Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. We follow high school kid David played by Aaron Johnson, who is just a typical kid living with his single dad. His mother died, but not by some villain that he must avenge for her death. She dies of an aneurysm. Weekly him and his friends get bullied and robbed of by a pair of thugs who patrol near the comic book store they frequent. Others see them being robbed but do nothing. Dave decides he doesn't want to be one of those people who just do nothing and asks, "How come no one has ever tried to be a superhero?"
There have been many super hero movies, but not quite any like this. To me it was more true to the superhero myth. The trailer simply made me want to see it. And I loved the movie. The trailer is a bit deceiving -- promoting Kick-Ass as a comedy and though it has some very funny moments, it is more serious than comedy. This movie is also rated R. It has a lot of cuss words, mostly by a little girl in it called Hit Girl. It is very violent too, gory, a bit of nudity, sexual innuendo, and masturbation.
Which begs the question as to why a grandmother was in my theater with two kids around 6 or 7 years old.
Getting flak from his friends, our hero decides to become a superhero. He orders a green wetsuit and hood. He does a little practicing and heads out one day to catch some criminals and be a hero. He ends up running into the neighborhood robbers who rob him and his buddies in a parking lot trying to break into a car. He asks them to stop. They confront him and he starts fighting using his two big sticks for weapons, but they overpower him and one of them stabs Kick Ass (that is his name) in the stomach and then he gets hit by a car.
This to me was a metaphor like in any mythical story or super hero story. It is like a his death and resurrection into his superhero alter persona. Most of his broken bones are reinforced with rods (Dave: "Whoa. I'm like Wolverine now...") and he suffers some nerve damage, which means he can withstand greater amounts of pain.
During one of his 'patrols' Dave protects a man being attacked by three hoodlums. He's beaten very badly, but drives them off. Someone notices and posts the video on YouTube, and he becomes an overnight sensation. But some real superheroes take notice -- like Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and his daughter Hit Girl (played wonderfully by newcomer Chloe Moretz). After watching Kick-Ass on YouTube, Big Daddy remarks, "He should called himself 'Ass Kicked' instead."
When Kick-Ass tries to fulfill an online request for help he gets in some serious trouble and is rescued by Big Daddy and Hit Girl. Later we find out he was a cop and got framed by this Frank guy and got sent to prison which is what made Big Daddy a superhero. He's trained his daughter to be a badass and she is only 11. When we meet them Big Daddy is is teaching her take a bullet using a bullet proof vest.
Big Daddy's nemesis is mob kingpin Frank, who mistakenly believes that Kick-Ass is responsible for the work of Big Daddy and Hit Girl. The movie spirals to a showdown between Frank and the superheroes.
It is a feel good movie even with all the violence. It entertains you. It is a movie that makes you think if you could be a superhero, would you? My favorite scene is towards the end, taking place in a hall of books. If you have ever seen the movie Equilibrium, just think about the scene in the hall near the end of the movie with a sword, except replace the sword with a gun. It is a kick ass scene. I hope there will be another one, and the ending leaves room for one, so there may be hope for a sequel.