April 16, 2010

Kick-Ass - 2010

Director: Matthew Vaughn
Writers: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong

"With no power comes no responsibility." Dave (Johnson) is your typical high school comic book geek, nothing remarkable about him at all, who wonders why no one ever tried being a superhero in the real world. Despite warnings from his friends, he goes ahead with it, ordering a brightly-colored wetsuit online for his costume and makes a brave attempt to fight local crime. While initially unsuccessful, his first semi-success inspires two more heroes: Big Daddy (Cage) and Hit Girl (Moretz). Before long, however, local mobster Frank D'Amico (Strong) soon tires of the new heroes interfering in his business, and sends his son Chris (Mintz-Plasse) under the guise of Red Mist to infiltrate and take down the other heroes, with some help from his seemingly-infinite goon squad.

I admit to loving this film unabashedly. The film's performances are fantastic (especially Cage's Adam West-inspired vocal stylings), despite the newcomer status of most of the cast. Just like Sherlock Holmes, Strong makes a great villain, and although Mintz-Plasse hasn't quite shed the McLovin association, a possible sequel for the film might allow him to do so. Far and above all others, though, is Moretz as Hit Girl. She says and does things I never expected to hear and see from a 12-year-old girl, but she does it to an award-winning level. The writing is solid, and the soundtrack (which normally doesn't stand out) is phenomenal. As long as you're not easily offended (violence and foul language abounds), this is a movie you need to see.

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