By Tristan Meiman
In the past few years, there have been a number of movies based on comic book super heroes (Batman Begins, Spider-Man, Superman Returns, Iron Man, etc.) But, in one movie this semester, a new hero was born, and his name is Kick-Ass.
It didn’t take long to sell me on the movie; I knew it was going to be great within the first two minutes.
It begins with the main character’s narration to set moviegoers up for what Kick-Ass was all about. What really sold me was a scene with a nameless hero – let’s call him “Hero A” – who thought a costume with wings was bound to make him fly.
Shortly after jumping off a tall structure, people below began applauding “Hero A” in hopes of seeing this man fly. With triumphant music blaring, “Hero A” began falling faster and faster, only to fall helplessly to the ground, faceplanting into a taxicab.
After nearly falling out of my seat, I regained myself for the rest of the movie.
Aaron Johnson stars as Dave Lizewski, a high school nerd who shares a common love of comic books with the nerd that lies within all of us.
After witnessing constant crimes and realizing no one would do anything to stop them, he takes it upon himself to don a green scuba suit armed with two batons. Thus, Kick-Ass was born.
His first attempt to foil crime, heroic as it is, ends up with him getting stabbed by a street thug. To make matters worse, Kick-Ass gets bashed by a car and is left unconscious while the driver just keeps on going.
Kick-Ass’ accident causes him to lose feeling in most of his nerve endings, and he’s also forced to undergo surgery, which places metal plates into most of his body.
With new metal plates and the ability to not feel pain, Kick-Ass’ job becomes a lot easier. Kick-Ass later teams up with Mindy Macready, aka Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), and her father Damon Macready, aka Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage), who dresses up like a poor-man’s Batman.
Damon brought up his daughter to be able to take care of herself in the worst of situations. And, when I mean worst of situations, I mean when an 11-year-old girl takes out a room full of street thugs with just the use of knives.
I loved how this movie had its balance of both comedy, as well as action in the comic book genre. The movie had a perfect amount of shear bad-assary (yes, that’s a word now) that left you satisfied, but waiting for the next thing to happen. The dialog between each character was perfect for each given situation, whether it would be three friends chatting at a comic book shop, or a father correcting their daughter on how to take a gunshot to the chest.
There’s almost nothing not to like about Kick-Ass. The idea’s original enough to be funny (Mystery Men is the only movie with a similar concept I can think of), and it’s executed very well. Overall, the movie is quite amazing.
Filled with laughs, action and wannabe comic super heroes, this movie has it all. I definitely recommend this movie to anyone who loves comic book movies, or just good comedy in general.
The title of the movie says it all.