finds himself able to offer help to those in need. While out fighting one night, he ends up running into another tag team of superheroes in the city; a father-daughter duo going by Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and HitGirl. This utlimately leads to Dave’s being the target of some drug lord’s next hit job. An associate of these drug lords pretends to be a superhero as well going by the name of Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and befriends Kick-Ass but only trying to get him to fall into a trap. Can the powers of good win against the powers of evil?
When I first heard about this film, my expectations were quite low to be honest. It seemed to be yet another easy-to-forget comedy, but I thought I would check it out anyways. Kick-Ass ended up going completely against my expectations. There is some comedy, but none of it is “laugh out loud” quality. What surprised me was the well written plot line which is often lacking from most comedies these days. And from the first time when the characters of Kick-Ass, Big Daddy and HitGirl meet face to face, I realized this wasn’t meant to be a comedy at all. This was an actual superhero flick. Not only that, but I had no clue this film was based off of an actual comic book.
The violence and gore in this film are extreme, so it is not recommended for the weak stomached. The acting is nothing more than what you would expect to see in an action flick. This film is not going to be an instant classic by any means, nor will it bring in lots of money over the years. It is however entertaining and something that comic book fans may enjoy. If you watch this film, don’t bring in any pre-determined expectations.