A surprisingly ‘Kick-Ass’ movie

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By Juan Aguilar / Asst. Inscape Editor

By Juan Aguilar / Asst. Inscape Editor

If you need a superhero’s help, just look him up on Myspace.

His name is Kick-Ass and he is the new crime fighting hero in town.

He’s not exactly the superhuman, web-spinning, multiple gadgets and suit made out of metal kind of superhero, but he will try.

Since the time when Marvel and DC comics first came out, the fantasy of being a real life superhero has plagued the minds of true fans everywhere.

In the hilarious and action-packed film “Kick-Ass,” that fantasy gets put into perspective with bright and corny costumes, amateur fighting skills and good guy dialogue that will have you laughing hysterically.

The movie features some young and fresh talent. Actors like Aaron Johnson (“The Illusionist”), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (“Superbad”) and Chloe Grace Moretz (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”), were perfect for the memorable characters in this film.

Dave Lizewski (Johnson) aka Kick-Ass, takes his superhero fantasy to the next level with a green scuba suit , green ski mask, steel-toe boots, and batons.

That is basically it.

He doesn’t have any fighting skills and his intimidation level is similar to that of Tobey Maguire from “Spider-Man.”

But with the help of cell phone cameras and YouTube, a video of his sketchy fight scene made Kick-Ass an instant and popular icon.

Later in the film, Lizewski meets an 11-year-old girl who can work a butterfly knife and kill the villains faster than it takes them to realize they’re about to die.

Her name is Hit-Girl (Moretz), and that name is enough for explanation.

Hit-Girl took the audience by complete surprise as she dominated with her superior fighting skills and gunfights that had them laughing in amazement.

She was like a little version of Trinity from “The Matrix.”

And the awkwardly funny Mintz-Plasse reprises his role as the ultra-nerd with an alter ego. He plays Red Mist and he couldn’t save a life even if his depended on it.

“Kick-Ass,” which is based on the comic books written by Mark Millar, tells the classic story of superheroes versus the villains. The villains are run by a mob boss, and the superheroes want to take him down.

What sets this comic apart from all the others is that the superheroes don’t have superhuman powers; they’re just average individuals who would rather take a stand.

It was also ridiculously violent, and that alone gave “Kick-Ass” the reputation that created its fan base.

Director Matthew Vaughn did a superb job at sticking to the violence that “Kick-Ass” was known for in the comic series.

He added some awesome visuals, creating a unique style to this movie that left the audience impressed.

The dialogue definitely added to the style by using the always funny profanity and teen antics that we see every day.

The cast worked well together as the dialogue seemed more like improvisation than script.

“Kick-Ass” was surprisingly gory as well.

After watching the commercials you would expect it to be somewhat violent but not vicious and bloody.

But that’s what’s great about this film; it was full of surprises as it truly kept the audience awake, even at a midnight showing.

The action scenes were nothing short of epic as they used constant gunfire and wild camera angles that made the fighting impressive and had the audience clapping in awe.

Back for another shot at his acting career, Nicolas Cage was actually impressive as Big Daddy, who is the perfect blend of a corny yet demented Batman.

Big Daddy is the father of Hit-Girl, and their relationship was the true definition of tough love.

Guns and knives are the toys and learning how to use them like a pro is playtime.

For a movie based off a comic book, “Kick-Ass” stuck to the roots and was awe-inspiring as the audience gave a round of applause at the end.

Unfortunately, the movie didn’t seem like too much of a box office hit as it grossed $19.8 million on its opening weekend, barely passing Dreamwork’s “How to Train Your Dragon.”

Perhaps the unexpected violence and crude dialogue created some uncertainty for this film.

But for what it’s worth, “Kick-Ass” no doubt lived up to it’s own name.





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