The movie “Kick Ass” is a darkly comedic violent look at what would happen if someone with no skills and no superpowers put on a costume and tried to fight crime. It’s directed by the excellent director behind “Layer Cake”, Matthew Vaughn. It’s sharp, funny, and a lot of fun. And if you haven’t read the comic, you’ll really enjoy it (if this type of movie is your bag).
If you have read the comic, though, be prepared. It’s not as nihilistic. It’s not as dark. It’s not as realistic. And it’s not as emotionally weighted. Independent of each other, they’re both excellent stories, but it’s difficult not to compare the two, and that comparison leaves the movie woefully lacking.
I wish I could have seen the movie first and read the book second. The acting, timing, and story were all above reproach (especially Nicolas Cage’s vigilante). When it comes out next Friday, go see it. Bring a friend. Because movies like this deserve to get support and deserve to kick ass at the box office, regardless of how much I wanted it to be exactly like the comic.
I give it three and a half bloody butterfly knives out of five.