“Okay you c#&!s. Lets see what you can do now.”
When I first saw the movie trailer for “Kick-Ass,” I mistakingly dismissed it as a teen superhero spoof that was sure to fail. OOPZ.
In fact, the movie’s not a parody or spoof at all and it kicked ass (sry4pun) in the theater. In subtle ways it does make fun of some stereotypical elements of the comic-book-to-movie superhero franchise.. but “Kick-Ass” has it’s own original, hilarious, and beautifully woven story. (It even started as a Marvel comic book itself.. written by Mark Millar and illustrated by John Romita, Jr.)
Matthew Vaughn did an amazing job directing, but what really adds this movie to my list of favorites are the awesome characters and the actors who portray them.
Dave Lizewski (played by Aaron Johnson), is the teenage main character who, for no legit reason, decides that he wants to be a superhero. He becomes “Kick-Ass“, a “hero” that’s not really that super, carries two police batons, and usually gets his ass kicked.
But it’s Aaron’s co-stars that really steal the show. Thirteen-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz plays Hit-Girl (pictured above) and slings more blood and curse words than anyone else in the movie. Some of the best scenes are when she drops the atomic C or F bombs with a cute, but never innocent, smirk on her face. Of course this brought Vaughn a ton of critical bashing, but apparently not him, the young actress, or even her parents(!), give a shit.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse (best known as McLovin from “Superbad”), brings his geekish demeanor to Red Mist, the not-so-super-villain who works with his mafia boss father to try and bring Kick-Ass down.
The movie also includes (what I consider) to be Nicolas Cage’s best role ever. He plays Big Daddy, the vigilante superhero who raised Hit Girl to be the cursing killer I love. Their relationship is hilarious, but creepy.
I cannot wait for “Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Walls.”
“Kick-Ass” movie trailer:
Kick-Ass: “How do I get a hold of you?”
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.”