With so many other movie bloggers being hyped up for Kick Ass 2 coming out this year, I felt a bit left out that I hadn’t even seen the first one. I needed to know what the deal was and get in on the fun before it was too late 😉
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a normal student who does nothing special and is usually invisible to the girls at school. Being into comic books and superheroes, he wonders why no one has ever stepped up and tried to do what superheroes do and protect their society. With this in mind, he orders a green jumpsuit from the Internet and trains himself (the best he can) and eventually tries to defend his society. On his first attempt, he gets accidentally filmed and he becomes a hit under the alias of Kick-Ass. When he urges a girl he is interested at school, Katie (Lyndsey Fonseca) to ask Kick Ass for help to get rid of an annoying ex, on that mission, he ends up meeting Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) who requests for him to join them. In the process, some mafia leader Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) mistakes him to be part of a big scheme to derail their illegal activities and his son offers to disguise as another superhero called Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) to help with their plan.
When I turned on Kick-Ass, I had no idea what it would be like. I hadn’t even seen the trailer. Back in 2010, I was still just getting back into the groove of the existence of TV, forget about movies. Honestly, it looks a bit corny and cheesy but at the same time, my main motivation was that Chloe Grace Moretz is awesome! If everything sucked, at least she would light up that screen. Unexpectedly, it was bloody, funny and silly, and plenty of stylish fun. It was somewhat of a weird combination from all the characters but it had a spark that really worked for it. There was a lot of cross over with comic style visually here and there and the way they filmed it was really attractive. I like this little flick a lot!
If you had to define loser, this Dave character would definitely be it. Even the costume he chooses and the luck he has is ridiculous. However, something about the sweet victory of a normal everyday person having the heart to become something more without no actual reason makes me want to cheer for him and connect. Thats what Dave has going on for him, even when we see him dig his own grave over and over again in his personal life or as Kick-Ass. Its fun to see his character development as it changes into making this into something more meaningful and he finds his actual courage and strength.
Hit Girl and Big Daddy played by Chloe Grace Moretz and Nicholas Cage respectively are father and daughter team and they are super kick ass. Like not Dave Kick Ass because Big Daddy is right when he says that, he should be called Ass Kicked compared to them. This team is phenomenal with a specific agenda that they know what they want to accomplish, well-planned and they are crazy great at everything. Their story is actually pretty good and it defines the means of why they do what they are doing. Its been a while I’ve seen Nicholas Cage teamed up with kids and there is a pretty good vibe between the characters.
What superhero movie is without their villain, right? Mark Strong plays the villain Mark D’Amico. He’s somewhat of a brutal and emotionally unstable man to me. He seems to try to contain himself and is immune to being harsh. Red Mist is his son and he recognizes his son’s potential as he is chooses to become Red Mist to lure out Kick-Ass. Frank D’Amico is a tough guy to beat, however, we all know Red Mist isn’t really that bad…he’s just being a son, right? Thats not a spoiler…I hope! (Its getting hard to stop myself from writing too much…)
Bottomline: I loved it! It was great to watch visually. The characters were great and there was a good development with each one. It was a bit predictable but the action and the fight scenes and the interaction between the characters was totally fantastic that I didn’t really feel like there was anything unenjoyable until I sat down and wrote this. Just little issues though and definitely worth a viewing! Maybe like me, you’ll want to go see Kick Ass 2 when it comes out!! 🙂