Press Play: Kick-Ass

Press Play: Kick-Ass

Aug 04, 2010

This week's must-see DVD/BD, and why we're lovin' it.

What? Kick-Ass

Who? Directed by Matthew Vaughn and starring Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Mark Strong

Why? Kick-Ass imagines a world where the people who dress up as superheroes at places like Comic-Con take it to the next level: fighting crime on the streets. Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is your normal nerdy high school student whose only superpower is, as he describes, "being invisible to girls." He wonders why no one has ever tried to be a superhero and decides to dress up as a masked wonder named "Kick-Ass" to help fight crime. After a cell phone video of Kick-Ass defending a guy from a group of thugs goes viral on YouTube, superhero mania sweeps the nation and more wanna-bes start grabbing headlines. Kick-Ass teams up with the foul-mouthed, lethal tyke Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) and her father, weapons enthusiast/former cop Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), to take down a murderous drug kingpin (Mark Strong). The main obstacle is that the mafioso's son (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) has adopted the superhero persona "Red Mist" and has lured our three heroes into a deadly confrontation between heavily-armed goons and masked vigilantes.

Kick-Ass is the superhero movie many fanboys have been waiting for—it's totally irreverent, fearless and not afraid of pulling any punches with its R-rated action even though there is a child actress in the mix. Young Moretz swears like a trucker and is a force to be reckoned with as Hit Girl, Cage channels Adam West's Batman for one of his quirkiest and funniest roles in years, and the always enjoyable Mintz-Plasse is a hoot as the kid with a conflicted conscience who really just wants to be friends with Kick-Ass, played to geekalicious perfection by Johnson. If you want your comic-based superhero movie to color outside the lines for a change, this movie does exactly what its title says and then some.

What Else?: Both the DVD and Blu-ray Both the DVD and Blu-ray have commentary by the director, "It's On! The Comic Book Origin of Kick-Ass," "The Art of Kick-Ass" and a marketing archive. You'll want to check out: The BD version also has four-part, 113-minute making-of feature.

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