Okay so there has been an incredible amount written on the subject of "Kick-Ass" and the general opinion is that you either love or hate this movie. It is understandable to see why the opinions sway so wildly because a super hero satire which has blood splattering violence with an 11 year old girl delivering a lot of violence is not going to be for everyone. I must admit it has left me torn because on one hand "Kick Ass" is a well put together movie with some amusing ideas about a nobody trying to be a somebody by being a super hero but the violence and a 11 year old girl killing people just did nothing for me, in fact I didn't like this side at all.
Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson - Nowhere Boy) is just a normal high school kid, pretty much invisible to girls and picked on by the cool kids. Then one day he decides he wants to be a super-hero and after buying a hideous looking green wet suit online starts training to take on the bad guys on the street. His escapades as Kick-Ass come to the attention of Damon Macready (Nicolas Cage - Knowing) and his daughter Mindy (Chlo├ź Grace Moretz - 500 Days of Summer) because Damon and Mindy already have super hero alter egos.
So let me tell you what is good about "Kick-Ass" and that is director Matthew Vaughn has put together a good looking movie. Ignoring what I and others consider to be wrong the super hero satire is genuinely amusing especially with Dave being an average Joe who is more accidental hero than anything. The various nods to comic book movies are good and some of them are in fact amusingly clever. And if this had been an all out action movie made in the 80s I would be saying that the action is good because the blood thirsty nature of it reminded me of some of Stallone and Schwarzenegger's movies aimed clearly at an adult audience.
But that was the good and the bad is that I just don't like the brutal nature of the movie considering the action is from children. Yes I know it is a satire but watching Chlo├ź Grace Moretz with her cute smile then dress as Hit Girl and dispatch bad guys in a bloody way is very wrong. It is not just the violence dished out by Moretz as the general level of violence including other characters is just wrong especially when it is often played out in such a humorous way.
What this all boils down to is that "Kick-Ass" has left me completely torn because whilst the violent side of the movie was not good it is still a well put together movie with some genuinely funny scenes.