Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Thursday, 22 April 2010 19:08
Kick-AssKick-Ass does just that; at least it kicked the ass of my expectations! I was expecting a violent movie about a bunch of wannabe superheroes. And I was right – except Kick-Ass is also funny, creative, shocking and original! So what’s the recipe for this tasty entertainment concoction? Start with a serving of Superbad, throw in a healthy dose of Spiderman and tie it all together with more than a dash of Kill Bill.

Aaron Johnson as Kick-AssKick-Ass is the brain child of Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic book nerd who’s tired of always standing by when bad things. Much like Woody Harrelson in Defendor, which I reviewed last week, Dave decides to become a self-made superhero. Both are great films, but the similarities end there. Kick-Ass hits the street donned in a scuba suit and mask ready to fight crime, but quickly becomes the target of a major crime boss who blames him for killing off everyone on his payroll. But there are other caped-crusaders on the job.

Chloe Moretz as Hit-GirlThe cast is fantastic including Nicholas Cage as Big Daddy, a mysterious figure when wearing his Batman-like costume, but really just a bumbling ex-cop. I’m not a big fan of Cage, but he really is great when he can sink his teeth into a weird role like this. But the real standout performance is by young Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl. She is an eleven-year-old weapon of destruction who could rival Uma Thurman’s The Bride for sheer brutality! She’s also got a potty mouth that needs washing out with Ivory soap. My mother would say that she can’t imagine any parent allowing their child to play a role like this – I say if I was a child actor this would be a dream job.

At 2 hours long, the movie does drag a little at times; but it is always inventive and always manages to crank out a few surprises. Kick-Ass is pure entertainment.