Monday, March 15, 2010
Seriously, I could leave my review there and you would be well informed of how cool this flick is... but I will delve into the movie a bit more for those that actually like to read ;)
Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is sick of seeing good people left to the tortures of bad people when he is yet again harassed by some local thugs and a witness turns away rather than help. As a fan of comic heroes, Dave wonders why no one has ever tried to be a hero in the real world before. Taking it upon himself to right wrongs and stick up for the common man, Dave puts together a heroic outfit and hits the streets to protect the innocent... and promptly has his tushie handed to him.
Over time Dave, as the new hero Kick-Ass, learns to hold his own in the world he has chosen to live in... or at least he thinks he has before Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) proves that there is a whole other level to crime fighting.
Team-ups with Hit-Girl, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), and Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) follow for Kick-Ass, while Dave must continue to live his ordinary teenage life in his secret identity, complete with running commentary on the comings and goings of Kick-Ass from his unaware friends (Clarke Duke & Evan Peters).
The film is full of fun, violence, tech, violence, language, violence, oh, and violence <3
This is not a superhero movie for kids!
While Kick-Ass is based on an eight issue comic series by the same name, you don't have to have read the comic beforehand to enjoy the film. That being said, the comic is a lot darker than the film and is highly recommended by all that have read it. Written by Mark Millar with art by John Romita Jr, the book is well loved and highly praised. The artwork in the film was even produced by John Romita Jr and makes fans of his work, like me, wish we could have been on set to look at each image up close. Fingers crossed they make it onto a gallery on the DVD release!
I'm also really looking forward to the sequel... or should I say sequels as the possibility of two of three more films were mentioned by John Romita Jr on the red carpet of the SXSW screening. Mark Millar starts writing on the new series of the comic in April with aims for John Romita Jr to have finished the art by September to tie in with the DVD release. Mark Millar considers Hit-Girl the new Han Solo, as the minute she appears people go insane for her, and his promises of more Hit-Girl in the future makes me very happy.
The soundtrack rocks throughout the film and with tunes like 'Hey Little World' by The Hives, 'Silver Or Lead' by Mariachi El Bronx, 'Bad Reputation' by Joan Jet And the Blackhearts, and 'Banana Splits' by The Dickies, I can't wait for the release of it so I can snap it up!
I will be seeing Kick-Ass again when it opens for general release and I will be buying it the instant it hits Blu-ray!
Kick-Ass hits cinemas on April 2nd in the UK, April 8th in Australia, and April 16th in the US & Canada.