Kick Ass is a really good movie. It's a very satisfying melange of teen comedy like American Pie, dark superhero film like Watchmen and gory violence porn like Kill Bill. I'm more than a little surprised it got made.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about the film is how great Nicholas Cage is in it. I am not a big fan of his particular brand of overacting. And yet, the fact that he does a spot on Adam West Batman voice when he is in superhero guise was just one nice layer of his performance.
The film did a nice job of deconstructing the traditional roles of heros & villains. It was not quite as meta as Invincible (one of my favorite movies) but it came close. It observes how often family tragedy is a spurring point for the traditional comic hero and villain, and gives 3 different examples of this effect.
In general, the movie was very successful in blending the disparate elements of it's plot. Smarter people than I could examine the role the whole "she thinks I'm gay" storyline plays in the standard hero origin (is it a secret identity? Are heroes pretending to be something they aren't?)
Note: this movie is extraordinarily violent. There is plenty of blood, massive amounts of shootings, people being burnt to death and all sorts of beatings.
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