Well, nothing could live up to the hype that "Kick Ass" generated before its release. I fell in fan boy love with it from the first. And there was trailer after trailer, each with good solid crunch to it. Then it finally got released and it did.... so so. I don't get to the theaters at the moment cause of my condition so I waited. Finally, finally, it came out in dvd. And I watched it.
It did not live up to the hype, but only by " " this much. I love this film stupidly. This is not an objective review. I love it, love it, love it. I finished watching it and did high kicks into the empty air going "SHIT YEAH!" There have been very few films that grabbed my adrenal glands by the boo boos and yanked that chain like tarzan on a fricking vine. "Kick Ass," is one of those films.
"Kick Ass" starts with Aaron Johnson who plays Dave. Dave is a typical high school student, not really a loser, but not a winner either. Sort of nerdy, and a lot of horny. He asks himself the question one day, "Why doesn't someone try to be a superhero." His friends answer "Cause he'd get his ass kicked," But our hero is undeterred. He buys online a wet suit and he practices to be the hero Kick Ass. He goes into his first battle.
Gets hit by a car.
Goes to hospital.
Still dreams are bigger than reality so he tries again. This time he becomes a hit on You Tube. Now though he draws the fire and attention from both mobsters and some folks who are the real deal. The real deal being "Big Daddy," and "Hit Girl" who are driven and more than probably psychopathic. They kill with joyous abandon and leave our hero feeling weak and confused. Can he get his own act together? Can he defeat the mobsters? Can he get the girl? Well you'll have to watch and see.
Aaron Johnson does very well in a somewhat thankless role. Yes he's the title character, but he's surrounded by even more colorful characters that he risks being upstaged. Also, honestly Kick Ass as a hero doesn't really kick ass. He tries, but ultimately he's just like us in that regard. Still what makes him and the movie works ultimately, is that he's the one with the heart. He's the one who is pure enough to really believe someone can make a difference.
Well, ok not so pure. He really likes this one girl. Unfortunately, she believes he is gay. Which leads to some incredibly funny Clark Kentish action. But heck even superheroes want some.
I would be remiss and possibly retarded not to talk more about Big Daddy and Hit Girl. Big Daddy is played by Nicholas Cage, and in this role he redeems himself. He plays both a weirdly, creepy, "normal" daddy type, and then a weirdly scarey Adam Westy guy in a mask. The.....pauses..... as ... he......talks.... as...... Big.... DADDY.... are.... awesome. Hit Girl is played by chloe Moretz. She is more believable as an action hero than say a certain actor who played Rambo. She is the one that kicks ass. It is incredible. It is breathtaking. It is to the theme song of the "Banana Splits." It is seven types of awesom rolled up into one little spitfire of fury.
So watch this film. Buy It. Give money to the director for a sequel!