Movie Review: Kick-Ass (2010)

Kick Ass poster Good call, baby doll!

Stars:  Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Matthew Vaughn

Synopsis: High school student and comic book nerd Dave (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) decides to take it upon himself to wear a costume and become a real-life superhero and helping people in need. Doing this, however, causes him to cross paths with drug lords and criminals who suddenly want nothing more than to see him dead. It also means that two other ‘superheros’ are forced to show themselves in order to save his neck once or twice.

Opinion: I still remember the very first time I saw this movie in the cinema. I had gone in there thinking it would be a standard comic book/superhero style movie similar to X Men or Wolverine in the sense that it was somewhat family friendly. Before you judge me for this, no I hadn’t really payed any attention to the rating at the time I just watched the trailer and though hmm cool. So there I am happily watching this movie, thinking it’s funny and witty and clever and all sorts of great when BAM it reveals it’s true intensions with a violent battle showdown in a drug den with stabbing and shooting and some small child dropping the C-Bomb (this is a family friendly environment I am hoping you all understand that reference because I’m not saying it for real I don’t care how Australian I am). I remember laughing in utter disbelief and turning to the person I was with and both of us in unions saying how awesome it was.

Flash forward to now and my who knows what number re-watch and it still has the same effect on me. I know it’s coming; I’m waiting for it and yep it still ticks all the awesome boxes every time. The whole movie is full of moments like this from the absolute killer soundtrack (seriously…..nail….head….perfection) the extremely clever script with these fantastic one liners that appear or super random moments like the drug lord father (Mark Strong) in the car with his son (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) discussing what they are going to get from the candy bar before the movie they are going to. This is right after said father was just ordering his men to torture and kill someone, so you know mundane car scene just feels so weird yet so perfect all at the same time. And then you have the action sequences which are perfectly staged and executed that it’s actually beautiful to watch. The hands down favourite of course is when Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) is playing saviour and taking down all the bad guys with Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) yelling out instructions to her. The lighting, the slow motion effects, the various angles you are viewing from and the music playing over the top make for a truly incredible scene.

So, as you can tell I love this movie with its comic book styling, great casting and hilarious one liners and it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen it my opinion of it has never wavered. Even the ridiculously corny parts at the end or the way Nicolas Cage staggered his words and based his voice on the original TV Batman it all just works together and makes the movie a great watching experience.

Adult Content: As I hinted at before there is some strong language in this movie and some pretty extreme violence too. While it all fits in with the concept and the story, one of the main contributors is an 11-year-old girl so while it’s actually pretty awesome it is a little shocking when you first hear her curse and start killing people. Other than that…..well there’s a bazooka so enjoy that.


Kick Ass rating

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