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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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Kick-Ass: It's Watchmen minus emotional drama and Dr. Manhattan

  • Apr 21, 2010
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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 around by adding aspects of social networking to the mix, but still preserves the comic book hero butt-kicking action, only you don't have to stare at Dr. Manhattan's blue ****.

Kick-Ass tells a story of Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) deaming of becoming a popular student at school and a superhero. He tries to become a super hero after getting mugged countless times, only to get his "ass kicked". He then returns to action only to start becoming a youtube sensation. He then eventually encounters Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage), and Red Mist (McLovin a.k.a Christopher Mintz-Plasse) later on and the plot begins to unfold into a simple take down the crime lord scheme.

The action scenes is more of the lines on 75% fist fighting and 25% gun slinging. What takes the cake of the movie is Hit Girl, you will simply love her attitude and ass-kicking abilities for a 13 year old. As for Kick-Ass himself? not so much, he gets his ass kicked more than you could even consider him a super hero at all, he seems to be more cannon fodder overall. Big Daddy provides the good father figure, but his speech pulls off the William Shatner when he dons the costume. As for Red Mist, it kinda feels like he's still trying to escape the McLovin typecast in this film.

As for the overall quality of a Comic Book movie adaptation. I say it's worth watching, at least I stack this movie (and all other comic book movies) above Fantastic 4. As for a potential sequel, probably we won't see that for the next 3 years.

note: My review is on the perspective as if I have not read the comics ever...
Kick-Ass: It's Watchmen minus emotional drama and Dr. Manhattan

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July 17, 2010
I noticed in your reviews that you're not linking them to the communities. Be sure to do that for more exposure and more action in these communities. The Kick-Ass review would look great in For the Love of Comics, in which you're a member! Click here! Cheers!
 
April 25, 2010
I really liked this film, but some of the formulas it followed kept it down, plus it didn't help that the main character was a bit dull when compared to Hit Girl. Nice review.
 
April 25, 2010
I strangely had similar feelings toward the movie.  Although I liked it slightly more.  I felt that Dave himself was the most uninteresting portion of the movie, to be honest.  Once Hit Girl comes on the scene she steals the show. 
 
April 25, 2010
Good review!
 
April 25, 2010
Haha, I love the title of your review! I haven't read the comics either, so we shall see my take on it... Thanks for sharing, man! :)
 
April 21, 2010
very good write up! I liked the way you brought forth your opinion on this movie. I did like the film, and I loved the comic book; I would have to say the film is vastly inferior to the comic. Oh, well...nice review!
May 08, 2010
By the way, thanks again for joining the HYPE community--this review would fit nicely in the community if you wish to link it in. http://www.lunch.com/overhypedmovies
 
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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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