Comic book movies are big business. Production companies have been
looking for the next big movie series since movies like BATMAN, X-MEN, BATMAN
BEGINS, and SIN CITY have been generating lots of money for movie studios. KICK-ASS looks like that next big
thing. It is based on the comic
book series by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.
KICK-ASS follows Dave Lizewski (Johnson), a teenage
comic-book fan who is nothing special, and he asks why there are no costumed
heroes in the real world. He
decides to become one called Kick-Ass only to become an internet sensation and
be way over-his-head. Enter
Damon Macready (Cage) who has been training his daughter Mindy to be an
unstoppable 13 year old killing machine.
Damon wants to bring down big New York crime boss Frank D’Amico (Strong)
who framed Damon for a crime that he didn’t do which resulted in Damon losing
his job as a police detective and his wife overdosing on pills. Damon has become a sociopathic
vigilante and he trains his daughter by shooting bullets at her while she is
wearing a bulletproof vest and giving her weapons for her birthday. They are Big Daddy and Hit Girl as they
strike at D’Amico’s operation bit by bit.
Hit Girl piles up the bodies as she is the unstoppable
girl. She is like an anime/ comic
book hero by the way of what if Batman had a daughter he trained for
years. Hit Girl might be the
result if Batman had a twisted sense of values when it comes to taking out bad
guys. Big Daddy dresses up in a
Batman-like costume and is just as deadly as his daughter. Hit Girl is the embodiment of everyone
who loves a film where the female kicks ass with style. She is the character you expect
to see in a Hong Kong/ Chinese action martial arts film.
Dave Lizewski gets himself in the middle of Big Daddy’s and Hit
Girl’s war against the D’Amico crime operation. Dave wants nothing of it- he just wants the girl who
mistakes him for being gay (the only part of the story that I hated). KICK-ASS has humor and tons of
carnage. It is an action
movie fan’s wet dream. It
uses colors not usually associated with a comic book movie. It bucks conventions while also taking
cues from comic books and Asian action films. It does get over-the-top towards the end, but then
costumed heroes are over-the-top anyway. I would love to see another film in the KICK-ASS
universe. Also the music
score rocks in addition to the excellent direction by Matthew Vaughn who has
outdone himself since his last comic book adaptation (STARDUST). See KICK-ASS and prepared to be
blown away by it’s in your face humor and action.
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