Review of 'Kick-Ass'

kick_ass.jpg Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), an ordinary, geeky, teenager living in New York decides to take to the streets to fight crime as the superhero “Kick Ass”. His actions give him confidence as he finds the public behind him and he finds the girl of his dreams – Katie Deauxma (Lyndsy Fonseca) – actually seems to notice he now exists! Others emerge with similar desires to fight crime as superheroes: Mindy Macready (Chloë Grace Moretz) as “Hit-Girl” with her father as “Big Daddy” (Nicholas Cage) are far more brutal in their approach with extreme violence and language. Together their crime-fighting upsets the local crime syndicate who vows to destroy them all.

Told from the view-point of a teenager this a slick and starkly realistic (ok, save, perhaps, for the fight sequences) film. It is funny, and disturbing in equal measure – When released the filthy mouth of “Hit Girl” was of particular concern given her extremely young age (11) - Never mind her frankly horrifying penchant for violence. The effects are amazing and the camera angles quite innovative.

I can see that teenagers would be particularly drawn to this as it seems to have a handle on what teens typically go through and how they view the world. Others will simply enjoy this as an refreshingly edgy super-hero romp.

Me? I found it interesting but very, very aggressive. Perhaps too aggressive for my tastes.

Rating: “A bit better than average”

Review Date: 2015-01-02

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

Studio: Marv Films

Year: 2010

Length: 117 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure

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