Kick-Ass

This is one of those “it’s-not-what-you-think-it-is” type of movies which is probably one of the main reasons it didn’t do well in theaters. Which is a shame really because this is a pretty cool flick…

Based on a graphic novel, Kick-Ass tells the story of Dave Lizewski, a high school kid who decides to become a super hero. The problem with his plan is that he has no powers, no Batman-style of gadgets (or skills) and he’s not exactly the Hulk either. So, he ends up with the power of numbness when he ends up getting his ass handed to him during one of his not-so-heroic encounters. Upon discovering his new ability to not feel pain, Kick-Ass reimbarks on his heroic crusade only to learn that he’s not the only super-hero around…

Enter Big Daddy and Hit Girl, a father-daughter dynamic duo who actually are badasses and wipe out the bad guys like they’re swatting flies, and with extreme prejudice I might add, they don’t take prisoners.

The worlds of our super heroes collide and a story of revenge, betrayal, sacrifice and love unfolds…

The somewhat bubble-gum appearance of Hit-Girl might make this film seem more cutesy than it actually is. This film gets violent and bloody at times and has some interesting twists and turns to it, especially with the backstory of Nicholas Cage’s Big Daddy character. I never read the graphic novel but from what I hear from one of my best friends who’s also a comic expert, the movie does justice to the graphic novel. The storyline is solid, intriguing, and fun to watch in numerous levels including hoping the hero gets the girl and saves the day.

The acting performances are pretty spot-on with Aaron Taylor-Johnson playing the awkward lead well in a way that effectively shows his stages of teenage awkwardness to discovering more of the man he’ll become. Chloe Grace Moretz and Nicholas Cage pair well as father and daughter heroes. Keep an eye out for Evan Peters from American Horror Story in here as well…

The directing and production value are well done as well with tight action set to a colorful palette, tight editing and good effects.

While it may not be what you think it is, it’s definitely worth your time to check out Kick-Ass!

reviewed by Sean McKnight