Monday, 25 March 2013

Kick-Ass Review

Kick-Ass is a beautiful mesh of comedy and action. To be fair to those people just saying it looked funny, on the surface it does look like a typical comedy. Especially due to the casting of Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Clark Duke, both known for Superbad and Hot Tub Time Machine, respectively. 

Delve a little deeper, though, and you'll see that it's much, much more than that. Of course it's a superhero film at heart, with all the little references that comic book geeks (like myself) will get, but it also has some very heavy aspects of Crime/Thriller films like Heat. This is mostly down to the absolutely amazing casting of Mark Strong. He's heartless, he's bad ass, but most importantly he's a very good superhero villain. 


On top of all of this, it's also a terrific action film. The last thirty minutes can honestly compete with some of the best action films around. Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Predator - you name it and I honestly think it could compete with it. This comes down to the fantastic directing by Matthew Vaughn. I couldn't have come up with a better person to direct this. He's done action before, he's done funny before and he loves the source material and it shows! 


An essential part of the film is its eclectic soundtrack. Usually I would be concerned at such a prospect but the Kick-Ass soundtrack adapts the tracks brilliantly, making them feel like its own, alongside great songs from The Prodigy and Sparks to name a few. The choice of music fits perfectly with the high-octane action sequences and even adds emotional depth to key scenes - not bad for a superhero comedy movie! 

Kick-Ass is the rarest of films, a successful hybrid of two genres that delivers an almost perfect cinematic experience. This is an essential film for all cinema-goers, catch it on the big screen and I guarantee you will be completely immersed in the explosive yet entertaining world of Kick-Ass. It really is one of the best superhero films out there right now. 

Lastly, it would be silly not to mention that great performances from Nicolas Cage (I really never thought I would say that) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Is she old enough for me to fancy her yet?) who ultimately steals the show as the pint sized assassin Hit-Girl.

9/10