Friday, 30 April 2010

Kick-Ass

I didn't know much at all about Kick-Ass until my mate, Joe Roper reviewed it on his blog last month, and he made it sound like a great flick so I had it in mind to see at some point. I got the chance this week, and although I disagree with Joe in that I wouldn't give it a full five stars, it's one of the best films I've seen in a while.

The story focuses on geeky high school kid, Dave Lizewski and his ascent to local fame as real-life superhero, Kick-Ass. Things turn ugly though when Dave is mistakenly targeted by a crime gang and gets in over his head, requiring the assistance of a couple of other, more experienced superheroes.

Much like the recent Batman movies and unlike all of the recent Marvel movies, I liked the way the film stayed fairly grounded in reality for the most part. Current internet phenomena such as YouTube and MySpace were also used to great effect to give the film an even greater connection to the real world, although I did think using Facebook might have been more realistic seeing as hardly anyone uses MySpace these days.

Apparently based on a comic book series, the film is set in modern day America, but as Joe points out in his review, the film is quite a British affair, with the script being written by Jane Goldman and two of the main actors being British. There's also roles for Clark Duke of Clarke and Michael fame, and Fogell from Superbad. And from the way the film ended, it looks like the actors will be able to reprise their roles for a sequel at some point in the future.

Kick-Ass is a refreshing and realistic take on the bloated genre of superhero movies, and whilst extremely violent and crude in parts (especially referring to the foul-mouthed, not-yet-teenage superhero, Hit-Girl), it pulls no punches in its honest approach and story. Mixing some superb action scenes with a great comedy script, Kick-Ass is pretty much a must see.

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