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Kick-Ass (Bilingual)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson , Nicolas Cage , Matthew Vaughn    DVD
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The cinematic equivalent of a half case of Red Bull chased with donuts, Kick-Ass is a giddy, violent experience--and not your average superhero movie. Based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., it offers a set of heroes who are decidedly without superpowers: Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) decides he'll be just like a comic-book character, and puts on a ridiculous green suit to fight crime as the mysterious Kick-Ass. Luckily, somebody else had the same idea and comes along to rescue the incompetent crusader: Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his daughter Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), who also happen to be running around town wearing masks and vanquishing evil. And here we have the movie's masterstroke: Hit Girl, a pint-sized preteen who slaughters bad guys and swears like a sailor on leave (and was the focus of a measure of controversy when the movie was released). The main target of our heroes is a gangster (Mark Strong, Sherlock Holmes), whose neglected son (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, McLovin from Superbad) figures he might just pull on a costume himself and become… Red Mist! (One of the many funny things about Kick-Ass is that the superhero names are hopelessly lame.) Director Matthew Vaughn is operating at the same glib level as his Layer Cake, with cutesy song cues galore and a freewheeling appetite for cartoon violence. This means the movie's high wears off quickly, but it does get high--a crazy, hilarious (and by the way: decidedly R-rated) kick. All that, plus Nicolas Cage executes a deadly Adam West imitation when he pulls on his cape and cowl. That's entertainment. --Robert Horton

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fun time is had by all Aug. 25 2010
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
A young man, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) notices that there are no real super heroes and wonders why more people do not try. Therefore, he orders himself a standard superhero suit becoming Kick-Ass and is carried away in his fantasy. He barely escapes the first hero attempt and to satisfy the girl of his dreams, asks for more. He is in over his head and as luck would have, he is spared his fate by the intervention of a real superhero, Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage.)

I have to admit that I never read the comic. I am sure that there is the standard mix of people that like or dislike the differences. However, this film can stand on its own as fun entertainment. I especially like the nonchalant attitude of the Mindy Macready character as she casually dispatches bad guys and evil doers.

This is well suited for the Blu-ray experience.

Be sure to look at the DVD extras. In one of the documentaries, they note that hit girl is dressed in a standard student uniform. Until I saw this documentary, I never thought of the fact that it was not meant to be sexy but imply that she was a poor lost child. Yet now when I look back at it I can see how it could be misinterpreted. Look for yourself and see what you think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most original superhero film in years Jan. 31 2011
We''ve all seen the "zero to hero" storyline a hundred times before, but I must say that this is the most refreshing take on the superhero origin that I''ve ever seen. Never quite a pure satire, this film doesn't really play it straight either as it moves back and forth between hilarious comedy and brutal action while always giving us characters we can care about. The only thing I can really compare it to is Kill Bill, and even that's not really appropriate. This one of a kind movie will take you on a unique, fun journey, provided you're willing to leave the beaten path.

Matthew Vaughn wrote and shot a great story, but the film wouldn't have worked nearly so well without such a stellar cast. Aaron Johnson keeps Dave a likeable teenager amidst all the craziness that surrounds him and Nicolas Cage delivers his best performance in years as Big Daddy. As wonderful as it is to watch these two skirt the line between superheroes and guys playing dress up, it's Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl that steals the show. The vicious killer who's also an innocent child could've gone wrong in any number of ways, but her performance carries it through.

This thing is absolutely loaded with bonus features. The featurettes range from ok to fascinating and cover every element of the film. Vaughn's commentary is more informative than entertaining but it does provide some really good insights into his process. Finally, the 'Bonus View' mode is actually worth checking out as it intercuts the commentary track with various interviews and behind-the-scenes looks. A fan really couldn't ask for anything more on this disc.

While certainly not a big-budget spectacle, this movie is still well served by the Blu-Ray format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film ...but beware Sept. 30 2014
By KatoD
Beware ...this is a great small film, but has a very darker tone that works on so many levels.
But not a film for comicbook watching audiences members (i.e. young boys/kds) who watch 'Iron Man' type movies ...as this movie has a darker, yet still entertaining (even humorous) tone that deals with another side of the superhero craze out there.

Nick Cage is brilliant, Chloë Grace Moretz (at 13yrs) is also brilliant.
Some will recognize (a more adult) Aaron Taylor-Johnson from the current 'Godzilla'.

Highly recommend this film ....just beware of the darker tone (not for young kids), as the marketing material can be alittle deceiving.
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Outstanding movie with great roles played by both main father, daughter characters. A somewhat surreal setting using a lethal tongue in cheek humor used to keep this cutting edge movie riveted in your seat. All other characters were also very well played and believable to an extent. This is a movie I'd recommend over and over again, a must watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites May 2 2014
By Ludwin
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One of my favorite action or super-hero movies. It is shocking, novel, entertaining and very well acted. The action sequences are exhilarating. For mature audiences only, as the violence is truly shocking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great action movie! Aug. 31 2013
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Comedy, a bit of suspense and non-stop action. Good story.

Quite violent, not recommended for the very young audience.

Strongly recommended.
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By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER
You know,the great thing about being an independent reviewer here at Amazon is that I don't have to follow the latest edition of the Hollywood Reporter,or be at the next L.A.soiree for the premiere of some movie,or attend the latest film festival in Timbuktu.Instead I may,or may not have heard some movie hype before hand,just like any other person.Well I did not hear squat about Kick-Ass(released Mar/10) except for it being shown at the local theatre where I live.So what a pleasant surprise to view a film that has combined the super hero genre with the human condition and wrapped it all up in a film with a big heart.It is NOT what you might expect,as this is one film that should not be judged by its derivative and simplistic title.
The film stars,among others,Aaron Johnson,Christopher Mintz-Plasse,Chloë Grace Moretz,Mark Strong and Nicolas Cage.
The story finds an ex policeman who was framed by the local drug lord in New York City.He is back and has been slowly seeking revenge on the king pin who did him wrong,Frank D'Amico.In his preparation,he has brought up his pre teen daughter to be able to handle herself physically and mentally in dangerous circumstances.She knows everything from kung fu to shooting an AK-47,and everything in between.In a parallel plot we have a young high school student who fantasizes about fighting crime.He actually orders a form fitting blue uniform one day and starts his perilous journey,which has more than its share of bumps.When he confronts three bullies beating up on one man he becomes an instant You Tube sensation and his life and new moniker,Kick-Ass,turn upside down in an instant.His girlfriend tells him about some guy who has been hassling her and he goes to his apartment to warn him off.
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