You guys! Hit Girl and Big Daddy is totally the best movie I’ve seen this year! It’s so heartwarming and original and provocative at the same time! I love their relationship and their fearlessness, and…oh wait. This movie is called Kick-Ass? Well, I guess it’s still pretty awesome.
Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic book is fiercely entertaining. The superhero genre has been taking itself far too seriously of late (Dark Knight, I’m looking at you!), and Kick-Ass takes those gloomy conventions, drenches them in twisted irony and spits them back out.
Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson, center) is an ordinary, somewhat nerdy high school student. There’s no romantic devastation to his life. His mother died of an aneurism when he was young, but he lives with a loving and attentive father. He’s got a couple of friends, a curly moptop, no special powers and no all-consuming lust for vengeance. Dave’s understated voice-over tells us early on not to expect a lot of melodrama from his origin story: “Like most people my age, I just existed.” Continue reading