KICK-ASS Pay Per View Review

by on August 6, 2010

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Kick-Ass movie review:

Directed (Written & also Produced) by Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, Layer Cake; Upcoming: X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall), Vaughn captured the heart and soul of anyone who has ever wanted to be a hero, and injected a rude bit of reality into the plot.  He was joined by film editors Eddie Hamilton (Resident Evil: Afterlife) & Jon Harris (The Descent: Part 2, Stardust, The Descent, Snatch) who seemed to pull it all together on the editing floor.

The cast includes Aaron Johnson (Nowhere Boy, The Illusionist) as Dave Lizewski /  Kick-Ass, Chloe Grace Moretz (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 500 Days of Summer, Bolt) as Hit Girl, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad, How to Train Your Dragon; Upcoming: Fright Night) as Red Mist & Nicolas Cage as Big Daddy.

Running time is 117 minutes.

I finally got a chance to catch Kick-Ass for the first time.  What a ride.  I came into the rental in a bit of anticipation.  I wanted to see this movie back when it came out but timing just didn’t work out for me.  I’ve done everything I could to avoid any details about the movie and surprisingly, after dodging every movie review and spoiler post, I have successfully watched Kick-Ass with no pre-conceptions.

Despite being what feels like one of the last people on the planet to have seen the movie, I do have to say that kicking it on my couch with some hot-wings, fluids of my choice and blasting myself with my surround system completely made up for missing it in the theaters!  hoo-ya!

Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl

Watching the movie, it kept me off-balance from the usual fare of a movie where you can pretty much anticipate most story direction at every turn.  Admit it, inside, you have pretty good feelings about what is about to happen and the standard plot direction can be predictable if you really think about it.  But Kick-Ass kept me off balance with surprises, twists and events that I didn’t always expect.

My range of emotions went from expectant to dead-pan wondering, to shock to the eventual and satisfying ending.

If you’ve been like me and missed being spoiled up until now, I am about to toss out a few details that might be considered SPOILERS, so you have been warned.

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When Kick-Ass first showed up on the scene, I was hopeful and disappointed as reality seriously set in, but perseverance is everyone’s reward.

The real eye-opener was Big Daddy & Hit Girl!  I heard smatterings of how the movie treated a young teenage girl character and it was a refreshing twist to see a movie take such a daring approach.  But I get how some might have been distraught.  Yet she and Big Daddy provided some of the best action as well as some of the bigger surprises in the movie. Even if it was rather abrupt in how they deal with evil people.

This felt like an odd role for Nicolas Cage.  Don’t worry, his delivery was perfect for the role, but still…

The middle of the movie left me wondering a bit.  I became lost in my unfulfilled expectations of plot but that was also part of the refreshing angle. Right as the movie was closing, it did become predictable, but after such a refreshing twist of details that delivered me to this moment, I was OK with it completely.

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So yes, I enjoyed the movie and it was worth my time.  That’s for sure.  But be aware, there is death, dismemberment, violence (I guess that’s a given) and there is, what many might consider gruesome, death by fire and microwave.  I’m just saying… you need to be informed if you’re thinking of renting for the entire family.

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