Before heading to bed last night I had to sit down to write this. I just came back from seeing Kick-Ass and let me tell you, I didn’t have the highest expectations. In fact I went in with incredibly low ones. I needn’t have. The movie impressed me and turned my initially negative outlook inside out.
The movie asks a question. IF so many people see things going wrong with the world and admire super-heroes THEN why don’t they imitate them. That’s what the main character indeed sets out to do, become a superhero, to him it doesn’t matter that he has no powers. What matters is that it’s been a dream of his, and that there are too many people that avert their eyes from wrongdoing
It’s set in what equates pretty easily to the modern day New York. As you see later on rules of physics are extended slightly allowing a few very fantastical things to occur but for the most part it’s semi-plausible. In fact their are parts throughout the storyline that are painfully realistic to anyone whose come recently from high-school.
The villain of the movie is Frank D’Amico and he does make an excellent villain. He has the perfect gleeful grin at the pain of all others and he’s a ruthless coke dealer. Excellent start right there and then come the masks both good and one of whom turns out to be evil.
Kick-Ass is the first super-hero. He’s an average guy, no. Seriously. He’s average. This is the part that I liked so much, the actor wasn’t overly attractive. He himself was neither dumb nor smart, neither well-built or horribly out of shape. It sent a great message.
Kick-Ass was joined thereafter by Big Daddy and Hit Girl. Big Daddy looks like a real world twist on bat-man without the bat-motif. He, unlike Kick-Ass, has some serious talent when it comes to mayhem and death. Hit Girl is about eleven and was raised since she was five taught the art of killing and combat for a single purpose. Kill Frank D’Amico whom caused the death of her mother.
Then there is the Red Mist. Let’s just say…he’s an absolute geek. But the evil kind of geek. He makes a great plot device and I think the actor was perfect for the role.
If I had to assign a star rating it’d be four and a half. Only the last half because though I went away astounded and entertained it wasn’t a life changing sort of experience. I’m a bit harsher on movies mostly because of how much money they have to put into the project and how many creative minds are involved as opposed to things like books. Anyways. Kick Ass proved to live up to its name. It was excellent.