One of the most anticipated movies coming out for the Spring of 2010. A satirical superhero movie starring a Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plaase, Chloe Moretz and Nicolas Cage. It had a great trailer, huge buzz, heavy advertising, and great early reviews. Unfortunately, it did not live up to its box office expectations. On the other hand, it definitely lived up to the quality expectations.
The film starts out with Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) a horny, nerdy, and depressed everyday high-schooler. Sick of his life in the shadows he decides to become a real life superhero. Along the way he meets a few real masked vigilantes Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) who are trying to take out a local drug lord Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong). Along he way Dave meets another costumed hero Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plaase) and is finally getting attention from the girl of his dreams, Katie (Lyndsy Fonseca).
My favorite aspect of Kick-Ass was the performances from the tag-team of Chloe Moretz and Nicolas Cage. In my opinion they both stole this movie with Cage’s ability to play incredibly quirky caricatures and Moretz bold performance balancing youth’s innocence with the mouth and mentality of a Jason Bourne like character. Another standout for me was Mark Strong’s great although one dimensional character of a drug lord who doesn’t really connect with his family.
Another strength of this film is the action scenes. These moments of the film are fast, furious,and over the top fun with alot of bloodshed. Most of these involve Hit-Girl who has been drawing alot of controversy for her character’s language and actions. If you look past the controversy you are in for a treat with fast paced blood spilling treat.
The only minor problem that I found with this movie was the somewhat formulaic plot. This film is a parody of superhero films but sometimes feels like it is trying to take itself too seriously. These parts of the film are few and far between so they don’t really detract from the experience. Another flaw that I found was that the special effects at some points seemed really mediocre even for a movie that costed sub- $30 million dollars to make. Like I said before this does not happen often and does not really affect the movie that much.
Overall, I thought this film was a fun, well-paced, action packed film that overshadows its minor flaws with lots of humor and heart. If you can stomach some of the intense violence in the movie it is definitely a must see.