Kick-Ass is a superhero black comedy film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. The film was produced in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the first installment of the Kick-Ass film series.
Clearly, Matthew Vaughn is not a man lacking in confidence. Stardust and Layer Cake, his two films to date as director, were entertaining and satisfying; no mean feat. Kick-Ass, though, is an evolutionary leap, and the work of a director ready to gatecrash the A-list.
Shall I have feelings, or should I pretend to be cool? Let's say you're a big fan of the original comic book, and you think the movie does it justice. You know what?
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L ike an explosion in a bad taste factory, Matthew Vaughn 's teen-superhero black comedy Kick-Ass is a thoroughly outrageous, jaw-droppingly violent and very funny riff on the quasi-porn world of comic books — except that there is absolutely no "quasi-" about it. Vaughn and screenwriter Jane Goldman have adapted a comic-book series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr by crushing the essence of Kill Bill, Spider-Man and Ghostbusters to create something fantastically anarchic and gloriously irresponsible: a surrealist fantasy of adolescent wish-fulfilment and fear, sploshed on to the screen in poster-paint colours. In its monumentally mad and addled way, Kick-Ass might even be saying something about the ethics of civilians "having a go" at criminals, about teenagers getting bullied and about our brave new world of homemade internet celebrity.
Dave Lizewski Aaron Johnson is a geek who wonders why no one has ever tried to become a costumed superhero before. The pros are Hit-Girl Chloe Moretz and Big Daddy Nicolas Cagean adorable father-daughter duo who go out for ice cream by day and render criminals into slaughtered remains at night. The performance people will be buzzing about is Moretz.
This setup once could have been read as an allegory for the tribulations endured by the presumptive audience for the comic-book series from which the movies sprang. Another index of the changing pop-cultural times: innone of the major studios were interested in bankrolling the first movie, which was distributed by Lionsgate. By the time the movie was out, she was 13, and the outrage had subsided, perhaps because not many people were interested in paying to see it.
Kick-Ass is the latest in a long line of comic book adaptations to hit the theaters as of late, but it is certainly not your standard fare of people with unusual powers slapping on some fetish-inspired outfits and fighting crime. Kick-Ass is definitely more from the school of works like Watchmen which instead poses the question of what happens when an average person decides to become a superhero? What could possibly make someone risk their lives in such a way to save other people who will look at them as if they are nuts. Dave Lizewski Aaron Johnson is your average high school student that goes through life unnoticed by his classmates save for a pair of friends he goes everywhere with.