Yep, im way, way behind on this but hey, good things come to those who wait and oh boy was this movie worth the wait. While I had waited far too long to buy/watch the film I did end up buying it super cheap on DVD (99p thank you very much! :D) I think it was an ex-rental copy but that didn’t bother me too much as it worked and the disc looked pretty clean so I won in this transaction.
So if you’ve never heard of it before, Kick-Ass is a super hero movie based off of a comic book of the same name written by Mark Millar and Illustrated by John Romita Jnr. But I didn’t know any of that when I first watched the movie, I was actually under the impression that this would be a satire of sorts, making fun of the clichéd tired superhero movies like Spiderman (Im probably in a minority but I hated the movies) but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Our main hero is a high school kid called Dave Lizewki who is your average “Nerd” who dreams of being something bigger.
And that something bigger is turning himself into a real life superhero, with a costume he ordered online which is in actual fact a green scuba suit. This is set up in the movie very smoothly, but you cant help thinking that it is gradually building up to something more meaningful as we see him “Train” and set up a Myspace page of all things so that people can message him when they want help from there resident crime-fighter. This doesn’t get off to a flying start as he ends up trying to stop some car thieves breaking into a….car, and gets stabbed and then run over (Random asshole driver who looks back at his broken body then decides to leave him there.) which was quite apt for the message the movie is trying to convey, which I will get to I promise.
So during Dave’s recovery and rehabilitation (In the movie) we see that he has a bajillion metal plates surgically attached to various parts of his bones, in the context of the film it means he can hardly feel any pain, and so he inherits a power of sorts…. Being able to take a beat down really well.
Its after this sequence of events that for me the movie really starts to really gain traction. It also dawns on you (well, it did to me) that this film is a whole lot more than just some cheap comedy, its absolutely entertaining , heart-felt and yes, funny. The humour however for me is played quite subtly, well apart from the obvious ones but the point still remains!
You also gain an appreciation for just how brilliant the supporting cast is, Nicolas cage as Big-Daddy is a favourite of mine as he is another “Superhero” too, who is an ex-cop that got framed as a drug dealer, now he’s out he wants revenge. Oh and he is a… I guess 12 year old? Daughter named Mindy who is also a crime fighter named Hit-Girl, who can I just say kicks so much ass in this film its unreal. She quite possibly steals the show for me as she is the consummate hero as she is unstoppable in taking down gangsters and thugs, the fight scene which essentially introduces us to the character of Hit-Girl was one of my favourites in the whole movie, accentuated by her line (and remember im fairly immature too) “Ok you cunts… Lets see what you can do now” Brilliantly delivered by the actress Chloe Grace Moretz I might add! 😀
Cage is also completely awesome in this film too, but he’s more of a sideshow playing support to the main force that is Hit Girl. The characters way of speaking in the film is also a little strange too, but a good strange because it brings something different to the table. This is definitely shown during the scene where Hit-girl is attempting a rescue of Big Daddy (Cage) and Kick-Ass, he sees her and yells out “TAKE COVER CHILD!” and when her rescue is stalling he yells again “Switch! to KYRPTTOONITTEEEEE!” it sounds so damn unnatural but at the same time, the delivery is brilliant.
But what is a Comic book superhero movie without a suitable villain and credible threat? Step up Mclovin!….. Just kidding, its the mob boss called Frank D’Amico played by Mark Strong, and holy crap he is just about the most threatening villains you’ll see in any hero/villain show/movie. Ruthless, utterly without mercy and the boss of the cities biggest criminal gangs, you would definitely not want to run across him in any situation… Ever.
His son however “Chris” is played by McLovin himself Christopher Mintz-Plasse who looks like the approachable, kinder face of organised crime, Drug Trafficking and murder…….
He has a deeper role to play in the film however, which will be covered in part 2 of this review/ramble.
Thanks for reading!