Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Starring Nicholas Cage, Mark Strong, Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Chloë Grace Moretz
I had long wanted to watch Kick-Ass, and we finally watched it last month. It was a blast! In one sentence, this was a modern reimagining of the superhero genre with a little gun porn thrown in.
Much like Superbad, Kick-Ass is full of awkward humor. This is the modern style, and it is not my own, but I acknowledge that it is popular. I cringed almost every time Aaron Johnson opened his mouth. Nicholas Cage was little better. I know that this was the object, but still!
As a superhero movie, this is excellent. Matthew Vaughn did X-Men: First Class as well, and I think he did an equally good job. This is a believable origins story for a group of heroes and villains, incorporating modern tastes and venerable traditions. If you know superhero origin stories, not much here will be surprising. But I have never been in favor of innovation for the sake of innovation.
There is just enough realism to Kick-Ass to make it feel fresh. A little assassin girl, no matter how well trained, cannot win a fist fight with a grown man who will strike back. I appreciated that. The thugs carry knives, and they will shank you. Money matters. Well done, and can we please have some more?