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Kick Ass (Movie)

A 2010 superhero film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.

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Interesting concept, lots of horrible executions.

  • Apr 19, 2010
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The main conceit of Kick Ass, the latest super hero film to grace the screens of cinemas across the country, is that it's set in the "real world". You know, the real world where someone trains an eleven-year-old girl to be a mass-murderer and is viewed as a hero. Yeah, that real world. Of course, in the actual real world there are in fact kids who do get trained to be mass-murderers, go around killing people by the dozens and the people that trained them are rightly viewed as criminals, but whatever.

Kick Ass tells the story of David, a not-unattractive teenage boy who is a total geek and who no girls want. He's a big comic book fan and one day starts asking why no one tries to be a super-hero in real life. His friends rightly tell him it's because, basically, they'd die quickly and messily, but he doesn't want to hear that, so he goes out, gets a SCUBA outfit, and heads out to fight crime. Soon he's beaten to a pulp, stabbed in the stomach and hit by a car, all of which seems to give weight to his friends' suspicions. But David, who apparently now no longer has feeling in much of his body due to his injuries, soldiers on, and a legend is born, more or less.

Of course it turns out that in fact there is someone out there planning to be a super-hero, if by super-hero you mean "revenge-driven maniac whose only super powers are killing people with guns and training his eleven-year-old daughter to gleefully run around slaughtering people". That someone is named Big Daddy and is played by Nicholas Cage with his usual level of scene-chewing glee (and I do love his vocal delivery as Big Daddy where he's clearly channeling Mayor of Quahog, Adam West). His daughter is a foul-mouthed sociopath named Hit Girl. Together they go out and kill people. They also manage to save Kick Ass when he's about to get killed.

Their activities soon attract the attention of a mob boss whose son, played by the adorable Christopher Mintz-Plasse, is also a comic book fan and very lonely. When his dad comes up with a plan to kill Kick Ass, the son decides to become a super-hero himself, called Red Mist, and befriend Kick Ass. This leads to them bonding and becoming pals and stuff and, frankly, I haven't the energy to continue to describe what happens. You've seen the trailer. You know what happens. Lots of ultra-violence and lots of people being killed in many horrible ways (death by stabbing, by shooting, by burning, by bazooka...).

The movie is good and entertaining until the end of the first act when Hit Girl and Big Daddy show up. I know Hit Girl is supposed to be this character we all love and root for, but frankly I can't stand the character or her concept. There is nothing good about her at all. Yes, I know this isn't the real world (though it seems to want to be), but I seriously cannot find anything good about a character that butchers dozens of people like she does (and this is ignoring the fact that most of what she does isn't actually possible in the real world).

I don't know, call me a spoilsport but I like the fact that most super-heroes don't go around killing people. I like that Superman, Spider-Man, Batman and the like turn criminals over for trial. Sure, they end up escaping or being found not guilty or whatever, but that's because it's a comic book world and not the real world where someone like the Joker would be found guilty and would never see the light of day ever again.

Overall once the first act is done, there's really nothing I liked about this movie. I found the characters to be reprehensible, the level of violence to be annoying (if Kick Ass had been shown fully nude from the front at some point, you can bet this movie would've been rated NC-17, but showing horrific violence just gets it an R), and the plot to be really uninteresting. I'd hoped for more. It wasn't an awful movie, but could've been way, way better. It has little to recommend it and a lot that recommends avoiding it.

