Every once in a while the beauty of low expectations helps make a good film great. I had no idea what to expect coming into Kick Ass, but I came out thinking this was one hell of a kick ass film.
Smart writing and a fresh new take on the comic book genre makes this an incredibly refreshing package. The trailers for this movie don’t do it justice. A movie about a kid with no super powers who decides to try and become a hero anyway – this film finds an entertaining balance between being “real” which, let’s face it would just be a big buzzkill, and pure comic book fantasy. It is the faux-realistic unreality that works so brilliantly for this film.
To give you some idea of how good this film is, Nicolas Cage’s ham fisted acting actually works well here. Any film maker that can take his style and make it a good thing, is clearly a talented man.
One of the best films of the year, no doubt. Four stars.