Holy Shit. Let me reiterate that: HOLY FUCKIN’ SHIT!
The statement above was my immediate reaction as soon as the credits of Matthew Vaughn’s latest film, Kick-Ass, started rolling. Kick-Ass is bold, is audacious, but most of all, is unique.
David Lizewski, an average high-schooler, lives a fairly monotonous life. A geek by nature, always questions why no one has ever tried to suit-up in a costume and fight crime, even though there are millions of comic book fans. One fine day, he dons a scuba suit and takes it upon himself to find out what would happen if a normal person tried to fight crime( ofcourse without the superpowers). When one of his videos spreads virally across the interwebs, he grabs the attention of crime boss, Frank D’Amico, and several other costumed crime fighters.
The incredible direction:
Matthew Vaughn’s directing chops lie not only in his creation of an incredible visual style, but also in his ability to combine styles of other films and end up with something of his own. Heavy references can been picked out of films such as The Matrix and several films of John Woo. Even the score of the film borrows from films such as Sunshine and 28 Days Later. What I really loved about his direction was that he actually managed to evoke the moods of those films. This film cements Matthew Vaughn’s best film to date and his place in the industry as a master storyteller.
The brilliant performances:
From Aaron Johnson’s portrayal of Kick-Ass to Jason Flemyng as the doorman, the performances in this film are outstanding and highly enjoyable. But one bears highlighting. That is Chloe Grace Moretz’s performance as Hit-Girl. As a highly respected critic said, “Hit-Girl is 2010’s Hans Landa.” Hit Girl essentially steals the film and Chloe Grace Moretz is just perfect for the role. The character is as iconic as one can get. Hell, she’s not only the most bad-ass character of the film, she’s probably one of the most bad-ass characters to ever hit the cinema screens. People were applauding as she battled through the horde of villains, but were in shock and horror when violence was actually being inflicted upon her. Could this be a testament to Moretz’s acting ability?
And finally, the beloved action:
The action in this film is just spell-binding. The action is diverse, with each set piece having, sort of, it’s own character and charm. It ranges from brawls to shoot-outs. Locations, enemies and styles, all change and never let the viewer of the hook. I believe it could be due to the low budget Vaughn had( a mere $40 million) and look what he ended up with. He had to create something special with each action sequence and he definitely succeeds in bringing the visceral thrill of watching two people go all out in a fist-fight or gun-fight. The tension builds up to an amazing degree, leading to an end that has the audience cheering and on their feet.
I know there may be flaws in this film and I haven’t talked about them at all. Maybe a second viewing will make them stand out. But, all I know is that when the credits started rolling, I wanted to watch it again. I wanted to spend more time in the hyper-violent world. It took some time to get into the film, but once it grabbed me, it took me for an awesome adventure and I was completely sold. Kick-Ass ends with a possibility for future adventures, and at this point, I will be ever ready to be present for each and every one of them.
So, what did you guys think?
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