Just got back from a sneak peek of Matthew Vaughn's new film ,"Kick-Ass"
And boys and girls...whatta ride!
Adapted from the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. Marvel /Icon graphic novel by the same name.
'Kick-Ass" tells the story of Dave Lizewski, a comic-book fanboy, who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name -- Kick-Ass -- assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There's only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers. His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl and her father, Big Daddy.
Gonna make this as spoiler -free as possible for y'all.
The film is pretty faithful to the graphic novel..some liberties were taken,but all for the greater good.Vaughn along with screenwriter Jane Goldman,turn Millar's great comic into an even greater flick.(yes folks, it's a "Flick" not a "Film".Flicks are made to be FUN.A film would be "Schindler's List".Last time I checked,Schindler didn't use jet-packs and Gatling-guns to defeat his enemies.Maybe in the Michael Bay reboot of "Schinder's List".Movie tag for that film..."he's gotta list and boy is he pissed".But I digress..where was I?..oh yeah,"Kick-Ass")
The cast is great. Aaron Johnson(Kick-Ass) does a decent job as the zero turned hero.(btw..dude's from England.Totally convincing as a New Yorker..that alone earns some kudos or at least a "Nature Valley's " multi-grain health bar...yeah I went there...Don't forget to tip your waitress).
Christopher Mintz -Plasse as McLovin..i mean Red Mist is okay in this...though i kept on thinking ,"dude,that's McLovin...jigga,jigga,wha'?".
Nic Cage ,normally hot and cold in most of his films(mostly arctic,icicle ,dead of winter, cold)as Big Daddy turns out to be surprisingly very good in this role.I'm gonna say it, but this is his best role in a looooooong and I mean loooong time. I'm not gonna spoil it for you kiddies,but when Cage has dialogue in his Big Daddy mode...it is laugh out loud hi-larious!
But the stand out performance goes to lil' Chloe Moretz as Hit-Girl.She does such a great job.Funny, foul-mouthed, lethal and adorable.(weren't those the names of Snow White's Dwarfs or Santa's Reindeer?I always get those two sets confused)Moretz puts on such a memorable performance especially in the third act,that this movie should be called "Hit-Girl".One of the highlights in the flick for me was John Romita Jr.'s artwork come to life.It gives a whole new meaning to "motion -comics"
Is it perfect? No.With a budget of around a rumored $25 million( lunch money these days) Hollywood may rethink spending a billion Spiderman 3 dollars in the future and focus on storytelling.
Bloody...check! Funny...check! and overall enjoyable!(there are those stupid reindeer names again)...Check!!!
It's kinda hard to fit a five issue comic into a two hour flick(yeah, there's that word again)but I think purists and moviegoers alike will definitely get their money's worth.
"Kick-Ass."..Kicked -Ass!!! Cliche ,I know but actually true.
Kick-Ass opens April 16th
Update...those of you in L.A.
here's a fun and oh so cool event with tons o' swag and prizes to give away!