So this is going to be a very cheesy way to start out this review, are you ready for it? The movie Kick Ass did indeed kick ass!
Kick Ass is actually Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a high school kid who is invisible to girls and is an all around "geek." He is big into comic books and after getting mugged for what seems like the millionth time, he decides to get himself a green and gold (no he's not a Packer) costume off the web. His first real attempt at being a superhero ends with him breaking nearly all of his bones. The upside to this, he is basically a walking metal plate and can take quite a beating. He's a terrible fighter but it's really funny to watch him try and at times he looks like Harry Potter in tights.
After a video of Kick Ass getting his you know what kicked gets posted on YouTube, he becomes an overnight sensation. The video draws the interest of a father and daughter crime fighting team. Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) looks like Batman and his daughter Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) has a sweet purple wig. Big Daddy and Hit Girl are the real deal. They want to take Kick Ass under their wings but even they have to know that he will never be as effective at destroying bad guys the way they do.
There is one bad guy that Big Daddy wants dead and that's Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong). D'Amico is a typical crime boss with a bunch of dumb thugs willing to do his dirty work.
The scenes that feature Big Daddy and Hit Girl were my favorite and actually steal the movie away from Kick Ass. I found myself just wanting more of them and less of everyone else. Im not a Nicolas Cage fan, I'm just not but in this movie I thought he was great. Chloe Grace Moretz is perfect as Hit Girl. Maybe some aren't comfortable watching a 12 year old absolutely dismantle evil doers with a butterfly knife, but I am.
One of the things that struck me as odd about the movie was the constant use of MySpace. Could they not get the rights to mention Facebook? It seemed weird to me that MySpace was used so much because no one talks about MySpace anymore. Hmmmm.
This movie is not for everyone. If you like pretty sweet violence, blood, lots of guns, lots of knives, vulgarity and humor all rolled up into a kick ass ball, then go and see it! If you don't like all those things, then don't bother. I just happen to be a fan of all of those things.