They can't fly, move super fast or shoot out fire balls, but they can kick your ass!
Have you ever wondered why nobody in real life ever tries to be a super hero? I mean it can't be that complicated to do. All you have to do is come up with a costume and a fake alias, and your a new super hero. What could be so hard about that? Oh yeah...other than the fact that you can royally get your a** kicked, and possibly killed. However, who wouldn't want to be a super hero? After all, you would be involved in saving other people's lives on a daily basis, with little to no reward other than knowing you did the right thing. Of course, you would be revered by the city, but bad guys would try to always kill you. But hey, no situation is perfect as you'd be making a difference in people's lives. At least Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) seems to think so.
Dave is just your typical everyday teenage comic book nerd, who lives a very mundane social life everyday. Struggling in school with girls, bullies, and homework. Where his only passions in life are talking to his buddies, at the comic book store, about super heroes, while pleasuring himself thinking about his english teacher's breasts. Indeed, there's really nothing special about Dave that one would think would cause him to become a real life super hero. He has no powers or weapons. Heck, he doesn't even know how to fight, so what could possibly motivate him to take on gang members and organized crime? What about good intentions? After all, as he's been quoted: "Spider-Man's uncle said once with great power, comes great responsibility. Does that mean with no power, comes no responsibility? So what I'm not a real hero with any super powers or a motive? However, I am armed with good intentions so in the end, isn't that all that matters?" Some of you reading this, may think that the kid is completely out of his mind thinking that way. I did too when I first learned of this film's plot. However, when you stop to think about it, Dave does make a fairly good argument.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that we should all make pretend costumes and fight crime as super heroes, as that would just be freaking crazy. However, as Dave notices various injustices in the world, he starts to wonder why doesn't anyone do anything about it? When him and his friends were getting robbed, by gang members, after leaving the comic shop; a local person saw the whole incident from their window, outside of their apartment. Yet they said nothing in fear of the gang coming after them. Sure, it's easy to understand how that person didn't want to risk their own life for a complete stranger. However, why didn't that person at least call the police to help Dave and his friends? After all, isn't that the right thing to do? Would you have done the same thing? Or would you have tried to help Dave and his buddies? Why do we in society over look various injustices in our world just to save our own skins? After all, we all talk about how we would want to live in a world free of crime, but seldom few ever have the courage to do something about it. Hence, the realization of Dave's decision to become a hero. Sure, he's probably way in over his head but at least, he's willing to put his life on the line to help others. In my book, that makes Dave a far better hero than any comic book super hero to date for that reason alone. Unlike Batman or Spider-Man, he didn't a traumatic experience to inspire him to be a hero. No, he did it because it was the right thing to do.
Therefore, Dave turns a scuba suit he buys, through the internet, into a super hero costume, and creates his own facebook page, under the new alias known as Kick-Ass. On this Kick-Ass facebook page, Dave would plan to answer fan mail and take request from those that need his help. Unfortunately for him, he royally gets beat up the first few tries, as it's apparently obvious he doesn't know how to fight. Hence, making his idealistic dream a bit harder than he thought. As Damon Macready/Big-Daddy (Nicholas Cage) said critiquing Kick-Ass' fighting style, "he should call himself Ass-Gets-Kicked instead." Yeah, it was literally that bad, as Dave ends up in the hospital beaten and stabbed nearly to death by gang members, on his first try to be a super hero. Normally, that would probably discourage most people from ever trying to be a hero again, but it doesn't for Dave. Like most heroes, Dave refuses to give up. Something you got to admire about the guy, even though it probably would've been better to learn how to fight before becoming a super hero. Just my thoughts anyway.
