Afterthoughts: Kick-Ass

Posted in Film, Reviews
By Andrew Dex on 8 Apr 2010

Many of us as kids read comics, or watched super hero films, and after escaping into these worlds we would want to have super hero powers ourselves, this film is born of that motion. A young and some what over looked high school student Dave Lizewski has a massive love for comics, bored with his life and the day to day pressures of school he decides to become a super hero himself, though with no training and no actual powers it might be a bit tougher than he assumes.

Kick-Ass strips us to the bear bone of human capability as when a fight scene occurs Dave (Now known as Kick-Ass) doesn’t just beat everyone up with one punch like Batman, he takes a good couple of punches himself before he just about wins the fight. So that sense of realism this film brings is one of the coolest aspects about it.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fogell from Superbad) does play a similar kind of character in all of his roles, but hey he is brilliant at it, acting as Dave‘s eventual rival “Red Mist” who gives us some memorable superhero puns he adds a necessary backbone to the film creating a fun atmosphere.

Hurrah Nicolas Cage (Gone in Sixty Seconds, Face Off) is finally back in good films, Wicker Man, Ghost Rider, I think were be happy to let those bad memories go after his outstanding performance as “Big Daddy” in this. We are restored with the reason why we love him as an actor, and again look forward to seeing what he can do in the future.

The way in which some bits were filmed made it iconic, textured in with a soundtrack that has clearly been stolen from the space hit “Sunshine” it quickly manages to turn a comedy moment into a justified emotional fight scene. Genius.

I guess you could state this film as being a superhero, comedy – action flick ? because At times you might feel like your in a Kill Bill movie as you see the young child “Hit Girl” cutting people to bits. At other times you will be submerged into a romantic or comedy scene, always keeping you hooked.

As soon as I hear someone in the audience laughing while shouting that was kick ass, you know this film is surely going to be a favourite amongst many people.

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