Movie Review: Kick-Ass, The Movie that Keeps Its Promise

by Stephanie Russo


Its title alone reveals that this movie brings a new experience to the superhero world we know. Kick-Ass has become one of the most controversial films of our time with its jam-packed taste of ultra-violence, vulgar lingo, and a plot that keeps its audience on edge. Aside from its notorious features, Kick-Ass is this summer’s first must-see film.

Kick-Ass is based off of a Marvel Comics comic book series written by Mark Miller and illustrated by John Romita, Junior. The comic series launched in the February of 2008 and was a major success in the comic book world. Remarkably, Hollywood has not changed much of the comic in the movie, a pleasant surprise for comic fans who have been disappointed by the inconsistency of other recent comic book films.

Aaron Johnson as 'Kick-Ass'

The 2010 film version of Kick-Ass presents Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) as an ordinary, unnoticeable, comic book-reading high school student. Dave’s wildest dreams of real-life superheroes comes true once he decides to become one himself, taking the title of “Kick-Ass.” Kick-Ass begins his superhero life with very little success. During his first attempt at heroism he wears a clearance scuba suit paired with a lethal baton.  He wakes up in an ambulance brutally beaten, stabbed, and hit by a car, and ends up with metal implants and faulty nerve endings.

Despite this initial hiccup, Kick-Ass meets Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Hit Girl (Chloë Moretz), and Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and is able to find his place in the superhero world. When Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong), the city’s core crime syndicator, mistakenly blames Kick-Ass for killing members of his organization, he sets his henchmen out for Kick-Ass’ blood. The story continues down this wanna be superhero-infested path, leading to a ciematic end that leaves viewers flabbergasted.

Under the direction of Matthew Vaughn, this film unfolds into one of the most exhilarating superhero adventures of all time. The most prominent feature that captivates audiences is the pedantically choreographed fight scenes. Viewers see Hit Girl as the most adept when she breaks out of her shell and “kicks-ass.” Her moves can be thoroughly vulgar and gruesome, but their orchestration is flawless; it would be a shame not to watch the scene. These scenes are highlighted by advanced weaponry, martial arts moves, and vibrant costumes. As the movie rolls forward, the fights increase in intensity, fascinating viewers enough to hold their attention for the whole hour and fifty-three minutes of film.

Chloe Moretz as 'Hit Girl'

Hit Girl has has invited the much controversy in Kick-Ass, and not only because of her character’s brutality.  She uses an unusually large dose of uncouth language. This mixture of violence and vulgarity has become a concern to the more conservative viewers, as the actress was only eleven when the movie was filmed. In a recent interview on E!, Moretz seems unphased by her character, instead solely excited for the movie premier.

Whether you’re a superhero buff or simply love witty humor and bone-crunching action, then Kick-Ass should be high on your list of priorities this summer. Kick-Ass is one movie that truly lives up to its name.


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