117 min. minutes | Rated R
Every so often, Kick-Ass (the Matthew Vaughn—directed adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s real-world-superhero comic book) sparkles with a fanboy wit that threatens to poke holes in the entire ridiculous idea of superhero movies. Aaron Johnson's Dave Lizewski is your standard funnybook nerd (of the skinny-kid-with-an-Afrolike-haircut variety, not the overweight-kid-with-overly-stylish-glasses version), who gets the idea to put on a costume and fight crime as a hero named Kick-Ass, less because he wants to do right in the world and more because he thinks it would be supremely cool. And there's not much more to the movie than that: Kick-Ass fights bad guys and teams up with other superheroes, and then they all battle their way up to a confrontation with the Big Bad Guy. It could be the plot of a video game from 1987. Kick-Ass is about how superheroes are basically a dumb, dangerous idea with elements of creepy serial-killer behavior, but it's also about how wearing costumes, blowing shit up, and kicking the asses of anonymous mob guys like in video games is totally fucking awesome. Those two ideas simply aren't compatible. Kick-Ass is full of enough ineptly handled superhero-movie tropes to turn off an audience drawn by the real-life-superhero concept, and packed with enough clever winks to frustrate the shut-your-brain-off-and-watch-shit-go-boom crowd.
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