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Kick Ass

Kick Ass: An Incompetent (Not So) Super Hero

  • Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Nicolas Cage
  • Action & AdventureComedy
  • Out now
  • Matthew Vaughn
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Haisam Abu-Samra
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Kick Ass: An Incompetent (Not So) Super Hero

A blender of heroes, comics and fighting vice, Kick Ass is both a classically assembled superhero film and a
breath of fresh air. The film tackles the question that has long daunted comic
book nerds: what if an ordinary person actually put on a costume and become a street-fighting
vigilante? The film’s answer is: it’s going to hurt them. And while Kick Ass takes the same old route to
reach that conclusion, it makes the most exhilarating stops along the way.

Dave Lizewski (Johnson) is a school kid fighting demons like any incubating
superhero: inferiority complexes, demeaning encounters with the school bullies,
and the holy grail of superhero angst; the unattainable girl. Lizewski has no
superpowers, and rest assured; he’s not going to fall into a pot of toxic
chemical and gain supernatural abilities. What Lizewski opts for is a scenario
of less life-threatening theatrics; so he orders a spandex suit online and
starts his intensive training. He calls himself Kick Ass.

As the film moves ahead, the story outgrows the realistic setting and
enters the realm of cartoonish fantasy. Kick Ass soon finds a villain (Strong),
and he joins forces with the amazing father and daughter team of Big Daddy
(Cage) and Hit Girl (Moretz), who end up stealing the show and doing most of
the ass-kicking.

Kick Ass boasts some of the
most creatively choreographed fight scenes ever, combining tight showmanship
with undeniable fun. The spastic music and the glistening images all amplify
the roaring punch of the set pieces, making the film’s two-hour running time
fly by until the obligatory showdown, where Kick
starts to show faint signs of fatigue.

Fans of Nicolas Cage will appreciate his turn as Big Daddy; his finest
and loudest performance in ages. However, the biggest standout in Kick Ass is Chloë Moretz’s portrayal of
Hit Girl; a foul-mouthed, pig-tailed death machine that will leave you in
complete awe. This little girl not only slices and dices every man on screen,
she annihilates any language boundaries that Tarantino may have left behind.

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Director Matthew Vaughn approached studious to pitch the film only to be rejected, so he raised the money independently during a dinner party. Vaughn then sold the film to Universal for more than his original asking price.

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