Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is your average high school student; he's not a sports jock, head of the class, class clown, or even a nerd. He's just an average guy with a hobby, collecting comics. He soon becomes bored with his life and wonders how come no one has ever tried to become a superhero in real life. He likes the idea of just helping people for nothing. He dons an outfit, naming himself "Kick-Ass" and soon heads out into the streets with intentions on fighting crime. But he will eventually learn there's more to being a superhero than what he's read in the comics. -summary
As usual, when coming into comic book to films I almost always try to completely ignore the original source material, and don't expect a page by page re-telling. I know there are going to be some changes here and there, even some slicing and dicing, so I normally watch the movie as a movie. It's rare for me to bash a movie just because it's different; there have to be other serious issues with it for me to come out ripping it apart. However, things are a little different with the film Kick-Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughn, and is based on the graphic novel of the same name written by Mark Millar. The original source material had an in your face message, as well as a commentary on people taking these comic books way too god damn seriously. For the most part, I would say that the point wasn't missed, while on other occasions it appeared that H-Wood didn't understand the point Millar was making in the first place. Nothing new with them as we all should know by now.
Kick-Ass follows Dave as he learns that being a superhero in New York City isn't as easy as it looks in the comics(I love the bluntness in his friends rational way of seeing this and giving their thoughts on the subject). Along the way, he soon encounters two individuals who are the real deal; Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage). These two are not the Superman and Spiderman types who fight crime but also try to preserve life, instead, more on the line of the Punisher as they leave all of their enemies, normally criminals, on ice in a bloody display of over the top violence. Their antics later endanger a mob boss who blames Kick-Ass for the hits on his operations.
The characters and the action are the main selling points here. Dave is very well develop as that average guy with a good heart, and there's at least one scene that truly defines him as a hero, in which, this is what sets things in motion. However, the show-stealer is indeed the young Hit-Girl, as she provides the best action scenes in the movie. Nothing is left up to the imagination here, and those who are unfamiliar with the comic are going to leave thinking they saw something cool. The action is just splendid all around and action junkies are going to feel their time was well spent. The special effects are also a plus depicting the brutal violence. The acting is worth mentioning, and the characters fit their roles very well. Hit-Girl is extremely potty mouthed, but I believe it was a perfect fit for the style of the film. This was also Nicholas Cage's most entertaining role in a long time.
Now even though I like to ignore the original source material, but I just can't find myself doing it here. There's quite a bit of fan-service that pays homage to the graphic novel, in fact, it almost felt like it followed it page by page. Some of the changes really didn't bother me, while others bothered me a whole lot. Although they looked cool, the costumes were way too stylish and tailored made for the characters, which causes the style to lose that gritty feel. The book was quite different here, as the costumes appeared as garments that were just laying around in the closet. I also didn't like Big Daddy's motive here, as it completely misses the point Millar was trying to make, in addition, it completely loses that shocking revelation found in the comic, when you learn how come Big Daddy was doing what he's doing. Someone up top just didn't understand the original story. The removal of certain dialog was an issue too. There's a very memorable line from the graphic novel, where a thug states something along the lines; "Those comics really messed up your mind kid. You can't do this Batman shit in real life!" As hilarious that line appears to me, on a serious note it sums up Millar's vision, and I feel some of the point to the story is missed.
Some people feel Kick-Ass is the best superhero movie ever, mainly due to the over the top action scenes. I won't argue with these folks, especially if they never read the comic and don't care to later. It's a very entertaining movie that I've seen several times already, and I think fans of the original soruce material will get into it. I highly recommend this to action fans, and I highly recommend reading the Kick-Ass graphic novel either before or after this movie. However, if you have something against child violence then stay away. The movie has a 117 minute run time.
Pros: -Highly action packed, characters
Cons: -Some of the message of the graphic novel is lost
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 … more
***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), … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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? … more
Doesn't get worse nor does it get better on repeated watches. I enjoy the action and the characters, plus it has a very good soundtrack. It's just unfortunate that the essence of the comic was lost in translation. The comic is gritty and has far more depth. If you come into this, please give the comic a look as well.
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 ...