Since the release of Batman in 1989, there have been many twists and turns along the enduring road of the comic book genre. There have been good times (Iron Man, Dark Knight, Ghost World), some unmemorable times (X-Men 3, Daredevil), and some times we’d just like to forget (Fantastic Four movies, Catwoman, Elektra). Now comes another entry into the new era of this genre, Kick-Ass. It contains gratuitous violence involving kids, children spouting harsh profanities, and multiple sexual acts performed by teenagers. Many critics find it to be morally reprehensible. This critic; however, thinks it’s the swift kick in the pants that American audiences really needed.
The film’s premise is a simple one. An average teenager, with no super powers, decides he wants to try being a superhero. A task that he comes to find is not as easy as it sounds. With help from some real superheroes, he realizes that he does have a power. That power being that he can do whatever he puts his mind to, even if that is simply kicking ass. A pretty average story when you break it down. It’s in the execution that this movie soars. Director Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Stardust) shows that not only does he know what he’s doing, but that he’s got style to spare. Whether with the film’s mesmerizing action sequences with Hit Girl, the clever use of random music selections, or the very well written script, this film moves at a neck-breaking speed that offers something audiences have been denied for some time…fun. Not “watch these two giants robots supposedly called Transformers blow stuff up for no reason” fun or “everything is shown in 3-D so we must be having fun” fun. Kick-Ass offers quality humor to go along with its thrilling action sequences totaling out to maximum fun for everyone.
Now there have been many critics boo-hooing this movie due to its supposed questionable material. Some believe that if kids see this film that they might be likely to imitate some of the characters’ actions (i.e. if Hitgirl kills a whole room of guys, then little Bobby Jones in Missouri might think he’d be able to do the same). To that, I say for shame fellow critics. First off, you think entirely too low of kids. Secondly, this film is a very good definition of “tongue in cheek”. Like any superhero movie, kids know that they can’t fly like Superman or swing from building to building like Spider-Man. So why would they suddenly believe that they can pick up a gun or knife, with no training, and wield it around like Hitgirl does? Kids get it. It’s make believe. There is an expression that keeps coming to mind around this way of thinking. “If it’s too loud, you’re too old.” While this may be loud for some, for this guy, it’s just the right level. Do yourself a favor and see this movie.