Saturday, 3 April 2010

Film Review: KICK-ASS (2010)

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Running time: 117 mins (approx)
Certification (UK): 15

UK Release date: 26th March 2010

Watched at the cinema Saturday 3rd April 2010.


I have seen all the comic-book superhero films, all the ‘Bat Man’ movies, the ‘Superman’ movies, ‘X-Men’ and ‘Spiderman’ movies. I’ve even seen films like ‘Blade’, ‘The Punisher’, (the excellent) ‘Watchmen’ and ‘Darkman’, but I’ve never seen anything like this. This film is very different and really excellent, it’s an action comedy and as such, a lot of the violence is done for comic effect. I have heard reports that some of the language is a bit colourful, to put it mildly, but, again it’s there for comic effect. It’s only later in the film that the violence gets more serious as our heroes discover the consequences of their actions. But enough of my prattling on, here’s a short summary.

Dave Lizewski is an average teenage school kid, he says he has one superpower, he’s invisible to girls. He and his friends, Marty and Todd, are into comic books and after hanging out one evening they are mugged by a couple of scumbags. It seems this is not the first time this has happened and Dave is getting a little fed-up with it. He goes online and gets himself a costume. After a bit of self-training, he decides he’s ready and ‘Kick-Ass’ is born. He decides to confront the two muggers who held up him and his friends but things don’t go well and he ends up having his ass kicked. After recovering in hospital and being screwed together with metal plates he finds his nerve endings are a bit shot, which means he can take a bit more of a beating than before. Meanwhile, a real Superhero known as ‘Big Daddy’ is training his eleven year old daughter, ‘Hit Girl’. They have a grudge against crime boss Frank D’Amico who framed ‘Big Daddy’ some years before. D’Amico’s son, Chris is disillusioned with his father and decides to become a Superhero himself, called Red Mist. Kick-Ass eventually gains notoriety when he beats up three guys picking on another guy. The fight is filmed and put up on the internet, bringing a lot of media interest in Kick-Ass. Dave is also noticed by Katie Deauxma, although she doesn’t know his secret identity, and thinks he’s gay. I won’t say too much more, but needless to say all of these various characters are destined to meet, and when they do…

I must first say that it is a really well made film with some excellent stunt work. I thought the score was really great as well. Excellent performances from all of the leading cast, Aaron Johnson as Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass, Nicolas Cage as Damon Macready/Big Daddy, Chloe Moretz as Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl, Mark Strong as Frank D’Amico, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Chris D’Amico/Red Mist and Lyndsy Fonseca as Katie Deauxma.

There is a lot of humour in this film, both spoken and visual. It’s also very very violent, so I wouldn’t recommend it to those of a nervous disposition. I don’t usually enjoy teen comedies, but this is very original, very different and it’s very refreshing to see a film that pushes the boundaries somewhat. I recommend it very highly!

My score: 8.9/10

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