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  • Title: Kick-Ass
  • Rated: R
  • Cast: Nicholas Cage, Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz
  • Director: Matthew Vaughn
  • Written by: Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman
  • Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • Original Year of Release: 2010
  • Extras: See Below
  • Series: Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass

KICK-ASS Blu-Ray Review

Millar’s Comic Book Kicks-Ass on Blu-Ray!

By Tim Janson     August 08, 2010
Source: Mania

KICK-ASS Blu-Ray Review
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The Movie

As comic book fans we’ve probably all wondered what it would be like to throw on a cape and go out to fight the bad guys.  Mark Millar’s “Kick-Ass” is based on that premise of ordinary people becoming costumed crime-fighters…often with disastrous results.  Such is the case with Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), as average a teenager as you can possibly find, who orders a wetsuit online to serve as his costume.  Dave triumphantly takes to the streets…and promptly gets his ass kicked by two thugs, and then hit by a car.  One can imagine that this would be the most likely outcome if someone were that foolhardy.  Thanks to having his body pieced together with metal pins and rods and nerve damage, which leaves him somewhat pain resistant, Dave becomes a bargain basement Wolverine and his resolve is even greater.  His exploits soon become the rage of the Internet as he takes the name “Kick Ass”.

Dave isn’t the only hero in town, however.  While issuing a warning to a drug dealer and his cronies, Dave is caught and rescued by a foul-mouthed, ultra-violent 11 year-old sweetheart named Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz).  Together with her father Big Daddy (Nic Cage) the pair make Batman and Robin look like a couple of altar boys, with their arsenal of weapons and deadly tactics.  Big Daddy, a former cop, was sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, leaving his pregnant wife to take her own life.  He’s now after crime lord Frank D’Amico, the man who framed him.  Dave quickly realizes he’s in way over his head and tries to give up his costume for good when he’s targeted by D’Amico who thinks he’s the one responsible for the attacks on his organization.

Some are simply aghast at Kick-Ass’ treatment of the Hit Girl character.  When we first meet her, she dressed in a cute pink coat as her dad is firing his pistol at her at point blank range to test out the new bulletproof vest and to “train” her to accept the pain of a slug.  This is a little girl who is ecstatic over receiving a new stiletto for her birthday when most girls her age are receiving Barbie dolls.  Her dad has trained her from birth to be the ultimate killing machine.  She takes out a room full of baddies, lopping off limbs, and stabbing thugs through the heart as gleefully as if she were having a tea party.  I cannot emphasize how brilliant it was to have the theme from the old Saturday morning TV show “The Banana Splits” playing throughout the carnage.  But it is the very epitome of comic book violence, even if it hadn’t been based on a comic.  Even as Hit Girl is being pummeled by an adult, you don’t get upset because you know she’ll eventually win the battle.  Chloë Grace Moretz gives the most memorable performance by a child actor since Linda Blair puked out split pea soup in “the Exorcist”.

The character of Kick-Ass was changed a bit from the comic if only enough to make him look a bit older and physically more believable than John Romita’s comic version. Cage is remarkably reserved in his role, considering his penchant for chewing up scenery. He could have been way over the top and yet he’s more like a skewed version of Ward Cleaver or Cliff Huxtable or any other kindly TV dad. Instead of helping his child with her math homework he quizzes her on firearms. Is he seriously traumatized? You bet, but he cares for his child as much as any father…despite putting her life in constant danger. Such is the warped but appetizing world of Kick-Ass where violence and mayhem become irresistibly and unapologetically entertaining.

The Blu-Ray Extras

The outstanding away of extras makes this a must purchase!

Audio Commentary with Directory Matthew Vaughn

Ass-Kicking Bonus View Mode. Similar to Warner Bros. Maximum Movie Mode, this allows you to watch the movie in a picture-in-picture format. The movie plays in a small screen while the main view features interviews with cast and crew and running commentary with Matthew Vaughn who takes you through the various scenes in the film. Vaughn discusses the use of the controversial “C” word uttered by Moretz and opted to use it to remain faithful to Mark Millar’s story.

A New Kind of Super Hero: The Making of Kick-Ass (1:52:00) this multi-part documentary is as long as the film itself. In “Pushing Boundaries” Millar discusses the creation of the comic story and how the comic’s film rights were sold even before the mini-series was complete.

