Written on: 01/10/2010 by eljazz (12 reviews written)
Okay what can I say about Kick Ass that you don't already know? Everybody by now will have heard that it's super funny, super violent and super rude. You'll know that Nicholas Cage has put in a peformance that will make you instantly forgive the last fifteen years of his career. You'll may even have heard that eleven year old Hit Girl is a gift to paedophiles everywhere. Good ol Daily Mail - I wonder if they actually have even seen this movie. I'm not even going to bother addressing how a super sweet little girl in a school uniform (shock horror) can be considered sexy because she swears and kills bad guys as it's as ridiculous as stating that this movie approves of kicking donkeys because the title suggests so. Yeah that stupid.
Matthew Vaughan has just climbed the ladder to 'awesome director' level. The images and pace are simply perfect and the action sequences will make Michael Bay sob into his Michael Bay beer glass when. Neither over shakey nor overly smooth every single fight scene feels fresh and varied enough to feel different from the last. Hit Girl's frantic acrobatics are astounding to watch (and her cute little smirks in the scene when she first meets Kick Ass are worth ticket price alone) whilst Big Daddy (Nic Cage)'s Batman Begins style combat contrasts utterly and reminds me more of the Oldboy corridor fight in its one shot brilliance. Oh and this movie may contain the greatest air punching moment as Elvis Presley blasts through the speakers near the final .
What's surprising about Kick Ass is how perfectly complete it feels. Aaron Johnson's wonderful Tobey McGuire homage suggests this will be a silly Spiderman farce but it's so very much more. The satire and jokes come in fast and thick but the end of the second act wades in darker than any moment in the Sam Raimi movies. Surprisingly then Kick Ass is, in many ways, more Watchmen than Mystery Men and is unquestionably brilliant.
Edgar Wright better have something pretty special up his sleeve with Scott Pilgrim as Kick Ass has lifted the bar to an awe inspiring new level.