Kick-Ass (R) 117 minutes B+
Starring Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, Lyndsy Fonseca, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Chloe Moretz
As a kid I dreamt of fighting crime and ridding the world of evil doers much like Batman and Robin. The caped crusaders were especially inspiring because they were (for all intents and purposes) mere mortals who happen to have an endless supply of cool gadgets in their handy utility belt, a badass Batmobile, the Batcave, Alfred and a fail proof alert system - the BatSignal/Redphone... Ok, so their situation was extraordinary, but it gave wannabe vigilantes a ray of hope.
Kick-Ass, one of the best films I've seen this year (so far), it's for anyone who has ever tied a beach towel around their neck, owned a pair of underoos or secretly thought they had "spidey sense".
These days I'm not much of a comic book guy, nor do I particularly care for action-adventure (much less crime fighting). Yet Kick-Ass made me want to buy a comic book, read a graphic novel and watch Sin City.
Nicolas Cage is outstanding and the young cast is very convincing, especially the uber-adorable Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl. The film is not for everyone because of the intense violence oddly coupled with young-adult humor, but regardless of the teen-comedy meets Quentin Tarantino hybrid it all works heroically.