Kick Ass (2010)

Although I had already seen this film once a couple of years ago, and had loved it, I was never going to turn down the opportunity to watch it again as I had loved it too much the first time.

Kick Ass trailer

Synopsis- This is a coming of age, superhero film with a difference because our main protagonist doesn’t actually have any super-powers. Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor- Johnson) is just a regular nerd in a regular school that has had enough of being treated like dirt so decides to do something about it. Therefore when Dave gets into his first crime fighting battle and it is filmed he decides to call himself Kick Ass. However this juvenile optimism tied with little fighting skill or technique leaves him vulnerable to bigger crime groups and his subsequent rise to fame makes him a target. Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) work in the shadows but with much more skill and clinicality so when he sees what they are capable of even though they are the good guys it makes him rethink his decision to become Kick Ass.

Positives- I think the story is great. I believe has a real emotional depth in some of the more serious scenes which allow us as a reader to empathise with the characters due to the build up throughout the film which others may just think of as a joke. I thought it was hilariously funny and although this was my second time of watching it I found the jokes just as good as the first time and the number of comedic set pieces throughout. I liked that although it is a comedy, crazy, action-packed film: the characters still showed clear developments throughout which, in that respect, didn’t leave us thinking what was happening was fake. I love Aaron Taylor Johnson’s Kick Ass as I believe that what he says actually rings true that all of us inside want to be a superhero but we are all waiting to get our superpower.

Negatives- Although I appreciate it is a superhero movie some of the plot is very farfetched. For example when there are a large number of “baddies” with guns to a single “goodie” with two this shouldn’t mean they can evade all of the bullets by jumping off of walls. Bullets go faster than backflips. Other than that minor point, that kind of happens throughout the film but at one key point pivotally, I have no real issues with the film.

Conclusion- I really enjoyed the film and thought it was just as good as the first time I watched it. I think in terms of superhero movies it is the best I have ever seen and works as a near-perfect “origin story”. I can’t wait to watch it again.

My rating- 8.75/10

Although the rating would place it second in my top 3 movies of the year I am not counting movies I have already seen, hence why La La Land is not up there.

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