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Runtime: 117 min
Synopsis: Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.
Release Date: April 16, 2010
Written By: Jane Goldman





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Two things you should do about Kick-Ass – First of all, go out and see Kick-Ass, second of all keep your young impressionable kids (especially the girls) as far away from this one as if it was a pedophile with candy in tow ducking from Chris Hansen. Kick-Ass to me was what you would get, if The Sopranos, Lazytown, Spiderman, and Revenge of The Nerds were blended together and reformed into a movie. There are so many little stories in and of themselves within the plot, that you can’t call it cliché or typical.

Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), who is probably the biggest star of Kick-Ass (even more than Kick-Ass himself) is like the little girl from Lazytown, if you were to rip out her innocence and replace it with the skills and killer instinct of one John Rambo. Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) is Peter Parker if Peter had a little more swagger and a little less brains. Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) is a bad ass, and the villain Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong), is your standard Italian Gangster stereotype. Things get blown up, little girls toss around profanities as if they were nursery rhymes and the blood flows gloriously reminiscent of Sin City or the more recent 300.

I was super impressed with young actress Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl. Not only were her scenes with Nicolas Cage authentic feeling but at times it was even a bit touching. To see her chop people down and shoot them while maintaining the cute factor was for lack of a better word disturbing. I see big things for this young actress if she isn’t scarred by this role, she was the highlight of Kick-Ass and made me wonder why it wasn’t titled “Hit Girl”.

Fans of the comic book will not be disappointed with Kick-Ass  since the only differences from the graphic novel is the background of Big Daddy, a few extra toys that looked good on film, and Hit Girl’s haircut. The action scenes were shot so well that nothing is missed no matter how chaotic. One scene comes to mind where Big Daddy takes out a room of over 15 guys solo, as he moved through them like a wraith taking bullets while dealing death seamlessly. Another has Hit Girl running into gunfire as she lithely bounces off of walls delivering shanks to scalps, throats, stomachs you name it – oh yes it is this violent and it will probably shock you.

Aside from the awesome mix of genres in the soundtrack, I will applaud Matthew Vaughn for keeping Kick-Ass as gory and raw as the comic book it is based on. The little girl is nowhere near censored in her death dealing, and the reaction to her onslaught was a mix of shock and applause, a mix that I don’t hear often in the theater. Seeing a little girl call a room full of grown men a bunch of cunts before driving steel through their bodies is something that we haven’t learnt how to react to. So while the fantasy nerds were clapping loudly for her, the conservative types were gasping and sitting up with mouths agape. I doubt anyone expected this level of shock from what appeared to be a light-hearted spoof on comic book movies. Oh no folks, this is the real deal.

One thing I wished had occurred was a better tie-in with the Kick-Ass character, while he’s likeable enough, by mid-movie he felt more in the way than anything else. He had a huge heart and was hilarious in the scenes with his buddies but the fairy tale hookup and his willingness to flip the switch in the end was a bit too convenient for me. Or should I say realistic? Wait am I being ridiculous asking for realism? I just saw an 11 year old chibi thing take out a room full of seasoned killers with an automatic pistol! Ya there’s nothing to complain about Kick-Ass… kicked ass. This is one “comic book movie” I look forward to adding to my collection, it will no doubt be beautiful seeing that purple spray red on my Blu-Ray player.

Greg Dragon

Cinephile and opinion writer, Greg Dragon has been a fan of movies since the 80's when Kung Fu theater was all the rage and Roger Moore was James Bond. Greg is the founder and lead critic of Spicy Movie Dogs. You can follow him on Twitter @Rafacus or on his Google+ account.

  • What a disappointment this film was.

    • You gotta give us more than that, in terms of what? The plot, the relevance to the source material, or the Ebert angle of little girls cursing?

  • You want more, you got it. Almost 1500 words more:

    An Excerpt of my thoughts on the film: “Matthew Vaugh’s Kick-Ass is a comic-adaptation, like Watchmen, that could have been fantastic with more realistic elements. What is irritating is that both comics strove to be realistic within their pages yet when translated into motion pictures were stripped of this intention.”

  • You are right. i should have said more but after writing that review I got it all out of my system.

    All right, here we go.

    The ending was a goofy joke. The acting faltered in moments. Basically the trailers and the clips for this movie were better than the actual movie. It was the same with Crank.