‘Kick-Ass’ is an action packed rated R movie. And you need to know right off the bat that it is rated R for a reason. I decided to see ‘Kick-Ass’ on opening night, which was yesterday, because the trailer had really entranced me. I don’t know what I was taking in from the preview, but my perceptions of the movie before going in were grossly wrong.
I’m not a comic book person, I’m not really an action-packed or even Superhero movie person, and I’m not into violence. Yet, ‘Kick-Ass’ was a movie I wanted to see. A movie about ordinary people becoming superheroes and fighting crime; with some comedy thrown in, was too much to pass up.
First off, I went to see it at the ArcLight movie theater in Hollywood, a very nice trendy theater and it was packed. People started clapping when the lights dimmed because they were so excited. And I was swept into the excitement. And then the movie started, and within minutes, blood was pouring, sex jokes were launched and I knew this was not the movie I had been anticipating.
While it wasn’t what I had originally anticipated ‘Kick-Ass’ was a movie that kicked a lot of ass. Full of humor, violence, funny voices (Nic Cage as ‘Big Daddy’ was hilarious when he talked), there was never a dull moment in this fast paced movie. The gem was of course, ‘Hit Girl’ played by Chloe Moretz, with her fast swinging, gun and knife toting self. But beware the language coming out of her mouth would cause any mother to clean their child’s mouth out with soap.
On that note, this is not a family movie. Don’t be fooled by the cute trailers, with the young kids talking about how cool it would be to be superheroes. This movie is not a teen comedy about ordinary kids wanting to be superheroes. It is about revenge, killing, slashing, at one point there is a killing spree where someone’s legs are severed, people are decapitated, and another person is put in a human microwave and explodes.
Newcomer Aaron Johnson plays Kick-Ass and he is wonderful, his personality and charm provided for me, the saving grace in the movie. Oh and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as ‘Red Mist’ was hilarious. ‘Kick-Ass’ is not a movie for everyone. The plot was weak at best and served as a vehicle to include as much violence as possible. However, I am definitely not the audience that a movie like ‘Kick-Ass’ is going after and having said that I think men and lovers of comic books will love the movie.
If you want to watch ‘Kick-Ass,’ you can choose from many great movie theaters in Los Angeles. Some of the best one’s I’ve been to are:
1. Regal Cinemas LA LIVE Stadium 14-1000 West Olympic Boulevard,Los Angeles, CA 90015
2. Pacific Theaters- The Grove- 189 The Grove Drive Los Angeles, CA 90036
3. AMC Burbank- 125 E. Palm Ave. Burbank, CA 91502
SEE THE TRAILER AND PHOTOS HERE