High schooler Dave Lizewski is invisible to nearly everyone around him. Even his father hardly notices him. Dave dreams of what life would be like if the world was like his comic books. On a whim, a girl causes him to see if he can make it happen. Without powers and virtually without any real training, he adorns a suit but fails to make a difference with his first heroic attempt. Requiring months of recovery and a new set of metal plates, he realizes the punishment he can take and sets out to be a hero again, now with the name Kick-Ass. Meanwhile, a crime fighting family duo, Hit Girl and Big Daddy, continue to pursue the crime boss Frank D’Amico. In an attempt to save Katie from a group of thugs, the duo meet Kick-Ass and bring him into the fold. In an attempt to bring an end to both Big Daddy and Kick-Ass, D-Amico employs a strategy to use his son under the persona Red Mist to lure Kick-Ass into a trap.
Starring: Aaron Johnson (Dave Lizewski), Evan Peters (Todd), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Chris D’Amico), Mark Strong (Frank D’Amico), Michael Rispoli (Big Joe), Chloe Grace Moretz (Mindy Macready), Nicholas Cage (Damon Macready)
This team of superheroes is led by the teenager Kick-Ass, played by Aaron Johnson. He mimics some of the elements of Tobey McGuire from Spiderman as he manages to survive the invisibility experienced in high school with the development of new powers and responsibility. Of course, Kick-Ass’s powers come from metal plates that allow him to take a punch, but Johnson does a great job representing himself as a kid who is in over his head. Christopher Mintz-Plasse serves as his “sidekick” Red Mist and plays both sides of the line. As the son of a crime boss, he seeks out the attention and acceptance of his strong-willed father. As the teenager, he shows his immaturity. The crime fighting duo is played by Nicholas Cage and Chloe Moretz. Cage is the veteran action star, but Moretz is a newcomer that steals the scene each time she comes out fighting.
There are definitely a number of superhero films out there that look at a struggling teenager who comes across an opportunity for something greater. Matthew Vaughn takes a different look at the rise of a hero. In this film, there are no special powers or gadgets (except near the end). There is simply a kid who sees a need for someone to take charge and make a change. What compliments this story so well is the great quantity of scenes that simply have fun. When Cage and Moretz share the scene where they test the impact of bullets on bulletproof vests, you flinch and then crack up from the insanity of the action of a father shooting his daughter in the chest. Every scene with Hit Girl involves bad guys meeting their end at the hands of a plucky, extremely dangerous young fighter. When Kick-Ass and Red Mist come to blows, they both show their inexperience and naivety with violence.
All in all, this is a fun action comedy and deserves some attention for its creativity and catchy dialogue.
Dan’s Rating: 4.0/5