Posted on 8/11/11 09:44 PM
Kick-Butt is quite a different superhero movie than all the ones before it. You have those that gained their powers after a certain event or those who suffered a traumatic event that eventually leads to it (which is joked early in the movie). This time, the superhero becomes one just because he has fantasized about it many times before. This is a very interesting concept. Come on, who hasn't imagined being a superhero during the childhood? I certainly did.
Despite the R-rating, don't watch it expecting a dark and gritty film. While the R-rated Watchmen a year before was about the evil nature of humanity, this is more of a comedy. It is basically Superbad made into a superhero movie, only without the "getting laid" plotline.
The story revolves around Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a teenager who loves to read comic books, wonders why no one has ever attempted to be a superhero in real life. He eventually orders an outfit and starts his fight against crime, but his first attempt was disasterous as he was severly wounded. After some surgeries, he continues his campaign and eventually becomes very popular.
Meanwhile, he tries to get close to his crush, Katie Deauxma (Lyndsy Fonseca), but rumors hinders his efforts to try to get with her. During his crimefighting, he comes across fellow superheroes Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his 11-year-old daughter Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz), whose methods are much more violent and vigalante-like. They are trying to get revenge on crime boss Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong), who once framed Big Daddy for drug use when he was a cop.
When D'Amico believes that Kick-Butt was killing his men, his son, Chris (Christopher "McLovin" Mintz-Plasse), decides to become "Red Mist" to befriend Kick-Butt and lure him into a trap.
This movie brings the childhood dream of becoming a superhero to life. Unless you are one of those who enjoy mature comedies, you may not like the language used in this movie. It has plenty of action in it, although bloody. Some may be repulsed by having a teen and an 11-year-old killing people. A torture scene could also be disturbing to some. So, unlike Spider-Man, do not let your kids or anyone younger than 17 watch it. Overall, the movie is pretty faithful to the comic book, but there are plenty of huge differences, though. It is also toned down from the source material even though it's still R-rated.
The acting is very well done. Aaron Johnson is fine as Kick-Butt. Nicolas Cage makes a very good Big Daddy, unlike his role in Ghost Rider. Mintz-Plasse makes a very good Red Mist, and brings the same charm as he did as McLovin in Superbad. Mark Strong made a decent villain. But the one who stands out the most is Chloe Moretz as Hit-Girl. She nailed the role of the bad-butt character.
An excellent superhero movie!