As a comic books reader (geek), Kick-Ass story arch is appealing to me because it answered the question of 'what are the consequences of us, who has no special super power skills, dress up in a costume, going around town confronting bad guys?'; a question that’s probably pops-up in every comics geeks who enjoyed reading superhero tales. So you could understand my high expectations for this film.
Thankfully the film delivers, smartly represented from the comic pages to the screen by director Matthew Vaughn with an almost perfect cast (I wished Kick-Ass was ‘uglier’ like in the comics).
I’m glad they didn’t do a page-by-page adaptation (read:Watchmen) of the comics, but there are certain elements of the comics story that I wished they put in the film. Most notably is the truth about Damon, the rejection of Katie Deauxma towards Dave after she finds the truth, the bond between Dave and his dad and Hit-Girl repeated use of double-sword. These elements are probably not in the film because it’s either too dark, too depressing or too much. But I thought it felt more real..raw.
But having said that, I thought there are certain scenes in the film that were totally far more superior and better represented than in the comics. The scene where Hit-Girl rescues Big Daddy and Kick-Ass, looming in the darkness, blinding the enemy with lights, is superbly choreographed and executed. And so is the final battle scene. It’s funny, bloody and fun. Perfect.
Another great thing about the film is that it’s very funny. Every instance of humor works. We can talk about the violence and profanity, but hey, I laughed my ass off. Kudos to the writers not only for the funny script but also for the representation of the characters as a likable human beings that viewers care about and root for.
Everyone is talking about Hit Girl and her foul-mouth but the truth is, people talk about Hit Girl because she’s the most interesting all-killing, no bullshit female character since The Bride. Chloe Moretz nails it, perfect, complete with the swagger but balance it well enough with her cuteness. This is her breakout role, definitely.
Other performances are fairly good, Aaron Johnson did well enough (with his cute-nerd factor), Mark Strong holds it down well as not to go overboard as Mafia boss D’Amico, Mc’Lovin is.. well Mc’Lovin, and Nicolas Cage (with a spot-on Adam West’s voice imitation) is cool again!. I’m also very happy to see Elizabeth McGovern (one of my adolescent crush) in a blink-and-you-miss role as Mrs. Lizewski.. (Where have u been?)
Kick-Ass is a smart and wonderful action-comedy satire. Although the superhero genre has produced a fair number of wannabe satires (My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Hancock, etc.), with the exception of The Incredibles none has ascended as high as Kick-Ass. Brilliantly executed with a very funny script, this fresh, supercharged, ultra-violent, ridiculously entertaining film is probably one of the best comics adaptation ever made. There.. I said it.