By now you may have heard that Kick-Ass isn't your average comic book-based movie. Instead of your friendly neighborhood heroes who only want to help the innocent, you have a cast of superpower-free renegades who shouldn't be anyone's hero — yet each and every player in Kick-Ass manages to win you over, one filthy word at a time.
Relative unknown Aaron Johnson stars as nerdy, awkward Dave Lizewski (AKA Kick-Ass), a guy who wonders why no regular person has ever tried to be a superhero. Determined to be the first, he puts on a cheap scuba suit and tries his hand at combating crime. Soon, he finds out that he's not the only masked avenger in town when the true badasses — Hit Girl and Big Daddy — come out to play. Played by Nicolas Cage and Chloe Moretz, the father-and-daughter pair are the real fighters who are after crime boss Frank D'Amico.
What follows is a violent, action-filled thrill ride that has you cheering, cringing, and ultimately, wanting more. To hear why, just read more.
I issue my recommendation for this movie with a hearty warning: there's a lot of language that may be offensive and many graphic, gruesome scenes. Where predecessors like Spider-man engage in clean, fast, almost hygienic violence, Kick-Ass uses heavy doses of blood and creative modes of killing. But as someone who has a weak stomach for this kind of thing, I say it's worth it.
The movie is so much fun and so terribly funny, while still pulling off complete originality. Director Matthew Vaughn has a clear, consistent vision, which includes a vibrant aesthetic. But if I'm assigning kudos, in truth, it all goes to the cast. I can't say enough about Moretz, who has no problem going from giggling schoolgirl to terrifying assassin — all with the dirtiest mouth in the movie. Her performance is stunning, standout, and passionate. It's also nothing less than a triumphant turn for Nicolas Cage, who put a smile on my face each time he uttered his lines. I can't forget about Christopher Mintz-Plasse, though; once only known for his Superbad role, he's left McLovin' behind and impresses as the eager but conflicted Red Mist.
It may not be appropriate for all audiences, but for those who are looking for an edgy and exhilarating experience at the movies, Kick-Ass is not to be missed.