Review: Kick-Ass

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Genre: Comedy Action
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Staring: Aaron Johnson, Clark Duke, Evan Peters, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Nic Cage
Released: April 16, 2010


Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training.


This movie most certainly kicks ass. There is a LOT of incredible action and a great sense of humour about it all. There is a nice contrast between Kick-Ass becoming the hero, and the real capable “heroes” which are more anti-heroes, but they only shoot bad people.

Nic Cage is ON in this. He is incredible here and every bit the caring father and hardcore violent vigilante all at the same time. And if that wasn’t enough, his daughter in this is just freaking amazing.

This movie should have been called Hit-Girl because Hit Girl is awesome. You have to be reminded to stop falling for her because she is like 11 or something. Shes adorable, and she can dish it out. I loved this character. Its all very believable, while incredibly over the top. The blowback alone from those pistols should dislocate her arms, but she doesn’t lift a car or anything silly. When she punches someone they bounce back like you would if an 11 year old punched you in the face.

The story is light, but still works well with the characters involved. Its a unique angle to jump into this world with Kick-Ass leading the way when everyone else is far more fun to watch than Kick-Ass himself.


There are a few dry “story” parts of the movie where things kind of lose their pacing, but when the aciton is on, its ON. The movie seems to stop and go like a track star with a limp. One leg is a little slower than the other.

Another thing I didnt care for was Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and while even he admits that he is milking the nerd roles, he is juts McLovin in a mask in this. Ok, maybe a little less nerdy and not so foul mouthed, but this guy is a one trick pony.


A good fun flick with more good going for it and really no outright bad parts, just less good. But its a lot less good. Its a great rush, but you might have seen all the action from the trailers.

On a side note, much of this was filmed in Toronto Canada, while the Highschool scenes were all done at Churchill Secondary right near my home in Hamilton. The “cruising in the Mistmobile” scene was shot as they drive down Yonge Street in Toronto, and you see signs for Future Shop (only in Canada – it was our Best Buy, now we have both) and when they walk past the theater you see Scotiabank logos on the door, also only in Canada.

I give Kick-Ass a 8 out of 10

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