Ass-kicking after homeroom

I don’t read comic books.  Please don’t hate me.  I read lots of things, but not comic books.   (Yes, Matt, I’m dead to you.) The best thing about this is that I watched Kick-Ass with no expectations.  I thought it was going to be a light, high-schoolesque movie with no lasting impression.  I’m happy to admit that I was wrong.

If you’ve seen Election and have good taste, you’ve been surprised by what seems like a ‘high school movie.’  Kick-Ass carries the same irreverence and shock-value, but with the added advantage of regular people who strive to be superheroes.

Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a high school nobody.  He’s not particularly smart, athletic or talented, and he’s invisible to girls.  After he and his two best friends Marty (Clark Duke) and Todd (Evan Peters) get mugged once again and no one comes to their aid, it hits him that there is a serious lack of heroism in the world.  He orders a scuba suit, and takes on the role of Kick-Ass, superhero about town.

Initially, he gets the shit beat out of him.  This turns out to be helpful, as the nerve damage he suffers helps him take future beatings.  His antics catch the attention of disgraced cop Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage in his best role since Raising Arizona) and his daughter Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz–complete show stealer).  They’re way ahead of him on the hero curve, and save his life more than once.  Chris D’Amico (McLovin) gets involved as well, becoming Red Mist.  What Kick-Ass doesn’t realize is Red Mist is working for his gangster father, and will eventually become his enemy.

The violence in this film is shocking to the point of being humorous.  I don’t know how they did it.  What could have been completely cringe-worthy and offensive made me want to jump up and down and shout ‘hell yeah!’    They left it open for a sequel, and I hope they’re not slow about delivering.

If you’re a fan of humor, gratuitous violence, or kicking ass, you should definitely see this film.

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Penni Jones is the author of The Utopia of Noah Lazarus. She spends her days chasing preschoolers (her own children, not random preschoolers) and spends her nights reading and writing until she passes out from exhaustion and red wine.

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6 Responses to “Ass-kicking after homeroom”

  1. matt says:

    What? I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that, because I can’t hear people WHO ARE DEAD TO ME.

    Seriously, though, I read the Kick-Ass comic book literally on the morning I saw the movie, so I had this weird experience of contrasting the two, but not having any particular attachment to the original work. I think I did like the comic a little better than the movie, but I really need to watch it again so I can enjoy it without all the comparison mind-games of my first viewing.

    Also, I’ve heard that the sequel is on the way, but if you can’t wait you could always read the second volume of THE COMIC BOOK (I’m just sayin’). Although I think they’re only halfway through it so far because every issue is like 4-6 months late.

  2. Melodie says:

    I don’t read comic books, either, Penni. I’ll protect you!

    (And I love this movie quite a bit.)

  3. penni says:

    You guys make me smile. When I think about how much I enjoy interacting with folks on the other side of the continent, I start to wonder if you’re imaginary friends and I should see help.

  4. kormantic says:

    Chloe transcended all the stupid cutesy bullshit and totally convinced me that she was a stone-cold professional killah.

  5. penni says:

    Chloe is the ultimate shiz. I hope she stays cool and doesn’t turn into a Katherine Heigl-type of child actor turned grown up actor. That chick sucks.

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