Kick Ass by Mathew Vaughn is another one of the movies in the presently over exploited genre of Super heroes. But what could have been a underwhelming adaptation of the Marvel comics turns out to be super entertaining and very surprisingly fresh take on the Genre – kind of like what Nolan’s Batman did. Now any movie that gets compared to Nolan’s work is worthy of attention.
Kick Ass is the story of Dave Lizewski , an ordinary New York high school kid who “has no power and thus no responsibilities” and his only real super power is “a slightly heightened ability to take kicking”. Following a mugging incident he resolves to fight crime and becomes a masked vigilante. His first super-heroic attempt at saving a man’s life while fighting off 3 villains is captured on cell phone cameras by teenagers in a diner and he suddenly becomes an internet sensation!( how very 21st century). When not donning the green wet-suit he plays the gay bff to Katie the girl he wants to score in high school.
Without going too much into the story and spoiling it for the ones who have not seen it – the story also features Nicholas cage who for once doesn’t bore me half to death and is quite solid in his itsy bitsy role. Cage plays “Big Daddy” to Chloe Grace-Mortez’s foul mouthed “Hit Girl”
Kick ass does feel at times like homage to “The Dark Knight” with subtle hints at the masterpiece in terms of the choice of background score and the wide sweeping shots of the newyork skyline (TDK has chicago) and also in not-so-subtle ways like the bat-suit that “Big Daddy” dons.
Aaron Johnson who plays Dave/KickAss is solid as a geeky super hero and his awkwardness feels genuine. Christopher Mintz-Plasse reprises his Mclovin persona from Superbad ( a movie that I wasn’t a big fan of) as the son of the crime kingpin Franco D’Amcio played ably by the most able of the super-villains Mark Strong ( Sherlock Holmes, Stardust). Chole Grace-Mortez is a revelation as the pigtailed-cutie who kicks some serious ass. This movie was rated R for its strong language and violence and Chloe wasn’t allowed to see the movie herself (amjustsaying).
I enjoyed Matthew Vaughn’s previous Stardust more than I should’ve but it also featured and ensemble of characters whose casting seemed unusual at first ( Robert Di Nero as a closet cross-dresser I mean come on!) and similarly the casting here is also a little unusual , its unpredictable and that’s why it is so much fun. Plus unlike (the overhyped) Scott Pilgrim VS the world where Michael Cera played the hapless super-hero ( well since he fought super-villains) this movie doesn’t feel the least bit forced. Its awkward humor doesn’t seem forced. This has increased by excitement a million times over for the next Matthew Vaughn feature “X-Men First Class”.
Kick Ass Kicked some major ASS!
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