"Kick-Ass" Movie Review

The critically acclaimed Kick-Ass, being one of the most anticipated films of 2010, shocked viewers around the world. Any film that involves an 11 year old girl dropping a “c-bomb” and then completely obliterating a room full of crack-heads and drug-dealers would be sure to shock anyone. Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kick-Ass, has the balls that many directors lack. He dared to go where others wouldn’t even go near. He ventured out to shock the viewer, have them love it, let the credits roll and then leave them wanting more. You have to give the guy credit. I don’t know any other directors that would take the risks that he did, and then pull it all off with a fantastic movie with just the right balance of “everything” that a classic takes to make.

Kick-Ass to me was the perfect mix of comedy, violence, gore, romance and badass fighting sequences. And to top this off, it includes some really top-notch actors: Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy, The Greatest), Nicolas Cage (Ghost Rider, National Treasure), Chloe Moretz (Let Me In, Hugo), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, Role Models) and Mark Strong (John Carter, Sherlock Holmes). Aaron Johnson, the main protagonist in the story, plays Kick-Ass. He’s invisible to girls, geeky and somewhat socially awkward, but he decides, without any proper training or powers, that he wants to be a superhero. Moretz plays Hit Girl, an extremely violent, foul-mouthed killing machine, who learnt all she knows from her father Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage). He plays a tough, silent killer dressed in French Riot Gear who has a thirst for vengeance stronger than his own bulletproof armour. He’s determined to kill the man who framed him and put him in jail, Frank D’amico (Mark Strong). Strong plays the rich, all-powerful villain who will stop at nothing to have Kick-Ass slaughtered for supposedly killing his men. Frank and his son Chris D’amico (Mintz-Plasse) then come up with a way to bring Kick-Ass and his superhero friends down.

I have to say, I was blown away by Mark Strong’s performance. He already has a face that says, “You don’t want to mess with me pal”, so when you take him and place him in the role of a villain, you don’t just get a villain. You get a bit of a psychopath. Now when I say psychopath, I mean that in a completely great way. His portrayal of D’amico is humorous, powerful and darn right scary. I’m not sure what it is about Mark Strong and baddies, but he seems to be able to play them likes it’s his second nature.

On par with Strong’s performance, was Moretz’s Hit Girl. It’s not often you get an eleven year old girl playing a role like she did, and to add to that, as well as she did. She plays Hit Girl as a miniature, psychotic weapon of mass-destruction, and like Strong, you don’t want to mess with her. Her acting is phenomenal, and to top that off, she did quite a few of her own stunts and probably has the ability to take down most fully-grown men.

Overall, Kick-Ass was everything that I wanted and expected it to be. In fact, it was even better. Amazing actors, amazing plot and an awesome director all gathered together to form one outstanding movie, which I know I will definitely remember for a long time.


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