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Friday, April 16, 2010

MOVE REVIEW: "KICK-ASS"

    With a name like "Kick-Ass", you know it's going to be a wild ride! When the theatre down the street is so fearful of our overly conservative media and society they can't even display the full name on the marquee, only as "Kick-A!", yeah, this is gonna be good! Based on the recent Icon comic book series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., "Kick-Ass" is one of the most controversial and brutal comic titles ever. Independent film producers Marv Films releases a movie adaptation of "Kick-Ass" in one of the most faithful comic adaptations I've ever seen. Both the comic's and the movies prologue are almost exactly identical, dialogue and all. Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), high school, student and comic book fan aspires to be a real life superhero, donning a makeshift disguise he becomes Kick-Ass and on his first attempt to fight crime, literally gets his ass kicked! After a few months of rehabilitation and several metal implants he resumes his alter-ego and finds he is not alone. Also with the father and daughter duo Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) along with Red-Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) begin a popular trend of costumed crime-fighters who try to end organized crime like Crime Boss Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong). Soon, they find out that crime fighting is not like in the comic-books as Kick-Ass becomes a target because of his own want for publicity and Big Daddy's and Hit-Girl's own quest for vengeance proves they bit off more than they could chew! With an intense and ultra-violent experience mixed with awkward humor and comic book-like atmosphere "Kick-Ass" is one of the best comic book movies in a long time and proves to be successful without big-budget Hollywood or multi-million dollar studios. "Kick-Ass" definitely Kicks Ass!