Sunday, September 8, 2013

Movie Review: "Kick-Ass" (2010)

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Movie: "Kick-Ass"
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Year: 2010
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 57 minutes

Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is your everyday comic book nerd. He always wondered why no one in the real world tried to dawn an outfit and become a superhero. He has the bright idea of doing this himself, to be the first to become his own superhero, who he called Kick-Ass. His first attempt at being a superhero didn't turn out the way he wanted and Kick-Ass got his ass kicked, well, stabbed to be exact, and then run over by a car. After recovering from his injuries and with nerve damage that makes him not fell all the pain that is inflicted upon him, he gives it another go, and in the process, meets Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his daughter Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), who are real ass kickers. Dave starts to get credit for Big Daddy's actions, and becomes the target of mafioso Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong). Dave must rise to the challenge or lose his life.

This is a very creative and well throughout out superhero movie. None of the characters have real superpowers, though Big Daddy is modeled after Batman; Nicolas Cage even takes it as far as mimicking Adam West's campy talking style/performance, which is quite comical. The more gritty R-rated comic book films are still very much alive and viable (as long as the budget doesn't become too bloated). "Kick-Ass" does very well with its limited budget and relatively newer main actors, aside from Cage, who probably did the film out of his love for comics themselves. It's full of very graphic violence, and obviously not for younger children (as the rating suggests), but older teens and adults who enjoy comic book style films will like this movie.

My Rating: 8.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 10/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%
Do we recommend this movie: I say yes, BigJ says ABSOLUTELY YES!!!

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