Kick Ass tells the story of Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a teenager who wonders why no-one wants to be a superhero anymore and decides to try to be one himself.
Based on Mark Millar’s comic this is a dark and violent, yet humorous, look at the superhero genre.
After a freak incident Dave is left with no sense of pain and he uses this to help craft the persona of Kick Ass. A hero who is cleaning up his neighbourhood.
Alongside the action part of the story plays Dave’s ‘romance’ of Katie Deauxma (Lyndsy Fonseca), who thinks he’s gay and treats him as a friend. This leads to some fairly obvious but pretty funny scenes as Dave uses the situation to his advantage.
In the mix are also Red Mist (the genius Christopher Mintz-Plasse), a superhero wannabe who teams up with Kick Ass, and Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloë Moretz) – a father/daughter combo who are the vigilante real deal.
There was some controversy over Hit Girl as she is a violent, sweary character despite being a child. I can see where the complaints are coming from but the character is supposed to have been trained by her father to be like that and whilst I agree they may have overstepped the mark in some respects the film does not attempt to hide any of this.
If you watch the trailer you know what you’re in for and should be prepared for lots of swearing and lots of violence.
For me this was Nicolas Cage’s best role in years, as he nailed the Big Daddy character and lent him a broken quality that made you feel for him.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, as ever, is brilliant as Red Mist and he delivers some of the stand out moments in the film. The Mistmobile is certainly a sight to behold
The story is standard comic book fare but the characters have believable qualities and the casting is spot on.
Overall then a film that, for me, lives up to the hype for a change. If you aren’t easily offended and don’t mind violence and bad language (even from an 11-year-old) then sit back and enjoy – Kick Ass is one hell of a ride.