Kick-Ass

Friday, 9 April, 2010

4 and a half stars

The premise

Kick-Ass is UK director Matthew Vaughn’s (Layer Cake), adaptation (quite faithful from what I hear) of the comic book series of the same name created by Mark Millar.

Nerdy high school student and comic book aficionado, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), devises his own superhero alter-ego despite having no powers, let alone super powers, nor even a real reason, other than it’s the sort of thing “everyone dreams of doing”.

The play

Despite his apparent self-belief and passion for his new found role, Dave’s first outing as a crime-fighter – taking on two neighbourhood bullies – isn’t exactly a success, especially as some of his injuries require treatment by way of metal plates.

He soon meets (actually they fish him out of another bind) the city’s resident crime busting vigilantes, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), and Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), his young daughter (who should have been called Kick-Ass), and take on vile gangster, Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong).

The wrap

If “Kick-Ass” doesn’t convince you of the merits of employing social media tools to create a sensation around something that may (or may not) be for real, nothing will.

What Dave lacks in superpower he make up for in YouTube kudos, after footage of his rescue of a mugging victim goes viral. Popular video clips do not maketh the do-it-yourself superhero however, especially when the bad guys come as tough as they do in New York.

The message is pretty clear, if you’re going to try this stuff, try it only at home. Unless of course you have Hit Girl’s abilities and… can do attitude.

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