I just came back from seeing Kick-Ass, I was pretty blown away. I don't think many will expect to see a movie this good when they buy a ticket for Kick-Ass but they'll be pleasantly surprised. With a title like Kick-Ass I find it hard to admit this but it is hands down the best superhero film I have ever seen. Maybe I'm biased because I find most superhero movies to be pretty fucking WACK! Or maybe it's because I had no idea this film was based on an actual comic and I instead expected some Superbad-esque movie but with fake superheros.
I can hear your thoughts right now...You're thinking "What the fuck happened to good ol' Rob? I used to value his opinion on films but now, well, I think he just lost it" No, this is not the case, my friend. I'm not sure after reading this you'll totally understand why this film is really that damn good, but I gotta give it a shot.
Kick-Ass will make you laugh but it really can make you cry too. I don't think I've ever been so emotionally invested in a superhero movie before, the last thing that came close had to be Watchmen. Kick-Ass starts out relatively lighthearted but slowly builds a real serious story, while still keeping comedic lighthearted moments throughout. I think maybe this is where the charm lies. It's a superhero film that doesn't take itself too seriously but still reels you in at all the right moments.
While there is a good amount of comedy throughout the film, the serious aspects of the film is where I think it really shines. The relationship between Nicholas Cage's character, Damon Macready, and his daughter Mindy is really beautiful. I'm not usually a fan of Nicholas Cage but he did an amazing job on this one and sold it the whole way through. I don't like to go into too much detail on aspects of a film's plot points when reviewing it here because I don't want to ruin it for anyone. There are just so many great moments in this film that I want to talk about here but I won't, simply because I want you to be as surprised as I was.
The film really delivers on so many levels. If you are into some really good action, it serves a heaping, steaming plateful of that too. I never saw an 11 year old kick so much ass and with so much style. It's kinda sad for all the Batman, X-Men and Superman movies that an 11 year old girl kicked more ass on film than they did.
In conclusion, this film sends many other superhero films back to school. So all you Christopher Nolan's and Bryan Singer's get out your fucking note pads, strap on some depends and sit the fuck back and be schooled. It's time to kick ass!