Posted on 9/20/10 04:00 PM
Our main character here is Dave Lizewski, a geeky teenage boy who is hopeless with girls, reads comic books and gets robbed on a regular basis. One day Dave decides enough is enough and becomes a super hero (with no powers) calling himself kick ass.
It's as if the producers said "let's make a movie that just kicks ass! From start to finish just a sweet ass kickin movie, and we shall name it kick ass!" Because from start to finish this movie really does kick ass! (Informative review yet?)
Ok look, I'm not a big fan of the comic book stuff or the whole teenage nerd becoming cool and getting the girl type thing. However, this truly film is one of a kind.
The story is a common one done in such a unique way it kind of becomes original. There were times when I didn't know what was going to happen because this movie just broke all rules of a super hero flicks, then somehow in the last third decided to start following super hero guild lines and.....it....worked!
The fight scenes are impressive, although very unrealistic; it is forgiven on the basis that this film requires a certain level of imagination. I have to say I wasn't sure what to expect with this movie, for the first half it my jaw was resting on my toes! What's so original here (as far as comic book hero stuff goes) is the violence. It's not very often you will see a "hero" killing every single bad guy in the room, even the ones who are unarmed!
The acting is good, there's no Marlon Brando's but of course there doesn't need to be in a film like this. The script is sharp, witty and direct and the soundtrack is fantastic.
For some reason Nic Cage seems to have got some stick for his role as Damon Macready ("Big Daddy"), but I'm not sure why. For starters, the outlandish relationship between him and his daughter Mindy Macready (or "Hit Girl") is hilarious. Secondly, Cage adopts this Adam West (the old batman) accent/persona but only whilst he is "Big Daddy", possibly down to his batman like costume.
My only real problem with this film is I would have liked to have seen David, or "Kick Ass", fighting some more "entry level" criminals at the beginning before realising his full potential. It would have been funny to see him struggle with inexperience chasing a thief in a mall or helping a woman getting mugged in the street or something. I just don't think our main character had enough practice before going into full time ass kicking.
Overall this movie is charming yet brutal, gruesome and beautiful, colourful but dark, hilariously sharp and EXTREMELY f*cking violent.