Movie #201 2020: Kick-Ass (2010)

A breather! Time for some escapism now (briefly), with 2010’s blockbuster Kick-Ass; the superhero movie that no one saw coming.

Chiefly, the plot entails average white boy nerd Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who suddenly comes to the realisation that reading comic books just isn’t enough for him anymore. In fact, he figures that the next step is to literally become a superhero himself Spider-Man style, despite having no special powers or abilities to speak of. Along the way, he meets other wannabe superheroes (Chloe Grace Moretz and Nicholas Cage), and they band together in an attempt to become saviours of the city.

While we’re on the topic, I have to point out here how underrated Nicholas Cage is in this movie. This is surely his best comedy role to date, playing the eccentric father of Moretz’s ‘Hit-Girl’. To be truly honest, the scenes with these two characters are the best sequences of the entire movie… it’s just a shame that there are not enough of them. Other than that, each actor does well with the material they are given, especially the King himself Mark Strong as the villain.

To be fair to the writers, the script isn’t too bad. Turns out that Kick-Ass was doing the X-rated swearing thing before Deadpool even began principal photography. Some of the one-liners here are really fucking funny and there’s a lot of fucking swearing which I appreciated. (Cage/Moretz once again shared some of the best dialogue in the script.) Although it’s probably not one to watch with your kids if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing…

Script aside, the plot of Kick-Ass is neither here nor there. The first half hour and the last half hour are great but the bit in between is a little patchy; there’s not enough pace, and a not-very-interesting romantic subplot, making the filling to this sandwich feel like an hour of meaningless void. This is worth the watch for the action sequences though, especially when you get to see a 13 year old Chloe Grace Moretz take on multiple grown men at once.

Parts that really stood out here were the humorous allusions to other movies; we get some hilarious odes to Scarface and Kill Bill: Volume 1 here that are sure to please any film fan. On top of the humour, the soundtrack is an absolute fun riot, and I’m not sorry to say that I enjoyed this more than Scott Pilgrim, which I found almost too ridiculous.

All in all, Kick-Ass is not a bad teen superhero flick – yes, it is based on a comic book but it’s also very original for a distributor of blockbusters to take a superhero story that is not massively well-known and turn it into a movie. What I can say to summarise is this: it’s entertaining for the most part.

Kick-Ass is available to stream on Sky Cinema and Now TV in the UK.

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