Damon Macready: Mindy, no more homework, Babydoll. Time for Frank D'Amico to go bye-bye.
"Shut Up. Kick-Ass."
Kick-Ass is the perfect combination of high school comedy, superhero farce, and violence. Not to mention it's fucking cooler than fuck. The movie has a beginning that doesn't really set itself apart from other comedies, but the setup doesn't take long to get us to the true film. The movie is just a good, fun time for awhile; but it takes off when Big Daddy and Hit Girl meet up with Kick-Ass. Then the movie gets funnier, more exciting, more violent, and more cool.
I'm going to say right now, what makes this movie so cool is Hit Girl played with amazing power and finesse by Chloe Grace-Moretz. She's phenomenal and her performance is my second favorite ever from a child actress, only behind Tatum O'Neal's performance in Paper Moon. Obviously a lot of humor comes from the over the top, ridiculous way that she is presented. She's an eleven year old girl that utters lines like these....
Hit Girl: Okay you cunts... Let's see what you can do now!
Hit Girl: Hey Green asshole! You can't use the front door now!
Hit Girl: You just contact the mayor's office. He has a special signal he shines in the sky; it's in the shape of a giant cock.
...Then she beats the shit out of everyone... or shoots them.... or stabs them. There's going to be people who think her character is offensive and that we shouldn't present a child character in such a violent way. Those people can suck a dick.
A high school loser and huge comic book fan wonders why no one ever tries to be a superhero. Then, after ordering a green suit, he tries his hand at it. It starts out rough to say the least. Soon though, a video of him beating up a gang goes viral and everyone knows who he is. He meets two other superheroes and gets wrapped up in their agenda of bringing down a big crime boss. He balances his life as a superhero, along with his life as a high schooler.
Aaron Johnson pretty much kills it as Kick-Ass. He looks like just another geek, but he presents himself to the audience as not just another teenage loser. He wants to change things, but he can't; can he. Nicholas Cage and the aforementioned Moretz also are amazing as the father-daughter hero team. This was probably the best role Cage has had in years; maybe back to his work with Herzog in Bad Lieutenant.
This is just a really cool movie. Matthew Vaughn brings it to us with great a style and a great sense of timing. He knows when to shift tones and does so at the drop of a dime. There's great music choices that fit scenes perfectly. The dialogue is funny, smart, and unpredictable. He gets the best out of every actor, every scene, and every shot. He uses a good supporting cast to further the relationships and does so with a realistic feel.
I've seen Kick-Ass many times now, and it's always a fun and joyous time. There's so much to love and absolutely nothing to hate. It's a step down in the raunch level of most comedies of this ilk, but it's also a step up in the violence section. I wouldn't ever throw this into the teen comedy genre though. It's so much more then just another American Pie in a different setting. It's also more than a fake superhero movie. It's a different film and one that is almost impossible to not enjoy.