Kick-ass, which quietly sneaked into the film world with little hype about it, and from the adverts, it seemed like a film you would take your children to the cinemas to see.. only for it to traumatize the little ones with hardcore bloody violence. Maybe poor advertising didn’t help the film, because when I picked this up, I expected a childish, immature film about a teenage boy humorously trying to be a super-hero. And I was happily surprised to see the opposite. It is violent, quite serious, and even deep in parts; you couldn’t imagine a little girl super hero slashing the neck of some villain causing instant death, could you? And then to further add to the cause, shoot a further three villains in the head without much effort? (Well, I’m sure a few of you wack-jobs out there could..). And that is what becomes the beauty of the film, what seems to be children trying to become super heroes is painted deep, because of the violence and profanity which caused initial controversy at the time.
The film is based on a character called Dave(Aaron Johnson), a normal, teenage boy who is tired of society letting themselves down to criminals, seeing people getting bullied about with no help, and desires a vigilante to come forth and help such a helpless town..so much so, he in fact makes his own costume, and fails miserably at first, but ironically becomes better over time. Until a real vigilante, Big Daddy(Nicholas Cage) along with his young daughter (which is where the controversy comes in), Hit-Girl(Chloe Grace Moretz) tries to bring down drug lord, Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong). This is when the film becomes deep, but what this surprisingly good film manages to do is to keep the comedy aspect underlying in the plot. The characters know that they can’t be true superheroes because they don’t have any super powers, but they try everything in there power to have the same effect using technology and common sense..but hey, Batman managed to pull it off amazingly.
Aaron Johnson’s acting in this is the usual - he manages to bring great vulnerability in any role he does, and he doesn’t over do his character, but still manages to convince the audience of the character’s personality. Nicholas Cage’s acting is also the usual - the same, weird tone of voice, but still combined with good acting. I just wonder why he keeps the same voice in every film; I can’t distinguish how he plays different characters when he does that. But his usual technique is good.
I didn’t know the film was based on a comic before watching it, and after some research I learnt the comic and the film was a collaborative effort. The controversy surrounds the role Chloe plays as Hit-Girl, who uses excessive profanity and violence more than anyone else, and she must have been about 12 years of age at the time. Some critics lashed out, and stated it was wrong for the acting industry, however her own mother gave her permission for the script.
This film is a definite must-see. Stay tuned for number 9 tomorrow.
iHartMovies rating: 4.0/5
By Daniel Hart
- Kick-Ass (mrmovietimes.com)
- My Useless Opinion: Kick-Ass Review (thinlinestupid.wordpress.com)
- Saw 3D trailer: Child, 10, wins ban on TV advert for ‘torture porn’ horror film (dailymail.co.uk)
- Top Ten of 2010, an iHartMovies Exclusive (moviehart.wordpress.com)