Review: Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass (Vaughan)

In the past ten years the comic book movie has exploded into the biggest moneymaking machine in Hollywood. Yet it is with an air of trepidation in which I approach a new comic book movie, as the genre is in danger of becoming stale. It is with great delight that I proclaim Kick Ass to be a complete success – a refreshing take on the classic comic book mythos. It tells the tale of a bunch of real life superheroes with no real powers. Written by comic book scribe Mark Millar, the original comic was a huge hit and directed by Layer Cake helmer Matthew Vaughan.

The hero of the film is Dave Lizewski (newcomer Aaron Johnson), a typical geeky high school kid who dreams of being a real life superhero. He buys a cheap latex suit online and begins his caped crusades. What spawns from here is a brilliantly paced and ultra violent story with some of the most impressively edited action scenes in years. Alongside Dave’s alter ego ‘Kick Ass’ are Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) and Big Daddy, played by Nicolas Cage, showing again that he is one of the most versatile actors working today. They play another group of homemade superheroes, also out to defeat local crime boss Frank D’Amico.

What is most impressive about Kick Ass is that it is fully aware that it is a superhero movie – it doesn’t take itself too seriously, the humour is very tongue-in-cheek and full of comic book references, while never appearing pretentious. The tone shifts from absurdly hilarious to edge of your seat action without the film feeling disjointed. Also, moviegoers who are not usually fans of the genre need not worry as there are plenty of laughs not aimed at the comic geeks. Audiophiles should listen out for a great, fitting soundtrack, featuring John Murphy’s 28 Days Later Theme and a couple of blistering Prodigy tracks.

For me, Kick Ass is the most fun I’ve had at the cinema this year and can’t wait to see it again. It’s full of great action scenes and a lot of laughs. Here we have a superhero movie for the YouTube generation and it’s fantastic

Rating: 9/10

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