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Saturday, October 16, 2010

DVD Review: "Kick-Ass"


"Tool up, honey bunny. It's time to get bad guys."
If you're one of the many nerdy high school boys plagued with unpopularity and pimples, you'11 adore the underdog story of Kick-Ass. But if you're one of the rest of us, you probably won't.

Kick-Ass follows the story of high school student Dave Lizewski (played by Aaron Johnson) who's unsatisfied with his distinct power to be invisible to girls everywhere. After noticing a void of real-life superheroes in the world, he creates his own superhero he names Kick-Ass that will not only put the spotlight on him, but will provide him with the confidence he needs to face off against his bullies at school and elsewhere. Little does he know that his brilliant scheme will have other underdog superheroes (in their own right, as well) coming out of the woodwork to take him down. Those come in the form of Hit-Girl (played by Chloe Moretz), her sidekick dad Big Daddy (played by, wait for it, Nicholas Cage), and Red Mist (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) who all suffer from the same disease as Dave--unsatisfied-itis brought on by a severe allergy to complacency. Dave sinks deep into the world of superherodom and manages to escape the sorrows of his real identity by becoming not only a superhero to others but also to himself in the midst of battling a his very own nemesis and a crew of gangsters.

Though the plot is silly and overblown in some spots, Kick-Ass is fun for the comic book junkies and high schoolers out there. But Cage disappoints (yet again) in a role that is foolish and beneath him.

Reel Talk rating: C-

3 comments:

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

I loved Kick-Ass! It was also filmed in my hometown of Toronto. The scene where they walk into a movie theatre is the same one I go to all the time! Very surreal to see that. And Cage's performance when he is Big Daddy is a parody of the 60's Batman. At first he sounded strange and then read he was imitating Adam West's Batman.

Thanks Candice for your DVD review because you are actually right. I was one of those nerdy guys back in high school so I do love the movie. Actually I'm still a nerd except I wash my hair more!

Castor said...

I loved Kick Ass as well! Sure it's over the top but it's on purpose. Although it's not a classic, I thought it was quite an entertaining movie.

Corey said...

Funny review...but I have to disagree with Nic Cage! He was great in this -- the first time I've enjoyed his acting in a long time. Super creepy and funny.

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