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review by . April 16, 2010
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You Wanna Be A....WHAT??!!!!!
   Let’s get one thing out of the way; there is no way Hollywood can ever match the awesomeness that is Mark Millar’s and John Romita Jr.’s comic book mini series titled "KICK ASS" (see my review here). The comic series was just a different the way it was successful in mixing black humor, action and a dark premise about isolation and loneliness that made me doubt my insanity why I read comic books. But since Hollywood is one major money-making machine, (as …
review by . December 19, 2010
I just saw this not an hour ago and I can safely say that it is one of the best comic book films of all time. The acting is great, the story (essentially about an amateur superhero's days in crime-fighting) is great, the action is great, and it has some great humour mixed with a fair amout of gore and swearing. That being said, this movie is definitely not for everyone, especially those who aren't comfortable with a young girl swearing and killing people. There are also some reasonably …
review by . February 01, 2011
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***1/2 out of ****     "Kick-Ass" pretty much kicks ass in every way possible. It's profane, slightly irrelevant, and equally as entertaining to watch as it was to read when it was a comic. Despite the typical art style, I personally loved reading the "Kick-Ass" comic. It isn't extremely deep, but hey. It kicked ass. Well, now there's a film adaptation, and it kicks more ass than a horse in the stable. While it will certainly not appeal to everyone (looking at you, Roger Ebert), …
review by . April 29, 2010
A friend invited me to see Kick Ass and I went knowing nothing about the movie besides it was a comedy.  I love seeing movies that way.      I was drawn into the plot until the introduction of Hit Girl and the level of violence.  This 13-year old girl single handedly kills numerous grown men using a variety of weapons, laughing much of the time.      On one hand, sure, it was pretty cute to have a super hero girl.  On the other, it was too …
Quick Tip by . June 03, 2013
If you enjoyed the film I recommend reading the graphic novel, its brilliant
review by . April 21, 2010
Kick-Ass: It's Watchmen minus emotional drama and Dr. Manhattan
I've had my fair share of watching comic book based movies (Spider-Man, Fantastic 4, Iron Man, X-Men, Watchmen, Batman) and each of them have unique ways of presenting the super hero and their heroic actions. But Kick-Ass kinda veers the opposite and kinda reminds me of seeing Watchmen (even the promotional posters kinda relate).      The reason why I reference Watchmen is that both relate to having costumed vigilantes taking down crimes on a daily basis. Kick-Ass twists things …
review by . July 15, 2010
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review by . April 20, 2010
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As a kid, when it came to the heroes that I liked to watch on television or the comics I read, there was always this sort of sense of wanting to be a superhero.  If you were one of those really dorky kids, you made a cape and pretended you could fly by jumping on your bed when no one was there.  I think most kids who admired the likes of Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, etc. did that sort of thing from time to time.  This is, more or less, the basis behind Kick-Ass.  Based off the …
review by . August 05, 2010
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review by . August 09, 2010
A cheesy fun violent comic book movie that was strangely marketed as a lighted hearted teen film.
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Kick-Ass is a 2010 superhero action thriller based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. The film was directed by Matthew Vaughn, who co-produced the film with actor Brad Pitt, and co-wrote the screenplay with Jane Goldman. The film's general release was on 26 March 2010 in the United Kingdom and on 16 April 2010 in the United States.
The film tells the story of an ordinary teenager, Dave, who sets out to become a real-life superhero calling himself Kick-Ass. Dave gets caught up in a bigger fight when he meets Big Daddy, a former cop who, in his quest to bring down the evil drug lord Frank D'Amico, has trained his 10-year-old daughter to be the ruthless vigilante Hit-Girl.
Kick-Ass has generated some controversy for its profanity and violence, particularly for the character Hit-Girl. The film received mostly positive reviews.
Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a normal teenager who wonders why nobody has ever decided to become a superhero like the ones in the comic books, so he decides to become a real-life superhero, despite having no superpowers  or training. During his first attempt to fight crime, Dave is beaten, stabbed, and hit by a car. Some of Dave's nerve endings are damaged as a result, giving him an enhanced capacity to endure pain, and metal plates are placed in his skeleton to support his bones. After a painful recovery, Dave returns to school only to find out that his longtime crush, Katie ...
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Director: Matthew Vaughn
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Release Date: April 16, 2010 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman
Runtime: 117 minutes
Studio: Plan B Entertainment, Marv Films, Lions Gate Films
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