What I love most about the character, Kick-Ass/Dave, is that he's a real person who goes through everyday problems like the rest of us. Sure, Dave may come off as the typical cliche main protagonist, in these type of films, but the way Aaron Johnson portrays him makes him seem like a genuine character that most people could relate to. Through Aaron's performance of Kick-Ass/Dave, he was able to convey the main protagonist's ambitions and intentions quite beautifully and convincingly without hamming it up. Which would've probably been way to easy to do, considering that the whole premise of the movie is a guy who becomes a super hero for no other reason than it's the right thing to do.
Then there's Chloe Moretz (Hit-Girl/Mindy Macready) and Nicholas Cage's performances as the costumed vigilantes known as Big-Daddy and his eleven year old sidekick, Hit-Girl. Unlike Kick-Ass who is supposed to represent the real life interpretation of us if we ever dared try to become a super hero, Hit-Girl and Big Daddy are actually masked vigilantes who do have a strong motive to take on the mafia. Specifically crime lord, Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong), who was responsible for the death of Damon's wife. Hence, his training of himself and his daughter to become one serious crime fighting unit. Unlike Kick-Ass who's skills are amateurish at best when it comes to crime fighting, Big-Daddy and Hit-Girl are actually pretty good at it. As they not only manage to kill and terrorize many of D'Amico's men, but they're able to do it without drawing too much attention to themselves. In fact, throughout most of the film, D'Amico assumes that the masked vigilante taking out his men was Kick-Ass.
Nicholas Cage channels his inner Adam West's version of Batman, to portray the infamous Big-Daddy. Which needless to say, comes off rather comical and clever, when you see this corny talking crime fighter blowing other men's head off with a rifle.
Then there's Hit-Girl, who almost steals the show from Kick-Ass. As Chloe Moretz not only does a fantastic job playing the smart mouthed and spunky young hero, but she adds a lot of charisma to the role that's too hard to ignore. In fact, I loved every single scene she was in, as it was freaking hilarious to watch a young girl swear as much as she did. Or watch her take on and beat up several men at once, who were all at least three times her size. Displaying fighting style moves that would even make the late Bruce Lee jealous, as she was just that good. Indeed, I loved watching Chloe Moretz grow as actress, as I enjoyed her previous roles in "500 Days of Summer" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." Although I have yet to see her previous work in other films, I think I will after watching "Kick-Ass." For you see, Chloe seems to display a very strong charismatic presence about her, and she's very versatile as an actress, which are two things I look for in following an actor/actress. Thus, if Chloe continues to make movies, then she can count me as being one of her new fans. Like her character, Hit-Girl, she displays skills that are way beyond her years, which shows a lot of promise.
Plus, lets not forget the satiristic style of the story. As the film not only pokes fun at some of the cliches of the genre, but it also shows a dark twisted sense of humor that will leave audiences laughing even when there's a lot of violence involved. Like the one scene where Hit-Girl takes out an entire room full of gang members is simply hilarious to watch, as she takes them out with ease while having the "Banana Splits" theme song playing during the scene. Indeed, I was unable to stop laughing when I saw that scene. Plus, there's even one scene in the movie that plays out like a "First-Person Shooter game", that was not only violent, but it was rather comical. In fact, I can't remember the last time I've had so much fun watching a super hero film.
Sadly, that's also part of the problem. As great as "Kick-Ass" was, it was also too violent at times. In fact, most of the movie's action scenes often involved a lot of bloodshed and violence that might turn off a lot of viewers. However, if your willing to look past the movie's violent and bloody scenes, then you might find a great satire of the super hero genre sweeping Hollywood these days.
Although this film may not appeal to everyone due to it's rather violent nature, but it's still a great film. In fact, out of all of the super hero films I've ever seen, this was probably by far one of the best and most original. Featuring likeable characters that are impossible to hate, while show casing them in not just any world...but our world. Showing just how our world would be like if real people like you and me decided to become super heroes. Showing how exploits of a hero would end up all over sites like facebook and youtube, as we all know it would. Plus, I loved the satire style of this film. Overall, "Kick-Ass" kicks major ass when it comes to being a quality film. I'd highly recommend it.
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