Plot summary (from the studio): When Dave Lizewski, ordinary New York teenager and rabid comic-book geek, dons a green-and-yellow internet-bought wetsuit to become the no-nonsense vigilante Kick-Ass, he soon finds an answer to his own question: because it hurts. But, overcoming all the odds, the eager yet inexperienced Dave quickly becomes a phenomenon, capturing the imagination of the public. However, he’s not the only superhero out there—the fearless and highly-trained father-daughter crime-fighting duo, Big Daddy and Hit Girl, have been slowly but surely taking down the criminal empire of local Mafioso, Frank DAmico. And, as Kick-Ass gets drawn into their no-holds-barred world of bullets and bloodletting with Frank’s son, Chris, now reborn as Kick-Ass’s arch-nemesis, Red Mist, the stage is set for a final showdown between the forces of good and evil in which the DIY hero will have to live up to his name. Or die trying…
Warning: Spoilers below!
- Dave was a likable guy, which was very important for this kind of movie. I thought he pretty much sucked as Kick-Ass because he was just not superhero material. This is the kind of guy who would be more at home selling you a usb barcode scanner or something, not taking on organized crime. But he was a genuinely nice person and his heart was in the right place, so I was rooting for him from the beginning.
- Hit Girl was pretty cool. Seeing her getting shot by Nicolas Cage at the beginning was kind of a shocking moment, but once their relationship unfolded, things began to make more sense. Honestly, she was one of the most original characters I’ve ever seen in a mainstream film. A 10-year-old weapon-wielding ass-kicker?? Wow!
- The movie was actually pretty funny in some places. I know I laughed several times along the way, which I wasn’t really expecting. Humor is definitely a bonus in my book.
- I usually don’t like it when main characters miraculously escape from dire situations relatively unscathed, but I didn’t like the fact that Nicolas Cage’s character was killed right in front of his daughter. I know that sort of thing provides the basic canon for many a superhero, but still… it just didn’t feel right in this movie.
- It seemed as though Kick-Ass suffered from an identity crisis. Did it want to be an action movie? Did it want to be a comedy? At times, the film felt so lighthearted that the subsequent violence was doubly shocking. Obviously, the fight scene between Hit Girl and Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) has caused controversy — and for good reason, IMO. On the screen, it was portrayed as a serious fight, nothing funny, exaggerated, or lighthearted about it. And that took me right out of the film because I was cringing at how this grown man was pummeling a little girl.
- The love interest. Why must there always be a dumb love interest???
- The jet pack was incredibly cheesy to me. I know this movie was based off a comic book (oh, sorry — graphic novel), so I’m assuming the jet pack was in the original. It probably played a lot better on the page than on the screen, though.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much out of Kick-Ass. I’m not a big fan of these films based on comic books, so this wasn’t initially very appealing. But my husband convinced me to watch it with him, and I’m glad I did. I didn’t love it, and there were lots of things that made me roll my eyes. Yet it was still fairly entertaining and worth the price of the rental, which is why I give it 3 stars out of 5.