Kick-Ass (2010) – Review

3 Stars

Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is so ordinary he’s almost invisible. Certainly to Katie the prettiest girl in school and the object of Dave’s one-way affection. That is until the day he decides for better or (mostly) worse that he will don a green and yellow jumpsuit and further be known as the crime-fighter ‘Kick Ass’. The amusing and somewhat shocking new element to Director Matthew Vaughn’s very funny and extremely bloody 3rd feature, is that Dave when in ‘kick ass’ mode isn’t invincible. Far from it in fact, his first encounter with a gang of street thugs winds him up in the hospital. However Kick Ass isn’t the only superhero roaming the city. Dave’s fellow classmate, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) patrols the streets at night in his super charged sports car,think a bi-polar hyper aggressive Mc’lovin. To complicate matters Chris just happens to be the son of a crime kingpin who’s trying to capture the heroes that have been laying waste to his men.

The film is blessed with a hysterical out of left field performance by Nicolas Cage as the nicest family man to ever shoot at his daughter from point blank range. His protege Hit Girl, a foul-mouthed bad ass is the real deal in sharp contrast to the fumbling exploits or Kick Ass and Red Mist. The picture scores point for audaciousness in the scenes were the 11yr old girl gruesomely dispatches grown men with ease and loads of harsh language. What I feared to be a updated take on 1999’s ‘Mystery Men’ is actually the polar opposite. These heroes bleed and swear a lot.

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: Arron Johnson, Christpher Mintz-Plasse, Nicolas Cage

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