Movie Review: Kick Ass (Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz) 2010

Posted: December 3, 2011 in Comedy

Kick-Ass

Dave (Aaron Johnson) is an invisible 16 year old boy with a crush on a girl named Katie. (Lindsey Fonseca) His love of comic books makes Dave a geek in high school circles, but Dave has a plan.  He dons a green scuba suit and becomes Kick Ass, a superhero with no superpowers.  His first attempt at heroism doesn’t go too well, he gets stabbed, goes to the hospital, but gets metal implants throughout his body.  Kick Ass then prevents three drug dealers from beating someone up, the whole episode is filmed with a cell phone.  Kick Ass is now famous, and Katie asks for his help in stopping an ex-boyfriend named Rasul  (Kofei Natei) from stalking her  Problem is, Rasul is in a gang, and the gang members are lying in wait for Kick Ass.

Just as Kick Ass is going to get his ass kicked, two other superheroes show up.  Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz) Big Daddy is really Damon McCready, and Hit Girl is his daughter Mindy.  Big Daddy is an ex-cop with a serious vendetta against mobster Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) who put Big Daddy in jail, and killed his wife.  Big Daddy has trained himself, and his daughter to kill every member of Frank D’Amico’s gang, including Frank, as revenge for his wife’s death.  Rasul is part of Frank’s gang, but he’s only the beginning.  Do Big Daddy and Hit Girl kill off Frank’s gang and get to Frank himself?  How does Kick Ass fit into Big Daddy’s plan for revenge?

This is a very violent film, it’s also a very funny and entertaining film.  It’s like the bastard child of Kill Bill  and Revenge of the Nerds.  It’s like Tarantino on steroids.  It’s got a lot of violence but it’s cartoon violence with a tongue firmly in cheek.   The movie does lag a bit after the first hour, there may be too much exposition, but the cast carries the movie through it’s slow patches.  The two stars of this movie are clearly Nicolas Cage, as Big Daddy, and Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl.  Cage is clearly having fun satirizing Batman, and even imitates the Adam West Batman voice while in costume.  This is the best I’ve seen Cage in a very long time, and it’s gratifying to see the guy can still act.  Clearly the person who steals the movie is Chloe Moretz, and while it’s slightly disturbing to see a 13 year old girl (she looks 11) shooting off weapons, and cursing like a sailor, Moretz delivers her lines with such ease and perfect comedic timing that I didn’t mind her dialogue or actions at all. She overshadows everyone in the movie, and without her this movie would have been half as good as it was.

Kick Ass:  Kick back and watch the fun

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