Movie Review: Kick Ass

Written By: Harold Schossman

03-20-2010

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Move over Spidey, get lost Batman make room for a new superhero: Kick Ass! Er, Superhero? Isn’t Kick Ass a mere spoof of superheroes and comic book heroes altogether? That’s exactly what I thought after seeing the trailer and walking into the screening. But as it turns out while Kick Ass is no doubt a spoof, it is also something completely new and original and could possibly establish itself as its own franchise.

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Kick Ass is the story of Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), an average high school student, with typical teen problems, no girlfriend, too much homework and the desire to do something extraordinary with his life. So he decides to become a superhero. Sporting a modified wetsuit he’s ordered online Dave becomes Kick Ass, a masked vigilante who prowls the streets ready to help those in need. But being a superhero isn’t easy. Only after a near death experience Dave manages his first successful rescue and turns into a YouTube phenomenon. His newfound fame earns him the attention and help of Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) two similarly masked and much more proficient vigilantes. Together they take it upon themselves to purge the city of crime.

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Kick Ass’s original take on superheroes thrives especially on the witty and funny dialogue. Dave and his friends deliver some hilarious one-liners not to mention the nods to both the Spiderman and Batman franchises. The performances are solid; Nic Cage turned in his most interesting work in recent years, the absolute scene-stealer however, is Chloe Moretz as Hit-Girl. Do not be fooled by the somewhat laughable costumes; the film sports plenty of action, which is a lot tougher than one would expect, hence the R rating. The characters are well built which makes you root for them and ultimately makes this highly original film work. If you are into comic books or any of the superhero films at all you shouldn’t miss Kick Ass.

About The Author: Harold Schossman is our International News Correspondent and our resident Expert Videographer. He has worked in the entertainment industry for almost two decades. Be sure to check out his outstanding video work on his YouTube account.

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