For many people going to see Kick-Ass they will probably be expecting to see a fairly kooky subversion of the comic book film genre. While this may be true they will also experience a whole lot of things they didn’t expect. Director Matthew Vaughn has had the confidence to defy the Hollywood producers, who deemed the graphic novel too risky, to make and produced the film off his own back 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; it tributes in a humorous way but also works as its own sub-genre. It’s a film that couldn’t exist without previous comic book films and it is fully aware of that.
The story begins with typical high school-nerd Dave Lizeweski who, sick of being mugged every five minutes, starts questioning 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 comic books. In a great reference to Wolverine, after his first unsuccessful vigilante attempt, he ends up in the hospital having metal plates inserted into in some of his bones. Seeing his antics online, father- daughter team Nicholas cage and Chloe Moretz also become inspired to have ago at being superheroes but in a whole different league to Lizeweski/Kick-Ass’s fairly inadequate attempts at crime fighting. This captures the attention of mob Boss Frank D’amico and I won’t give too much else away in terms of plot but there are some hilarious moments and a spectacular finale.
The real star of the film, and undoubtedly the one everyone will be talking about, is 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 that has ever been seen on screen. Though her performance may not have gone down so well with the Daily Mail who have been practically in hysterics at the fact she swears, it’s clear she’ll be a name to look out for in the future. And besides, though she was only 11 at the time of filming she says herself “If I did even a sixteenth of the things I do in the movie I’d be grounded for the rest of my life” so no signs of mental scarring yet. Not being a Nicholas Cage fan myself I must admit hearing he was in it put me off slightly but I was pleasantly surprised by his genuinely funny performance, especially his great Adam West impression; it’s probably the best thing he’s ever been in. So even if you’re not much of a comic book fan this is one film definitely worth a look. I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised.