Kick-Ass

 

 

For those looking for pure, unadulterated fun, this is the film for you. Director Matthew Vaughn had the confidence to defy the Hollywood producers who deemed the graphic novel ‘too risky’ to make and produced the film himself allowing himself total freedom to make the film he wanted; despite it being only his third film, the result is a fantastically entertaining film leaps and bounds ahead of Layer Cake and Stardust. What Enchanted was for the Disney film, Kick-Ass is for the Superhero film, a tongue-in-cheek tribute that also stands alone as a hugely entertaining film in its own right. It’s a film that couldn’t exist without previous comic book films and it acknowledges that. The misleading opening scene hits you like a punch to the face and cheekily establishes the tone for the rest of the film.

The story begins with typical high school-nerd Dave Lizeweski who, sick of being mugged every five minutes, questions why no one has ever tried to be a superhero. He buys a wetsuit online, fashions a costume and hits the streets only to find that it’s a lot harder that it looks in the comics. In a great reference to wolverine, after his first unsuccessful vigilante attempt he ends up in the hospital having metal plates on some of his bones. Seeing his antics online, father- daughter team Nicholas cage and Chloe Moretz also become superheroes but in a whole different league to Kick-ass’s fairly inadequate attempts. Not giving too much else away in terms of plot this captures the attention of mob Boss Frank D’amico, who suffice to say is none too pleased at his henchmen being thwarted; building up to an explosive finale.
The real star of the film and undoubtedly the one everyone will be talking about is the young Chloe Moretz who plays Hit-Girl. As a kind of Angelina Jolie-Bride-from-Kill-Bill hybrid she’s one of the most badass female heroines ever to grace the screen, this foul mouthed twelve year old is a force to be reckoned with and Miss Moretz is definitely someone to watch out for in the future. As for Nicholas Cage, not being a huge fan of him myself I must admit I was slightly cynical about him but was pleasantly surprised. His performance is genuinely funny and his Adam West vigilante voice is laugh out loud funny.
Jane Goldman (aka Mrs Jonathan Ross) is once again paired with Vaughn as screenwriter, something I hope will continue as her scripts complement Vaughn’s style perfectly, injecting humour, mischief and cheeky comic book references into every scene. Even if you’re not much of a comic book fan this is one film definitely worth a look, though don’t expect High School musical innocence, this is a surprisingly adult film, staying true to its source material and remaining all the more exciting for it.

 

Verdict:*****

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