Review: Kick-Ass (2010)

Every year there’s a movie I look forward to. Last year it was Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, which left me more than satisfied on all levels. THIS YEAR that movie was Kick-Ass (nothing at all to do with vulgarity in the titles of both films), directed by Matthew Vaughn who’s 2 films, Layer Cake (2004) and Stardust (2007) were both cinema GOLD, in my opinion.

I got to see Kick-Ass  last week, and I tell you I was not disappointed. Don’t be fooled by the poor opening week it had in the US or the onslaught of critics tearing at it mercilessly, which is understandable as this movie is geared towards the MTV/Youtube generation (who won’t clean up their room when mommy asks them to, and that sort of thing). Kick-Ass is a 117 minute high octane ride that plays out like the love child of Sam Raimi’s first Spider Man movie and Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 1. A familiar yet fresh take on the birth of a superhero, mixed in with the struggles and strifes of adolescence. With it’s interesting dialogue (that makes for quotes galore) and gratuitous violence which is made bearable because it has something to do with the course of events (take note Micheal Bay).

Highly likeable characters are also on offer here. Aaron Johnson makes for a great casting choice as Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass, because both his excitement and confusion over his new found superhero status are rather believable. Mark Strong is in top form here as the eccentric crime boss and antagonist of the movie, Frank D’Amico. However, the highlight of Kick-Ass is Nicholas Cage, who isn’t doing the “I rarely blink” line delivery thing he’s been on since City Of Angels and Chloë Grace Moretz as the father and daughter superhero duo, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. It is these 2 that truly bring this movie to life, with their great chemistry and memorable lines that make for awkward but undeniably loveable viewing. Christopher Mintz-Plasse comes along for the ride as well, AND YES he’s being Fogel McLovin’ again but do we care? I didn’t think so.

While Kick-Ass’ entertaining premise and slick visuals make it a great watch, about an hour or so into the movie things take a bit of a downturn and are marred by clichés that make for generic viewing but this does not last too long as the ending is all sorts of EPIC. I would have to say Matthew Vaughn wins again as he has crafted a fun and unique superhero movie with heart and humour in all the right places. Kick-Ass will probably make large returns off DVD sales as it has the potential to gain quite a cult following.

SIDENOTE: A prop from a previous Matthew Vaughn makes a cameo. I’m sure all the movie buffs will know it when they see it ;)

PHAMometer Reading: 82°C


~ by imjustsayinpham on April 27, 2010.

2 Responses to “Review: Kick-Ass (2010)”

  1. How was the movie?????

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