Kick-Ass is the newest movie by Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., starring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong and Nicolas Cage.
Dave (Aaron Johnson) is a normal teenager who likes to read comic books and gets beat up a lot. But then one day he decides that, actually, nothing is keeping him from donning a superhero suit and changing the world for the better. This seems to work fine for about 30 seconds and then Dave is in over his head.
Kick-Ass is a fantastic, amazingly disturbing and definitely defining movie. Though I don’t like the morale of it, I can recognise an instant classic when I see it. And Kick-Ass is it.
Kick-Ass makes me feel old. It seems it’s a movie made for the generation that comes after mine. I’ve been mulling this over and I think that Kick-Ass might be for that generation what Fight Club was for mine… and that’s a scary thought for so many reasons. Not the least of which is that there is a generation after me that is old enough to see this film.
But enough about me. This is supposed to be a review after all.
I’ve had my problems with the resolution of the story (and I haven’t yet read the comic, so I don’t know how much is in the comic and what was changed). I didn’t like the morale – that in the end [SPOILER] Dave starts using the methods of the psychos like Big Daddy and Hit Girl (and boy, are they ever psychos). Up until the very end, his role is one of somebody who shows civil courage, mostly. Who is pretty revolted by BD and HG’s murderous tendencies. And instead of leaving it that way and therefore drawing a clear line between acceptable behaviour from “heros” and inacceptable behaviour, he joins in the whole thing and he can only resolve the situation like that. Did not like that at all. [/SPOILER]
But apart from that, it was a fantastic movie. Matthew Vaughn outdid himself in pretty much all categories, unfortunately also the violence. [People, L4yer Cake made me cringe already. Kick-Ass is worse.] I don’t have a problem with violent movies [though I have to admit that the audience worried me a little bit… they were laughing at stuff that made me completely uncomfortable] but you’ve got to have a good stomach for this film.
The cast is really good. (And I feel a bit like a pedophile saying this, but Aaron Johnson is really cute.) It was nice to see Nicolas Cage in a good movie and Mark Strong actually worked as the villain in this film.
Oh, and the soundtrack was really nice.
Summarising, if you can stand excessive violence, Kick-Ass is not a movie you should miss.