Top positive review
on 20 May 2015
Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father.
His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming.
However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training...
This movie feels like it's been a long time coming, I was even worried at one point that the film would ever get released. How glad I am that this film is getting the hype and the coverage it's getting at the moment.
From the upstart, Kick-Ass is a clever, funny, and bittersweet movie, that has so much in common with the films it's 'complimenting' than you would expect. But obviously Kick-Ass has no special powers, which is the novel part of the film, but he loses someone close at an early age, has an accident that 'changes' him in someway, a girl he finds attractive but does not know how to approach, the villain, and of course the gaining of self confidence.
Some of the film is very close to the knuckle, and will probably get a few complaints from the stiffs who don't know how to read a movie properly and have a good time. For instance, when Big Daddy shoots Hit-Girl at point blank range, is in bad taste, but it got the biggest laugh in the cinema, and on the subject of Hit-Girl, she is easily the most likable character in the whole film, even though she has been brainwashed and been devoid of a childhood.
Another thing this has in common with other movies it 'compliments', the main character is put in the back seat for the majority of the time in favour of supporting characters. Plasse as Red-Mist is more serious and evil than the trailer suggests, and pits in a great performance. Strong is good, but sadly wasted as the main villain, but he is really great and is as watchable as always, it's just people familiar with Strong know he has done better before.
Cage gives the best performance he has in nearly ten years, his Big Daddy coming as a cross between Ned Flanders, Patrick Bateman, and The Punisher, even though he isn't in it much, he steals the show whenever he is in it.
The action is frenetic and visceral, but the soundtrack makes the violence just that little more lighter on the eyes.
The narrative is brilliant, and everything just goes along at such a good pace, that you never get bored of it.
Leaving the film open for a sequel is good, but predictable, but mixing the comedy with crushingly dark undertones about loss, makes it a little more emotional.
A great movie