At some point in our lives, we all want to be a superhero. All everyday people need is an overnight spark of brilliance, or idiocy, to ignite their inner vigilante. Dave Lizewski makes it happen and finds his alter-ego in Kick-ass, though the true superhero seems to be Lizewski himself.
Soon, he finds out he isn’t alone and fiction pours onto the streets with suit against suit in blood-splattered battles. It isn’t all glory, as the inexperienced crime fighters get their fair share of battle scars. The band of teens are as clueless as the young ones often are, and as believable as heroes get. These heroes (and villains) are not bred-hybrids or experimentations-gone-wrong, but real people donning suits in the real world.
Enter Macready’s feisty little girl Hit-Girl, played by a hilarious and incredibly foul-mouthed Chloe Grace Moretz. The constant scene stealer may leave your jaw hanging, but hell does she make an impression. The youngest of the crew exhausts the lexicon of every possible curse and swear, and doesn’t forget to get the job done.
The stylised but graphic violence slashes its way through sharp comebacks in the form of witty one-liners. The humour ensues in witty monologues, interspersed with an amount of pop culture references that will make Quentin Tarantino proud.
All the things I’d never do. Like learn to drive or see what me and Katie’s kids would look like or find out what happened on Lost. And if you’re reassuring yourself that I’m going to make it through this since I’m talking to you now, quit being such a smart-ass! Hell dude, you never seen Sin City? Sunset Boulevard? American Beauty?
– Dave Lizewski
Kick-ass is vulgar, over-the-top, and well, pretty kick-ass. In the recent stream of dark serious Hollywood superhero flicks, the (sort of) light-hearted fun entertainment is definitely a welcome change.
If you enjoyed this, queue Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim Vs the World on your list. Then again if you prefer your comic-book violence without the gore, Iron Man 2 (with RDJ, Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell) is up next. There will be dancing.