Who? Nicolas Cage (daddy), Aaron Johnson (principled), Chloe Moretz (agile), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (twisted), Mark Strong (brewing), Lyndsy Fonseca (ideal girlfriend)
Spot the B(r)it-part: Tamer Hussan (The Business), Dexter Fletcher (Lock Stock), Jason Flemyng (Lock Stock)
What’s it about? Average teenager and comic geek Dave Lizewski is shocked that nobody has ever tried to become a real-life superhero and dons his own outfit, calling himself Kick-Ass. Reality bites hard - he ends up in hospital. Unfazed, he heads back into the fight and – after a video of his brave battle gets on YouTube – he creates a MySpace and is shot to fame.
His first real job, to impress the High School hottie Katie (Fonseca), is to tell her gangster ex-boyfriend to back off. Kick-Ass is about to have his name applied to himself when he is saved by a mysterious and ultra violent child called Hit Girl (Moretz) and her partner Big Daddy (Cage).
Dave, in real life, is keeping up the pretence he’s gay to get close to Katie, while his super alter-ego is sought after by crime boss Frank D’Amico (Strong) who thinks he is responsible for the murders of his men, who were in fact obliterated by Hit Girl and Big Daddy. Enter Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, aka McLovin), the deceptive ‘superhero’ and a whole bunch of pain.
What’s good about it? Everything. The visuals are full of rich colour – like a comic. The tone is lighthearted with twists of dire darkness while remaining immensely self-deprecating throughout – like a comic. Just to re-iterate, this is funny, really, really funny – it should be called a comedy rather than an action film. The music is perfectly suited and unrelenting. The characters are extreme and morals are at the heart of the tale – yes, like a comic. It's the first REAL comic film.
Amazing, gory and immersive fight scenes; punchy, side-splitting dialogue; excellent acting and utter originality are just a few of the good things about this film. If you can see through your teary laughing eyes you’ll notice the moral meaning. A recent spoilsport article in the Daily Telegraph featured a physicist pointing out that comic heroes should only have one power to make them more believablet. Since Kick-Ass has no powers, you’re left feeling his only special skill is his naïve, wide-eyed belief that even making a stand and being knocked down is enough to make a difference. His power, essentially, is faith – something that resonates to every viewer and will ensure this film is going to be an international hit. That, or the thing in the box that gets used at the end of the film, which we can’t tell you about without ruining the surprise.
The film’s synergy of comedy and ultra-violence; reality and total fantasy, is like nothing before. If Tarantino directed a Spiderman that was written by Garth Ennis and starred Will Ferrell, it might have been nearly as good as Kick-Ass.
What’s bad about it? Nothing. Except, maybe, that it has set up for a sequel that couldn’t hope to live up to the original.
Nerd fact: The video of Kick-Ass fighting which gets put on YouTube in the film was actually made and used as a viral marketing tool when the original comic was released (video below).
Verdict: Go and see it immediately!
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