“Let’s Shoot this F**ker!” Covers the film’s production as Vaughn discusses the benefits and problems of working with a mainly younger and inexperienced cast of actors.

“Tempting Fate” Looks at the climactic battle at the D’Amico penthouse apartment including the stunt work and sound editing.

“All Fired Up” The final part of the documentary covers the set design and visual effects.

It’s On: The Comic Book Origins of Kick-Ass (20:30) This focuses entirely on the development of the comic book series as Millar and Romita, Jr. discuss the evolution of the series which was originally intended to be about Hit Girl and Big Daddy only. You get to spy over Romita’s shoulder as he works on some of the original pages.

The Art of Kick-Ass Multiple galleries of sketch and storyboard art, concept art, on-set photos, and promotional art.

The only disappointment in the extras was the lack of deleted scenes, particularly since Vaughn mentioned there was a good deal of cut scenes and he was considering a Director’s Cut.


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lazerman 8/8/2010 12:18:27 PM

And your rating is???

trollman 8/8/2010 3:30:46 PM

well I liked the movie enuf to hope 4 a sequel. I wouldn't let my 10 yr old see it, too explicit in the language/violence areas, and yes I thought, "how could her parents let little Chloë Grace Moretz say those lines".  But Chloë stole the show. I wont go buy the bluray based on anything I read here tho.

axia777 8/8/2010 5:12:44 PM

 I am buying the Blu Ray. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this movie! It was hilarious! It has so many laugh out loud lines in it my sides were hurting half way through the movie. This movie was easily better than many other super hero movie including X-Men 2, X-Men 3, Spider-Man 3, and a bunch of others to bad to list. HUGE thumbs up for KICK ASS!!!! w00t baby!!!! YEAH!!!! My only disappointment is that I wish I saw this in the theaters and my daughters was old enough to see it. She can't as she is only 11 and Hit Girl is way to raw to have her hear. ROFL!!! Hit Girl RULES!!!!  5 stars man.

tjanson 8/8/2010 6:39:40 PM

Hi,  For some reason the Grade didn't get posted when they uploaded the review.  Should be fixed soon.  Grade is an A

death4sale 8/9/2010 1:05:45 AM

I think this movie rocks and can't wait for a sequel. But the PQ on the Bluray is very disappointing for me. Somone applied too many color filters on this and gave it a bluish haze throughout the film. Some of the areas that are supposed to be shadows are no longer black. Colors are tweaked so high that many of the blacks look blue and that was killing it for me. Rich, deep blacks is what helps give movies a three-dimensional look. And with so many filters applied, skin textures were too smooth. Closeups don't have as much definition as many other films. I keep thinking that perhpas these were all aesthetic choices made by the filmmakers to coverup the lack of budget which works fine, but this isn't how I remember the film looking in theaters. Other than those gripes, I love this movie. I'm not buying the bluray until it is real in the $9.99-12.99 range.

RaM1Lo 8/9/2010 9:16:34 AM

Should i hold off buying the BD in hopes of a Director's (or Unrated) Cut?

tjanson 8/9/2010 10:31:11 AM

Ram...that's a tough call.  A director's cut hasn't been officially announced but If I had to bet money I'd say there will definitely be one at some point.

nikkilove123 8/9/2010 2:17:00 PM

_____ Cougarmony . c o m _____ hot and sincere people from all parts of the world gather here, for the one common goal. Search and meet their friends or dream lovers!!! it always worths the efforts to try! life is a journey, no body wants to be alone! anyway, that's what I heard from a hot cougar from there.

Muenster 8/9/2010 2:40:18 PM

I might buy the directors cut blu-ray when and if it become available and then only if thre is a sequel. Don't normally go for movies like this one, but this one was sadistically funny and violent, dark comedy. (?)  

Anyone notice that nikkilove123 is saturation bombing our comments areas? Go fish for dorks on some other site nikki.

scytheofluna 8/17/2010 7:54:39 AM

Fantastic film.  The Blu Ray comes with DVD and a digital copy so it's a damned good deal.  If they put out a director's cut I'll buy that too, but I've already gotten my money's worth out of this one.

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