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UK/USA 117m, Colour
Director: Matthew Vaughn; Cast: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Mark Strong
Kick Ass is a hilarious and sometimes shocking coming of age film about a superhero-obsessed teenager who attempts to become a real-life comic book style crime-fighter. Despite an initial beat-down by local thugs, “Kick Ass” eventually attracts the attention and aid of other would-be superheros, as well as the wrath of a local mob boss. Suspending any disbelief in relation to the plot and the character’s abilities is a major requirement to enjoying this film. Chloë Grace Moretz’s terrific performance as the feisty and foul-mouthed 11-year-old known as “Hit Girl” joins the ranks of Paul Kersey and Harry Callahan as one of the most memorable and bad-ass vigilantes of all time (Klaus Ming April 2010).
Have to say I wasn’t blown away like I was expecting to be. The trailers really hyped it up to be more than it was. I liked it but not like everyone else seems to. Brainless comic book fun…check. Redeeming value…pending. Hit Girl and (very surprisingly) Nic Cage made this movie work.
I couldn’t agree more with you on Nicolas Cage – he tread a fine line in this one – and was hilarious.
I thought “I’m gonna love this movie” the minute I saw the trailer. Saw it twice in the theater and bought the DVD the day it came out. What a hoot, and I agree about the performances by Cage and especially Moretz, who is amazing. I view the possibility of a sequel with both eagerness and dread.
I agree. a sequel would have to be a very different movie. I don’t see what else they could do with the basic premise from the first movie.
I have not read the comic book, but I understand the second series (that the second movie would be based on) deals, for one thing, with Mindy’s attempts to lead a normal life, which is difficult (of course) since her early upbringing was so peculiar.
Hmm, that sounds pretty interesting.