April 19, 2010
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Another comic book themed movie. With Nicolas Cage?! really? Well, naysayers be prepared to swallow your words. Kick-Ass is a well crafted and stylish film. Despite a few hiccups, it connects with the audience and surprises them.
The movie is an origin movie, in that we learn all about how Kick-Ass becomes a superhero. Aaron Johnson does a great job of embodying both Kick-Ass and Dave, the boy who thinks the idea of being a superhero up. The film also features Nicholas Cage as a slightly campy (in a good way) Batman look-alike called Big Daddy, whose sidekick is his foul-mouthed 12-year-old daughter (Hit Girl). Anyone who has seen the movie knows that Hit Girl steals every scene she’s in. Hostel director Eli Roth said on his twitter that she deserves an Oscar for the role. After seeing the film, I agree. She was definitely the best part of the movie for me.
The villain is played by Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes). Why can’t this guy play a good guy, I think he’d be great at it. He’s a gangster of sorts who, once Big Daddy and Hit Girl upsets one of his schemes, to eradicate them and Kick Ass to flex his power over the city.
The film feels a bit long in some points, more than likely in attempts to take the written original material and doing it justice. Overall, it’s a good action flick. There is humor for many different ages, and well crafted stunts. Definitely not a waste of money to go see. 3 out of 5 stars.