In Theatres: 
Apr 16, 2010
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 57 Minutes

Kick-Ass truly lives up to the title it's been given and more. With room for a sequel, this is the must-see movie of the year.

kick-ass (kik′as′)
1. having a strong effect on someone or something; forceful; powerful
2. exceptionally good; spectacular, impressive, etc.

The definition pretty much sums up the film in a nutshell. Kick-Ass is the superhero film we all dreamed of when we were kids. While it doesn't star our conventional Batman, Superman, or Spiderman, it puts ordinary everyday people into the spandex of a superhero and makes them kick some major ass.

Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is your average comic book reading teenage with nothing particularly special about him. Out of the blue one day, he wonders why people haven't become superheros like the ones he reads about. He decides to give it a try and dons the persona of Kick-Ass. It takes a few beatings and flesh wounds but Kick-Ass soon goes viral and more people are starting to rise up as superheroes, specifically the daddy/daughter duo Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz). Their fighting skills are much more advanced and they decide to go after drug lord Frank D'Amico. Kick-Ass now becomes entangled is something much better than he anticipated and is now force to become the superhero he always wanted to be.

Kick-Ass is funny, crude, and over-the-top in violence and blood. It's everything you want it to be plus more. Moretz is clearly the star of the film as Hit-Girl. Being that she's only 11 years old, she acts as if she were in her twenties. She has no problem sticking a sword straight through a criminal or yelling out profanity at the top of her lungs. Trust me, if you crossed paths with her in the streets, you'd run. Cage does an excellent job as Big Daddy, aka Batman 2.0, as well. Not only does he look like the Dark Knight but he brings a classic Adam West personality to him.

The film parodies many of the superheroes we are all familiar with, whether it's with the appearances or with hilariously reworded quotes.There's also one scene that reminiscent of the shootout scene from Wanted. It's like watching Kill Bill with superheroes. The trailers only give a brief look at Kick-Ass. In order to get the full experience, you have to watch this movie. Kick-Ass truly lives up to the title it's been given and more. With room for a sequel, this is the must-see movie of the year.

Matt Rodriguez
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