I was recommended this film from a good friend of mine. Firstly, I wasn’t really all interested in seeing this film, since I have a small impression on an assumption that most films of today are just bad. Repetitive, badly acted, bad story, unoriginal, you get the idea. Not only that, but films such as Transformers 2 are just two-and-a-half hours of CGI masturbation. This, however, was a fresh and interesting little take on the superhero concept and almost a small implosion in the graphic novel genre. Take all of the small teen-movie cliches, the humour from Ghostbusters, and then the influences of Spider-man and Kill Bill, and then you get this.Firstly, what became immediately apparent to me was the idea. ‘Out of all the millions and millions of superhero fans, why doesn’t ONE obsessed person try to be a vigilante?’. It is an extremely valid question! (More importantly, why wasn’t this idea thought about until the comic series in 2008?!) When most people play a video game, they want to play as strong and super-being as a diversion from reality; to feel empowered; to be someone you’re not. In terms of films, the same rules don’t exactly apply. Kick-Ass manages to question that notion and suggest what could actually happen in a realistic situation, and I liked that.Secondly, the profanity. When I saw Nicolas Cage shooting Chloe Moretz near the beginning, I felt that something wasn’t quite right about it. Then, later on, as Chloe then returns as Hit Girl to save Kick-Ass, it dared to push the boundaries of child exploitation as she labels the bad guys as ‘cunts’, and then completely slaughters the entire room of enemies (only to then be saved by her father, and corrected in her mistakes). Call it exploitation, taking advantage, unfair or whatever, I saw it like it was some obscure fetish. You enjoy it for yourself, but it feels wrong at the same time. A guilty pleasure. But I thought it was daring and cool. Especially with the punk rendition of the Banana Splits theme playing in the back.This then leads me on to the use of humour. I love black humour more than the next guy. This tended to shine through in most of the scenes with Chloe Moretz and Nicolas Cage, and most of the action sequences. I got an odd chuckle every so often with the dialogue, but it seemed uninspired in some scenes and not up for the task of accompanying the film. I suppose this made it more realistic and not like a cheesy Schwarzenegger action flick. Kind of like what an actual teen would have said in that situation. As for the teen-movie segments (high school, girls, geeks etc), it was basic and the same old story at the start. But as the film progressed, it managed to get a little more creative and merged the crack between the superhero lifestyle and the teen lifestyle in a fine way. It also had its fair share of pop-culture references, which were extremely hit-and-miss, and they attempted to break the fourth wall by saying “You should know now that because I’m monologuing over the top, I actually survive this scene. Don’t be such a smart-ass”. So the film wasn’t absolutely hilarious for me, but it did make me laugh in some bits, but hugely enjoyable none-the-less.I also hugely enjoyed the action scenes. I was expecting something a little mellow and standard (being that it was a 15 certificate), but it surprised me. They were entertaining, engaging, and violent and gory as hell. Like everything nowadays, it doesn’t rely on explosions and cheap deaths to get interest out of people. Other films like The Expendables, that had an all-star action cast, didn’t seem to tick with me. They had all that talent on screen and so much to work with, yet it was just so ‘okay’, I was kind of let down. The action scenes in The Expendables were entertaining, sure. But putting it into context, I really felt more entwined with the action in Kick-Ass, given the circumstances of the actors and storyline. It was more fun to watch. We know that Stallone and Statham kill people. That’s why they are famous. Of course it will be good. But Kick-Ass’s amateur action cast made it more engaging. I especially loved Hit Girl slicing a bodyguard’s leg off. That was funny.If I have to talk about what I disliked, I did feel a little bit confused about the character development, and how characters like Kick-Ass’s girlfriend and two best friends were just mediocre, cliche and dull. In some cases, there was more character in the extras in the background. For those who are the closest to the main character, they seemed very stereotypical and passable. Nothing interesting. That, and the trite ending. ‘The hero decides to call it a day, but the bad guys are interested to carry things on’. Sequel? Probably. They basically said ‘I WILL AVENGE YOU!’, as a closing line, but just a lot more subtle.Overall, the acting wasn’t bad, it can be humourous, the action scenes were great (given the circumstances), and the story was innovative and it was extremely entertaining from start to finish. I would say that it’s the best graphic novel film adaptation I’ve seen so far. Not only that, it is JUST the right length (just clocking in at under 2 hours, no more, no less). Most importantly, IT DOESN’T TAKE ITSELF TOO SERIOUSLY. That was crucial for this film. How can you take a guy in a green and yellow wetsuit seriously? Another film in the category, The Watchmen, was a little disappointing for me. The story was much to far-fetched and complex, it got boring towards the end, it was trying far too hard to adequately honour the comic series, the build up was too much for the outcome, and in my opinion, the hype wasn’t worth it. Plus, the directors cut is nearly 3 hours long………………………..come on.Kick-Ass is no masterpiece, granted, but what more could you expect from it? It does what is says on the tin. For todays standards, it is a fresh and original little film for the modern day, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. If, of course, you’re not offended by an 11-year-old girl saying ‘cunt’.