Friday, June 18, 2010


Directed by Matthew Vaughn

Starring: Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz

Based on the mini-series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

Release Date: April 16, 2010

It's not a bird, it's not a plane, it's Kick-Ass the movie! Based on the comic by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., Matthew Vaughn brings their deconstruction of a fan boy wanting to be a real superhero to the big screen.Dave (Aaron Johnson) lives a boring life; no girl, no popularity, nothing. Until one day, he decides to become a superhero to help the downtrodden and fight crime: then gets hit by a car. Meanwhile, a mysterious figure who dresses like Batman is terrorizing Gangster Frank D'Amico, with a young girl in tow. This movie is made for comic fans; it both loving mocks and embraces the comic book world. There are tons of references to comic books, from Steve Ditko-era Spider-Man comics, to Scott Pilgrim (There's even a refernce to The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly). The casting is top notch, from Johnson as geeky Dave/Kick-ass, Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl, to Nicolas Cage as Damon/Big Daddy and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Chris D'Amico/Red Mist. The movie also brings up interesting ideas about standing up to crime and real villainy vs comic book villainy. If you're not abhorred by over-the-top action/language, go see Kick-Ass.

Rating: * * * * * of 5

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