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Fictional violence has to be one of the oddest things to entertain us. It’s ten times more extravagant than any real-life bloodshed, yet we cheer it on. We line up to see endless unfortunates butchered by the hero, with the knowledge that in reality James Bond would have been dissected by some kind of laser trap, Uma Thurman would have been sliced to bits within five minutes, and that someone would have the genius idea of shooting Batman in the mouth. Kick-Ass manages to take every aspect of violence we’re used to, and shape it into something hilarious, disturbing, exciting and straight up confusing that forms one of my favourite movies this year.
We are given the story of a kid called Dave Lizewski who decides to become a costumed vigilante, not through traumatic life-altering events, but through the fact that no one has tried it before. This is the first way that director Matthew Vaughn subverts what Hollywood has made us come to expect thanks to independent British funding which I can only show my utmost respect for. It’s clear that everything you see is exactly what the creators wanted, and it all makes for something so unique, you’ve nothing to get bored at. For example. When it comes to the classic ‘first set of muggers to lay your justice upon’ scene, Dave doesn’t own the scene with completely brutal yet somehow bloodless dominance. No. He gets knifed. And it doesn’t get much better after that. He is a terrible superhero, whose bravery is what makes you route for him. The fights he wins he barely scrapes through which makes Dave far more likeable than a moody Bruce Wayne.
Don’t think the film is just a harsh portrayal of how much you’d suck if you took justice into your own hands. The characters of Hit Girl and Big Daddy make for some of the most awe inspiring action sequences I’ve seen, including one scene that perfects the first person shooter style that so many others failed. This duo will be the favourites of many with Nicolas cage giving a hilarious and more importantly intentionally hilarious performance, and Chloe Moretz who is the coolest child actor since.......... ok she’s the first cool child actor.
There’s really nothing even to make fun of. The film knows exactly what it wants to be. Christopher Mintz Plasse is just doing Mclovin’ again but why else do you think they cast him? For me, this film can do no wrong. While all the Mike Leigh’s and Ken Loach’s do admittedly uphold our seal of quality, this is exactly what the British
film industry should be trying. Taking what America makes its millions from and doing it better. So by all means, see Kick-Ass if you fancy seeing what is hopefully the future of British filmmaking, or simply an 11 year old hacking people’s limbs off.