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Movie Review: Kick-ass

 
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Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years and 2 months ago

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Written 4/6/10

If I had to describe this film with the least amount of words possible, it would go like this… Kick Ass, kicks ass!

Ladies and Gentleman, everything about this film is fun, funny, entertaining and so energetic, even the audience I screened it with added to the film’s pleasure. From cheers to laughter, to surprising scenes which made most yell “OHOO…!” made it great! Adding to the blend… even some in the audience attended dressed (YES, DRESSD!) as their favorite hero. Nothing like a crowd that knows how to have a good time. Kick Ass is by far one of the most unique and enjoyable film screenings I’ve ever attended. Not only due to the film, but the ambiance and all the fun I was watching and hearing around me. It’s only April, 2010, and I know it’s way too early to feel that way, but I usually go with my gut, and it’s that kind of feeling you get when you experience something for the first time, and you know will never replicate itself. Yes guys, that’s the feeling… To much avail, this film stood for more than I actually expected. I wasn’t expecting much as I’m a pretty neutral individual when approaching anything or anyone, but there’s nothing better than the feeling of saying “Damn, I really enjoyed…” and truth is, with this film… that was the result!

I start off by saying if you’re the type whose viewed the trailer and thought to yourself “Oh, another dumb hero flick…,” you’re wrong, because this one is totally opposite of what most might think. I’ve never read the comics before, only know of them, and sure fanatics will probably bitch about it, but in the end… it’s all about entertainment. For sure this is not the kind of flick your ten year old brother or cousin or nephew will watch and feel like it’s Spiderman, or Batman, but the film does pay homage to them in subtle ways, however; it’s done differently and geared more towards an older crowd. With lines which question who “Kick Ass” is by asking if he’s “The Green Condom,” or a little tough girl who uses the words ‘Fuck’ or ‘Cunt’ and gets shot in the chest by her own father as they train while testing a bullet-proof vest, surely lets you know this is everything, but a kid flick. As soon as the film starts, it gets right into it, so heed my words friends… take kids at your own risk. From raunchy sex jokes, to violence, to awesome fight scenes, to explosions … all through great teen-age dialogue a-la Superbad and even “McLovin” (who’s also in the film), this piece has risen the fictional stakes among those who are sick-and-tired of being losers, and utilizing comic-book smarts not only to raise their stock price within self-esteem, but also rendering services to their local community against crime(s).

WARNING: Spoilers from this moment on, read at your own risk...

Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a typical teenage boy, wonders why no one has ever decided to become a real-life superhero like those in comic books. His friends at a comic book store told him that if anyone did become a superhero, they would get their ass kicked, and probably be killed. Despite this, Dave decides to create a superhero costume for himself and become a masked crimefighter. Dave fails at his first attempt to fight crime - he is beaten, stabbed, and hit by a car. He convinces paramedics to say nothing of his costume and pretends he was brought in naked. (This leads to lots of funny asummptions) Hospitalized for several weeks he is left with metal holding his bones together which he says makes him look like “Wolverine.” He has also suffered nerve damage which gives him somewhat of an above average ability to take a beating. When he returns to school, his longtime crush, Katie (Lyndsy Fonseca), seems more interested in him. His friends explain she thinks he is gay and wants to take care of him. Dave goes along with this in an effort to spend time with her.

Dave remains unphased by his earlier setback, and ends up intervening in a gang fight outside a diner. Dressed in costume and using two modified night-sticks, he fights off a few thungs. As the fight ends, a man who has been recording the event on his phone, asks Dave who he is, and he replies: "I'm Kick-Ass". The video is posted on the internet and soon becomes an internet phenomenon, making “Kick-Ass” an overnight star.

As Kick-Ass, Dave sets up a My-Space account, so people can contact him for help and is overwhelmed with responses. While spending time with Katie, she admits that she was being harassed by a drug dealer, and Dave convinces her to ask Kick-Ass for help. He investigates and ends up in an apartment full of violent thugs who not only, beat him into a pulp, but try to kill him. He is rescued by a costumed, sword-wielding young girl named “Hit-Girl” (Chole Grace Moretz), who kicks major ass (no pun), snuff’s out the attackers and then leaves to join her father, Damon (Nicolas Cage), whose alias is “Big Daddy.” Hit-Girl (aka Mindy) jumps across rooftops and tells Kick-Ass to follow her, but he is afraid to jump, so they leave without him. Later Kick-Ass is visited at home by Hit-Girl and Big Daddy who have tracked him from his My-Space account. Hit-Girl and Big Daddy inform Kick-Ass that they can work together, and should he need help then he should set his My_Space status to "on vacation" and they will arrange a visit.

(During this scene there was a strange resemblance between Big Daddy and the orirginal Adam West “Batman.”)

Meanwhile, local crime syndicate leader Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong) hears of the deaths of many of his men, with many people believing that the new star, Kick-Ass, is responsible. In searching for Kick-Ass, D'Amico kills an impersonator whom he believes is actually Kick-Ass. Running out of ideas, his son, Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) suggests that he set up a new superhero persona (“Red Mist”), enticing Kick-Ass into meeting him. At first, Red Mist attempts to lead Kick-Ass to a warehouse to be killed by D'Amico's men. They arrive to find it on fire, and the men are dead; Red Mist retrieves secret surveillance footage which shows that Big Daddy is responsible for the attack. Red Mist asks Kick-Ass to call Hit-Girl and Big Daddy for help, and they arrange to meet at a safe house. As soon as they arrive, Hit-Girl is sitting on a window ledge and Red Mist caps her ass, propelling her out of the window and on to the floor below. Kick-Ass and Big Daddy are captured by D'Amico's men and taken to a warehouse where the gangsters stage an internet broadcast, intending to unmask and execute the heroes. After they have been severely beaten and are about to be set on fire, the lights are shot out and Hit-Girl starts a gun battle, killing the villains, but a fire starts and Big Daddy is badly burnt. Before the battle concludes, he dies of his injuries. Kick-Ass tries to convince Hit-Girl to quit, but she is determined not to allow the death of her parents to be in vain and makes one last assault on the headquarters of Frank D'Amico.

Hit-Girl enters D'Amico's headquarters and disposes of several guards by posing as a lost schoolgirl. On the upper floor, she quickly disposes of the majority of the guards, but runs out of ammunition and is forced to take cover in the kitchen. Not willing to risk a direct confrontation with Hit-Girl, one of the henchmen grabs a bazooka stolen from Big Daddy's safe house earlier and prepares to fire, but is killed by Kick-Ass, who appears riding a jetpack fitted with two Gatling guns (which was purchased by Big Daddy and Hit-Girl earlier in the film). After disposing of them, Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl move into D'Amico's office, and two separate fights ensue between Kick-Ass and Red Mist, and Hit-Girl and Frank D'Amico. While Kick-Ass and Red Mist fight until they knock each other out, Hit-Girl is overwhelmed by the older and stronger D'Amico. As D'Amico is about to shoot Hit-Girl, Kick-Ass appears with the bazooka and blasts D'Amico out the window, where he explodes in mid-air. Red Mist recovers and grabs his father's sword only to discover that Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl are already leaving. They tell each other their names and say goodbye.

Both Hit-Girl and Kick-Ass retire from crime fighting, with Mindy living a normal life and attending the same school as Dave. Another wave of superheroes have been inspired by his exploits. Red Mist is shown donning a new mask and swearing vengeance, saying "Wait ‘til they get a load of me."

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