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

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Kick-Ass

  • Dec 19, 2010
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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 bloody scenes, so I would advise the squeamish to steer clear of this film

Although all the actors in the film are great, none of them are as great as Chloe Moretz. This was her first major film role, and boy did it put her on the map. It put her on the map not only as a good actor, but also now as one of the most in-demand child actors on screen today. Who knows, she could be the next Macaulay Culkin, except hopefully she'll stay out of the tabloids and have a career into adulthood (unlike Culkin). Hit Girl is a great character, and I got the impression that Moretz was inspired by Clint Eastwood's westerns, whereas Nicolas Cage (her character's father) drew from Adam West in the old Batman TV show.

The other actors all did incredibly well, including Aaron Johnson in his first mainstream film role as the titular character. I never really liked Nicolas Cage as an actor, but he actually didn't do badly as his character, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse actually made a surprisingly good villain and left plenty of grounds for a sequel, which I just found out that they are making. Nothing much else to be said, but great performances for a great film.

I adored the visual style, costumes, and camerawork of this film. It wasn't really CGI, just fights (most likely with stuntmen) and clever camera work. The costume design of this movie is wonderful, my personal favourites being the costumes of Hit Girl and Red Mist. The violence, however graphic it may or may not be, is incredibly stylized, and I think that with comic adaptations, that's often the best way to go.

The story is also well told and again, leaves plenty of grounds for a sequel. It's essentially about the adventures of Kick-Ass (AKA Dave Lizewski), a major comic book geek who decides to take crime into his own hands and become a superhero. He encounters Hit Girl (Moretz) and her father Big Daddy (Cage), and he joins them on their quest to kill the man who put Big Daddy in jail, Frank D'Amico. That brings us to Chris (Mintz-Plasse), D'Amico's slightly inept son, who serves as an auxilliary villain and essentially a puppet for his father to destroy Kick-Ass.

If you haven't seen this movie, definitely check it out. Even though it's not for everyone, it's still a good film and worth a rental. I truly think Chloe Moretz is a great actress and deserves a Best Supporting Actress Oscar when the season comes around, because she did a great job and was by far the most awesome character in the movie. All in all, a great film that will probably be rewarded when the major awards season (AKA the Oscars) comes around. Hey, if The Dark Knight was nominated for a few oscars, Kick-Ass probably will too. I know it's been said before, but Kick-Ass truly does kick some serious ass.

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December 20, 2010
I liked this movie though I think it is a such a watered down version of the source material. Great review!
 
December 19, 2010
This was one of the most fun movies I have seen in a long time.
 
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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 . 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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What Pompted You to write a Review?   I was prompted to write this review because never has any of the comic movies I have seen in the last 5 years or so have realistically resembled the actual comic book. Most big hollywood comic book movies do not closely follow the actual storyline or have characters that are far from physically looking like the actual comic book characters this movie followed the book well.      How was the Plot, Acting, Direction?   …
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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Have you ever wanted to be a superhero. Kick-Ass is about four very different people who take very different paths to become superheroes. With a few exceptions, they do provide some innovative fighting scenes and hilarious moments.      First, the great. One of the superheroes, Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), is a adorable 10-year old girl who has a passion for guns and slaughtering bad guys the way other young girls get excited for jewelry or dolls. Chloe is a great actress and gives …
review by . August 09, 2010
A cheesy fun violent comic book movie that was strangely marketed as a lighted hearted teen film.
Kick-Ass is a cheesy fun comic book movie based on a "graphic novel" of the same name.  The story revolves around some goofy teenage (Aaron Johnson) who decides to become a real life superhero (after donning a wet suit) named Kick-Ass.  After a rough start, he becomes an internet sensation when he gets involved in a brutal beat down in front of a cafe.  His actions and a near fatal attempt in trying to fight a local drug dealer catches the attention of a real crime fighter …
review by . April 19, 2010
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At the start of "Kick-Ass," I couldn't help but feel somewhat excited, as I was introduced to the title character, who, when not dressed as a superhero, I found both engaging and amusing. While his thought process is not something I pretend to understand, the situations he finds himself in as a typical high schooler were somewhat relatable, and they got a chuckle or two out of me. But then we meet eleven-year-old Mindy Macready (ChloĆ« Grace Moretz) and her father (Nicholas Cage); they stand in an …
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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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