Considering that this week’s DVD releases are terrible at best I’ve decided to go back a couple weeks and review something i missed. “Kick Ass,” based on the graphic novel of the same name was released on DVD, August 3rd. When I first saw this film in theaters I was in the middle of the pack. I didn’t adore it like some of the graphic novel faithful but I certainly didn’t hate it. The high school to hero storyline for the main character was enjoyable except for the unneeded narration throughout the first ten minutes. The Hit-Girl storyline was on about the same level, lacking in terms of a valid explanation for her extreme skill but highly fun and explosive.
On the second viewing of the film it jumped into at least my top 15 of the year, maybe even my top 10. The narration at the beginning is still annoying but i looked past it and instead focused on the charisma displayed by the young actor, Aaron Johnson. Looking at his performance throughout, it’s easy to see why he’s pulling in multiple movie offers including a rumored gig as Cyclops in the X-Men First Class film. He was the perfect high school student and was also able to pull off the rough look that he had to exhibit in the first part of the film.
The thing that jumps out at you more on second viewing is the true quality of Hit-Girl’s storyline. Yes, she’s a little girl who curses and gets beat up, big deal. She also cuts someone’s leg off, stabs multiple people in the chest and guns down a whole hallway of people in the final battle scene. And surprisingly, I believed every second of it. Impressive wire work allows her to run up walls and do everything else a trained assassin should be able to do. Her performance is on par with other fine actresses first serious performance including Jodie Foster in “Taxi Driver,” and Natalie Portman in “The Professional.” Nicholas Cage, an actor I usually despise, is even good in his role as Big Daddy. He’s able to channel an Adam West type personality while being bad-ass at the same time.
Every other actor is very strong in supporting roles including Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka McLovin), Mark Strong who plays the mob boss and even Kick-Ass’s father in his limited scenes.
Overall, this film is able to turn the comic book genre on its head. Just when we thought that the comic book movie was overdone Kick-Ass brings a fresh new angle that will keep us interested in they ever come out with a sequel.