Kick-Ass (15) www.kickass-themovie.com THOUGHTS of a British superhero film starring Nicolas Cage would be enough to get most cinemagoers searching for the nearest euthanasia clinic. The star of such cracki
THOUGHTS of a British superhero film starring Nicolas Cage would be enough to get most cinemagoers searching for the nearest euthanasia clinic.
The star of such cracking movies as The Rock and Raising Arizona has had little more than a succession of bad films with even worse wigs in recent years.
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Couple that with a lame British film industry, and you would expect Kick-Ass to be an absolute stinker.
However there is nothing like a plucky Brit, and director Matthew Vaughn has ignored these bad portents to come up with an absolute belter of a film that is just about the most fun you can have legally in a cinema.
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Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a teenage nobody in America. He has a small group of friends but is largely ignored at school.
One day, after lamenting the lack of real superheroes, Dave takes it upon himself to become one.
After ordering a costume online his first attempt at crime-fighting goes terribly wrong but leaves him with an ability not to feel pain.
Trying out his new persona again, he becomes an internet sensation called Kick-Ass when he saves a man from a gangland beating and soon sets up MySpace account where people can ask for help.
When on a job he comes into contact with Hit Girl and Big Daddy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes intent on taking down the city's big crime boss.
From here on in he has to balance his private life, including a friendship with a girl who thinks he's gay, and his life as Kick-Ass which gets more complicated with the arrival of another hero Red Mist.
The acting is absolutely bang on the money, with sweetness from Johnson in the lead role and a wonderful pocket powerhouse performance from Chloe Moretz as the frightening Hit-Girl.
Cage in particular is excellent in the role of her loving yet psychotic father and squeezes ever bit of comedy from the role.
If there are any dissenting voices lambasting this film then simply ignore them as it was not made with them in mind.
Kick-Ass is huge, huge fun which provides fantastic, bloody action and razor sharp dialogue.