Rule-breaking, action packed, hormone filled, never ending humor defines the latest “superhero” movie, Kick-Ass. From director Matthew Vaughn and writer Mark Millar comes the story of Dave Lizewski, played by Aaron Johnson, a high school geek whose main interests are comic books and making daily deposits into his whackoff warehouse while visions of his English teacher’s boobs replay in his mind. That is until he takes his dreams of becoming a superhero and turns it into a reality. Ordering a green wet suit off the Internet, Dave turns himself into Kick-Ass, the superhero with no super powers.
After a brief and accidental run in with some gang members, he becomes a Youtube celebrity and soon catches the eye of well known druglord Frank D’Amico, played by Mark Strong. After D’Amico blames Kick-Ass for problems within in his drug operations, he sets up his son Chris, played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, as an imposter hero named Red Mist, whose ultimate goal is to earn trust and then betray Kick-Ass.
Then Hit Girl comes along. Hit Girl, played by the talented Chloe Moretz, is the youngest expert of weaponry who uses her talents to avenge the untimely death of her mother. With her vulgar mouth and violent attitude, her and Big Daddy, played by Nicholas Cage, have fun wreaking havoc on the city’s major law breakers, expecially Frank D’Amico. With their ultimate crime fighting skills, they team up with Kick-Ass to take down D’Amico and his mob of loyal followers in one big final fight scene, that shames most other action films.
And of course, the teen comedy would not be complete without the typical sarcastic sidekicks played by Clark Duke and Evan Peters, who mainly have sex and video games on their mind, which provides extra comedic relief in the few somewhat serious scenes in the movie.
It was refreshing to see the most intense and skilled “superhero” as a girl who hadn’t even made it to high school yet. To watch such a powerful prepubescent girl kicking the crap out of experienced middle-aged men, I think I found a new role model.
But not everyone feels the same way.
Although this is an extremly humorous movie, the addition of constant cursing and gore from Hit Girl led to backlash from critics about the language and behavior she displays in the film.
But regardless of the controversy surrounding this young girl’s vulgar tongue, this is a must-see!