2010 brought us many things, such as the Winter Olympics, BP’s infamous oil spill, and most importantly, Universal Studios and Marv Films released the brilliant film, Kick Ass, based off of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr’s comic book.
The film depicts your average, nerdy high schooler, Dave Lezewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who has a vivid imagination that leaves him wondering why nobody has ever thought to take to the streets as a superhero. He decides to be the first to don the get-up, despite what his two best buds have to say, and takes to the street as Kick Ass! Along the way, he encounters more crime bosses than you or I generally encounter on a daily basis, and finds himself in some pretty sticky situations such as getting stabbed the first time he’s on the streets in his hero-esque attire. To his advantage, Kick Ass discovers that there’s more heroes out there than just hisself when Hit Girl (Chloe Grace-Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) save his ass in the home of one of the baddies he confronts. Hit Girl and Big Daddy have quite a bit of crime fighting under their wing and decide to take Kick Ass under their wing. The crime boss of all crime bosses, Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong), finds it hard to believe that some guy dressed as a superhero is killing off all of his boys until his son, Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), catches it on film. The latter mentioned D’Amico chooses to don a cape and mask himself under the name Red Mist. Red Mist, however, is defending his father and his estates, not the city that they reside in. Escalating from there, D’Amico finds himself defending his estates from Hit Girl, Big Daddy, and Kick Ass.
The story in this film is quite intriguing, and is a stray from the path of the bulk of superhero movies. Not only that, but the film also had many differences from the comic book, so it was unpredictable to both those who are fans of the book, and those whom may have never taken the time to read it. There was many laugh out loud scenes included in this film, many of which come from the quirky, unexpected, and explicit humor that fan-favorite, Hit Girl, brings to the table. The action was over the top, very gruesome, sometimes hilarious, and overall just plain badass. Where this film really draws its appeal is the acting cast. Johnson, Cage, Grace-Moretz, and Mintz-Plasse do an outstanding job bringing the characters to life from the pages within the comic book.
If I could make a gripe about this movie, it would be that it’s been out on both DVD and Blu Ray, it’s sequel, Kick Ass 2, was just released, it’s been confirmed that there was additional footage cut from the movie, and there IS NO DIRECTOR’S CUT! To me, this movie had so much that it brought to the table, that I wanted more beyond the theatrical cut. It’s a shame that bonus footage wasn’t released, but I’m gonna keep my fingers crossed that maybe one day it’ll come to light.
The score for this film was definitely well constructed for this film. There was a lot of scenes that were a lot more exciting due to the choice of music attached. One prime example of this would be towards the end of the film, during one of Hit Girl’s showcases of badassery, Bad Reputation (ironically by The Hit Girls) plays, and it really gets you more pumped as you’re watching blood splatter. Another awesome example of the Kick Ass soundtrack being so great only requires two words: John Murphy. This phenomenal composer did music for 28 Days and Weeks Later and does not disappoint with his work. One of the tracks, In the House (In a Heartbeat), is actually featured in the film that was initially from the 28 franchise. There are a few songs on the soundtrack that are definitely worth checking out if you don’t already have them in your musical library. While there are some songs that make certain scenes more memorable, there are also some songs that are just completely forgettable. The soundtrack is solid, but not perfect
Kick Ass brings an original experience to the table, that can’t be found anywhere else outside of the comic books. This film is by far in the top few of my favorite comic films of all time. The cast of Johnson, Cage, Grace-Moretz, and Mintz-Plasse to name a few both completes and exceeds the challenge of bringing these characters to life from within the pages of the comic book. Everything from the emotion to the humor feels real, which is a hard thing to pull off given the territory of a film that has an arguably juvenile and cliche story at heart. If you’ve managed to spend the last three years without seeing this film, you shouldn’t spend another minute without seeing it, and should go out and pick up or rent a copy as soon as you can. It’s definitely worth a watch in Blu Ray, if you’re capable of doing so, as there are some very vivid colors and effects in the movie. For those of you who have seen it, you’re headed at least somewhat in the right direction in your life, I assure you.0 90 100 1