Every 5 or 10 years there is a movie that comes along that challenges us to re-think our idea about a specific genre of films. We’ve long thought that Super hero films were filled with individuals with super human abilities. Or that they were aliens from another planet with the strength, intellect or ability far beyond common man. But no more! Enter the world of Kick-Ass! Where the average Joe who has the courage, free time & little to lose can wear a costume and care enough to try and make a difference in the world. If this sounds a little crazy that’s because it is. But it’s also incredibly funny and is a premise that helped director Matthew Vaughn bring an entertaining adventure to life!
Dave Lizewski aka Kick-Ass (played by Aaron Johnson) is an awkward teen with a couple of friends, Marty & Todd (played by Clarke Duke from Hot tub time machine & Evan Peters), no girlfriend (although he secretly desires to be with Katie Deauxma (played by actress Lyndsy Fonseca) and his only family is his dad Mr. Lizewski (played by actor Garrett M. Brown) who is raising him alone after his mother passed away. And of course no geek turned to superhero story would be complete unless of course the main character was also a magnet for local bullies and thugs. But after one encounter with two neighborhood thugs, Dave decided he’d had enough of living the life of a pushover and was ready to fight back. So while wearing a green wet suit (that looks like a costume experiment between the Green Hornet and Green Lantern gone horribly wrong lol) mask, and batons Dave decides to take on the name Kick-Ass, and fight against injustice and those who prey on the innocent.
Dave’s results or capabilities however don’t quite measure up to the same high level as his good intentioned enthusiasm. Luckily for Kick-Ass his exploits are recorded and shown all over the Internet, gaining the attention of another crime fighting character named Damon Macready aka Big Daddy (played by an over the top Nicholas Cage). Helping Macready is his daughter Mindy aka Hit Girl (played impressively well by Chloe Moretz). I know what your thinking, these names sound like something out of a cheesy Saturday morning cartoon, but trust me when I tell you, there is nothing cartoon like about the lethal punishment their characters unleash on any and all criminals who get in their way. Their goal is to find and take down a notorious crime boss named Frank D’Amico (played by Mark Strong). D’Aimco’s son Chris (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is trying so hard to impress his father as he looks to take an active role in the “family business”!
Eventually Kick-Ass teams up with Big Daddy & Hit Girl as they fill him in on their plan to take D’Amico down. Unlike Kick-Ass though they are much better equipped and well trained with a lethal arsenal of weapons, fighting tactics, gadgets and a mean take no prisoners attitude, that would make the Justice League look like Teen Titans! I must admit at first glance at the trailer for Kick-Ass, I thought it would be a cute, fun, mild mannered kiddy movie with some cool action and some cheap low brow laughs. Turns out it was very funny with a lot more action and way more violent than I anticipated. (Which is probably the reason for the name of the film and it’s R rating, silly me lol). Chloe Moretz (Mindy) I must say is the real breakout star here, whose role as Hit Girl was tough, edgy and brutal without apology! I must also give out this spoiler alert warning, that if you don’t find teenage (or pre-teen) girls swearing like sailors and fist fighting with men old enough to be their father’s amusing, than this is definitely not the film for you!
The one thing I loved most about the film is that even though the premise is in the fantasy world of comic superheroes, the possible outcomes for some situations are very true to life and realistic! If someone no matter how well intentioned dared to put on a costume and mask and fight criminals with no training, no lethal weapons, no real experience or authority for that matter on fighting crime, they would probably be shot and killed in less than a week! And Kick-Ass wasn’t afraid to show you that reality, even if it did ultimately laugh at or make fun of it. As mentioned earlier this style of humor is not for everybody, but if your sense of humor is not the faint of heart kind, you should definitely enjoy some good laughs. So on a scale of 1 out of 5 (5 being the highest and 1 being the lowest) I give Kick-Ass 4 stars ****. Till next time be safe and stay blessed.