So just as I talked about not too long ago, if I was ready to see Kick Ass 2 or not, why not go back and look at the first film? So Kick Ass is one of those comic book movies that when I first saw the trailer for I sort of pushed it to the side. With the way the economy was back in 2010 and still is now, I had to pick and choose the movies I watched. As it is I haven’t seven seen half the films this year I really wanted to see.
So Kick Ass is a story about a normal high school kid. He has problems, he’s a nerd, loves comic books has a small group of geeky friends and the question pops. Why hasn’t anyone ever done it? Done what you asked? Well become a superhero. Kick Ass is a sort of coming of age story about a normal ordinary kid who decided one day he’ll be a superhero after he is mugged and sees someone watch but do nothing to help him and his friend.
With some money and eBay he buys his simple yet silly green jump suit and a pair of night sticks. He then goes about for a few weeks in the ally and starts his hero training. Really too scared to do the real thing, until one day he sees the same muggers trying to break into a car. Taking matters into his own hands he goes up and pretty much gets stab in the side, it should be a wake up call even after he’s hit by a car when trying to get help from being stabbed.
Poor Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) now has everyone in school believing his gay and was raped. The result of it all caused him permanent nerve damage and requiring internal fixations all over his body. However, he gains an enhanced capacity to endure pain and enhanced durability. He then goes out again to save the day only this time he really does save someone from being jumped.
Lucky for Dave the whole thing was cough on YouTube and telling the words “I’m Kick Ass” He becomes the next internet star. This lends him to Big Daddy and Hit Girl, a Dad and Daughter superhero team. Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) are training and working their way in taking out a crime lord by the name of Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) who before the film framed Big Daddy as a drug dealer causing him to go to jail.
You then have Frank’s son who decided to help his dad wanting to know his business and dresses up as a hero named Red Mist to get Kick Ass out of hiding as Frank believes it was Kick Ass who killed his men and been messing with his deals. When in truth was Hit Girl and Big Daddy the whole time. This lends to a showdown between the four heroes and the public eye at the same time.
Overall it’s a pretty simple film about a boy and his journey into becoming a man. I’ll be honest with you the action is pretty good, nothing really mind-blowing, the plot is pretty simple, anyone could follow it. The outfits are really good and the acting for the most part is really solid for a comic book film. It is Rated R, there is drug, even a really quick sex scene which doesn’t show too much of anything.
I can’t give the movie more than a 3 out of 5 simple because it just doesn’t do anything new we haven’t seen before. Besides the fact Hit Girl stole the movie, everyone else was sort of flat with their role. I’m not shocked once again I see Nicolas Cage overacting his role and making it just not believable.