Talk about movies made for yours truly, KICK ASS was bloody brilliant. Literally. Lots of blood, lots of brilliance. One of the best super hero films I’ve seen. I loved the comic, and seeing how they brought it to life, with plenty of metafictioncal gags (“No, I never said he looked like Batman!”, or the Spider Man leap sequence), was terrific. And like most reviewers, I was most impressed with Hit Girl, who is really the hero of the tale. She’s the Sherlock Holmes and Kick Ass is the Watson, though one with a very solid story, compelling in its own right but more of a vehicle to launch the story of the world. A good everyman is hard to find, and the young actor did a great job with it.
And, dare I say it, Nic Cage was great in his role as BIG DADDY. He seemed committed to the part, and since he’s a huge comic book nut, it was good to see him in rare form. Loved his Adam West dialog, too.
KICK ASS did not draw the numbers they were hoping for, so the chances of a sequel are slim. But that’s okay. It had CULT CLASSIC branded to its forehead. And I will likely enjoy repeated viewings.
Is it wrong that such a movie of violence, riffs on morality, and the desire to be hero in the supposed “post heroic” age just makes me happy? If so, I don’t want to be right.