Kick-Ass was, well, a kick ass movie. Dave, an ordinary teen, is fed up with his monotonous life of being picked on, so he decides to become a vigilante superhero named Kick-Ass. He starts with petty crimes, and eventually becomes more high-profile. He influences more people to become superheros, making friends and enemies along the way.
Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) meets Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage), a father-daughter duo. Big Daddy is a former cop and single father. For her whole life, Hit-Girl has been trained by her father to basically be a killing machine, with almost all weapons. Their scenes were some of the best of the movie. Cage’s character was one of my favorites. It was evident how much he loved his daughter, but I still thought it was strange how often he put her in danger. The girl who played Hit-Girl is a great, up-and-coming actress. I recognized her as the daughter in the remake of The Amityville Horror.
Another superhero Kick-Ass meets through his adventures is Red Mist (Christopher, a.k.a. McLovin). He’s a very deceptive character, because he’s the son of mob boss Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong). His motive is to find out where Kick-Ass will be so Red Mist’s father can ‘eliminate the competition.’ In the end, Red Mist realizes the error of his ways.
In the midst of all the action, Kick-Ass falls in love with hottie Katie (Lyndsy Fonseca). The two actually had really good chemistry and worked well together. Their relationship showed that nice guys don’t always finish last. That was a huge part of the movie, Kick-Ass overcoming being bullied.
What I loved most about the movie was that it surprised me. I expected it to be a PG-13-type movie but it was R-rated which allowed for extreme violence and lots of cursing. I probably wouldn’t take anyone under 14 to the film. That made it more enjoyable for older viewers, while still being fun enough for older teens. Director Matthew Vaughn, who also did 2007’s Stardust, did an amazing job incorporating the feel of a comic book/video game into the movie. It was very subtle but flashes of action on the screen were animated. It looked sweet. The film is very funny, original, and who doesn’t like seeing justice being served.