Heard a lot of interesting buzz about this movie. Some folks really enjoyed it, others found it to be distasteful and disturbing. Well disturbing works in my book too, so when this popped up on Netflix download I had to give it a shot.
Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) decides he wants to try his hand at the super hero biz. So he creates a costume, grabs some weapons and attempts to fight crime as Kick Ass. Sadly his enthusiasm is not matched by his skill, and he is promptly beaten up and put in the hospital. By freak chance, the severe beating ends up numbing the pain centers in his brain. So when Kick Ass takes to the streets again, he’s able to stand up to the thrashing he gets, and actually do some good.
Little does he know that two actual crime fighters Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) are keeping an eye on him. Do they want to join forces with this new hero in their battle to bring down crime boss Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) or do they think he’s a threat? And just how does the mysterious Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) fit into the picture? All we know for sure is that there will be explosions, there will be blood and there will be asses kicked.
- Turns superhero conventions on their ear
- Manages to be funny, and dark all at the same time
- The acting is surprisingly good
- The odd tone is not going to appeal to everyone
- The whole concept of Hit Girl and what happens to her is sure to offend some viewers
- Anyone looking for a traditional superhero flick will be disappointed
This is a lot like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World but with a darker, nastier streak. But that dark side is full of smiles and I got a big kick out of the whole film. The wildly shifting tone of the film was a little tough to get into, but once I figured out what the movie was trying to do I had a good time. Recommended for anyone looking for a nice twist on the superhero genre (as long as you don’t mind seeing a little girl mercilessly kill evildoers and get herself beaten up during the fight scenes).
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