For those unfamiliar with Kick-Ass, the first film tells the story of mild-mannered high-school comic geek, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), who decides to become a real life superhero. Sick of being surrounded by apathy, he suits up in a modified green jumpsuit, arms himself with batons, and heads out to patrol the street for crime as ‘Kick-Ass’. Vigilantism isn’t his strong suit, however, as he has pretty much zero fight training. He soon gets his ass handed to him and winds up in the hospital. But it wasn’t for nought! He’s now strapped with a steel exoskeleton and permanent nerve damage, rendering him both more durable, and more capable of enduring pain. In an idiot move of monster proportions, Dave decides to get back on the Kick-Ass horse.
Dave’s antics soon take him viral with a video of him kicking ass making the rounds online, inspiring two ACTUAL superheroes to suit up. Nicholas Cage delivers one of the best comedic performances of his career as the offbeat and slightly sociopathic former cop, Damon Macready (Nicholas Cage). He has been training up his precious baby girl, Mindy Macready (Chloé Grace Moretz), since her birth against the mobsters that killed his wife. They hit the streets as father-daughter tag-team, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl. Click here for a touching example of their sweet relationship:
Anyway, Dave soon gets embroiled in Big Daddy’s lifetime obsession with taking down wife-killer, Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong). Events unfold. Punches are delivered. One-liners are dropped.
Kick Ass, though controversial for its depictions of bloody bloody violence and dirty dirty language (all delivered by little Chloé Moretz), is a genre-bending game changer in the superhero pantheon. Kick-Ass is ugly, gritty, and caustically real. Where most superhero films shy away from being graphic, Kick-Ass gets you up close and tight with the blood dripping down the blade Hit Girl’s halberd. What I got from this film was a serious case of cult love, and an irrational fear of eleven-year old girls who like purple.
As is why I am HUGELY excited for Kick-Ass 2!!!
This trailer looks pretty kickass, non? (Pun very much intended)
Kick-Ass and Hit Girl are both back with more badassery, but this time, they have a POSSE.
The superhero craze has really caught on, with hapless Dave (who’s now smart enough to wear kevlar) and deadly Mindy leading the charge. With the rise in superheros, the crazies come out to play. Enter the world’s weeniest supervillian: Chris D’Amico, Frank D’Amico’s son. Alas, let’s take a gander at the fun new cast of characters:
The new and improved, Kick-Ass
Hit-Girl as a sassy meangirl
Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey)
Battle Guy (Clark Duke)
The Motherf*cker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)
Honestly, I’m pretty excited with where they’re taking the Kick-Ass mythos. The expansion of the superhero ranks, and consequently, the criminal ranks feels like a very organic direction for growth. As cool as all the fight scenes will be though, what set the last one apart was Dave Lizewski’s incredible capacity to care. The heart beating at the centre of the first Kick-Ass was about being an ordinary hero in an extraordinary way. I just hope they don’t lose sight of that.