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Kick-Ass

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2010 by Vikas

Kick-Ass is something new, however — a superhero movie unlike any that has gone before. A spectacular flight of fancy that takes genre conventions and turns them on their head. One that pays tribute to the rich history of the comic book movie, and yet in the process manages to create something wholly fresh and original. And quite possibly the benchmark against which future such efforts will be measured.

Hatched in the twisted mind of Wanted creator Mark Millar, the story is a simple one. Dave Lizewski is an average high school student with typical teenage problems — no girlfriend, too much homework, and a chronic masturbation habit. His love of comics has inspired him to want more, however; to do something remarkable with his unremarkable life. And so one day Dave decides to become a superhero.

We soon see that despite Dave’s enthusiasm and bravery, he’s only playing at the amateur level.  The pros are Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), an adorable father-daughter duo who go out for ice cream by day and render criminals into slaughtered remains at night.  The two storylines converge as mafia boss Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) puts out a bounty on the superheroes that are hurting his business despite the popularity of Kick-Ass as an Internet and pop-culture sensation.

It is like a a demented re-imagining of the classic super hero origin story (think Spider-Man meets The Untouchables) based on the equally demented comic book series by Mark Millar (Wanted) and John Romita Jr.

Humorous nods to Superman, Spider-Man, Batman and the like are also expertly thrown into the mix, gently satirising the genre while at the same time paying tribute to what has gone before in the comic cannon.

Kick-Ass transports the viewer into a world of superheroes without superpowers, the celebration of online celebrity, and a level of exaggerated violence that would border on disturbing were it not imbued with childlike joy.  It’s Looney Tunes, anime, first-person-shooter videogames, and gritty violence mixed with the innocence of Golden Age comics.  It’s a delicious concoction that won’t only kick your ass, but will punch you until you’re smiling through a bloody mouth and broken teeth.  Then you’ll ask for seconds.

P.S : If you think soundtrack in Kill Bill worked wonders then soundtrack here kicks ass too.

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One Response to “Kick-Ass”

  1. With no Power comes no Responsibility. Of course that’s wrong. – Kick ASS (Dave)

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