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Rick's Review of KICK ASS!

What's the movie? KICK ASS

Who Directed it? Matthew Vaughn, the director of such films like Layer Cake and the absolutely wonderful Stardust. 

Who is in it? Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz- Plasse, Chloe Moretz, Nicholas Cage, Mark Strong, Lyndsy Fonseca, and Clark Duke

What's it about? Dave Lizewski wants to be a superhero after realizing that so much bad is happening and no one does a thing about it.  He purchases a wetsuit and goes out to fight crime as KICK ASS!  Unfortunately, without any kind of formal training, or superpowers, he winds up in the hospital.  He recovers and becomes an internet sensation.  But is it enough to prove that he is able to survive te experience?

What's good? I loved the hell out of this movie.  Allow me to explain.  I have been reading the comic since the first issue and I was aware that a movie was in the works but I never realized that it was being made at the same time that the comic came out.  That said, the comic essentially lays out the groundwork and the movie takes what was established in the book and builds it up into something that I can safely say that is better than the book it was based on.  The acting across the board is excellent.  I think that Aaron Douglas as Kick Ass is excellent and he grounds the movie and makes it relatively believeable.  Especially when Big Daddy (Cage) and Hit Girl (Moretz) come into the picture.  They are so absolutely over the top that it takes the movie to a whole other level of insane that you want a movie with just the two of them alone.  Nic Cage is essentially channelling Adam West and does so in a way that you know what he is trying to do.  For the most part, he's dead on.  Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl is awesome.  She is more badass than any character in the movie put together.  I could go on about her but just about every review will talk about her because she is undoubtedly a breakout character.    

Chris Mintz-Plasse is great as the Red Mist.  To say more would be spoiling, but I will say this.  His story arc is one of the more entertaining ones in the movie.  Mark Strong as the bad guy is excellent.  He is both menacing and hysterically funny all at the same time.  I loved him in Sherlock Holmes, and I loved him in KICK ASS.  I expect he will do just as awesome a job in Green Lantern as Sinestro.  Clark Duke as one of the best friends of Kick Ass is excellent.  He brings some great comedic moments to the proceedings ans fleshes out a character that was essentially not in the story all that much in the comic.  Lyndsey Fonseca is excellent as the love interest of the movie as well.  I can't say much about her because there are some nice moments that I really enjoyed with her character towards the end. 

The nods to comics, and movies in general are really well done.  I thouroughly enjoyed the way that the backstory for two characters was done in comic book form but done in a way that the images looked three dimensional and yet as part of a comic.  All the characters are very comic book savvy (to some extent, even the villains) which is refreshing to me because it shows an appreciation for the books that were a clear inspiration for the original source material to begin with.

That final act to the movie.  Wow.  I won't say more than I have to for fear of spoilers but know this.  Just when you thought the movie could not get any more insane, it does.  The payoff for this insanity is worth the price of admission alone.

What's not so good? The movie drags in some parts but nothing monumenatally bad. 

Final rating: 5 out of 5.  I enjoyed this movie quite a bit.  It is the best comic to film adaptation that I have seen in a long time.  And no, for those who think the movie is cute.  No it's not.  Badass, yes.  Cute? No.  The trailers have been playing it off as cute and the ugliness (and there is a lot of it) that happens in the movie definitely outweights the cute. 

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