Where genre-bending, unconventionally cool and badass is concerned, there’s not much Superhero films can do that’s really different from what’s been done before. Unless, obviously, you are Christopher Nolan and inception-ing people’s minds and proving them wrong is your twisted hobby.
But as much as I am a major fanboy of Nolan’s Batman movies and as much as I couldn’t believe that someone could *actually* undo the damage Joel Schumacher did by taking a dump on the entire genre, let’s face it – Batman’s pretty awesome all by himself too (because Robin’s best suited in How I Met Your Mother).
My point being, when you have great power, you have been trained by a Jedi (Liam Neeson) AND have at your service John Carter (Michael Caine) and God himself (Morgan Freeman), great responsibilities aren’t really a big deal, you know?
But when you have no power, does that still mean you have no responsibilities? How about that for an exceptionally intelligent yet subtly philosophical question in a movie column? Boom! (Always wanted to do that). Wordplay aside, that’s exactly the question an ordinary teenager, a ‘loser’, tries to answer in the movie that’d make any Superhero proud.
Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) has no superpower, no skills, no girlfriend… no life at all. And then, one day, he decides that the world needs real life superheroes and becomes ‘Kick-Ass’. And just as any *real* superhero would, Dave gets his ass kicked… till he meets two other vigilantes – Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz). And then, Sh*t. Goes. Down!
In the most ridiculously entertaining film you’d have seen in a while, Matthew Vaughn shows just why you don’t need to be a superhero to kick some a**. The supremely talented British director, in the movie that laid the foundation for his X Men: First Class, collaborated with Scottish comic book writer, Mark Millar, to make this refreshingly funny, violent and irreverent take on superhero flicks, peppered with so much spunk that you’d not only love the action, you’d *be* the action.
And the talented cast (including the awesome Mark Strong and Christopher ‘McLovin’ Mintz-Plasse), the wacky screenplay and the fantastic music (listen to ‘Hey little world’ from The Hives NOW) apart, watch it for 11-year-old Moretz. In a role that’s as controversial as it is genius, Moretz’ Hit Girl could be *the* answer to everything from slavery to child abuse. Fandom. Will. Happen.
Starring: Aaron Johnson, Nicholas Cage, Chloe Grace Moretz, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Written By: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn
Note: This recommendation first appeared in MTV Noise Factory, November 2011 issue
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