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Kick-Ass – Mar 26th

If only making films without the backing of a major distributor always went this well.


being fought takes form in Mark Strong’s ruthless drug-dealing kingpin, Frank D’Amico, father to Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s (“Su- perbad’s” McLovin) lonely Chris (and his super identity, Red Mist). Plenty of violence and blood-letting ensues, most of it cartoonish, but just enough of it bruisingly believ- able to keep things tethered to a semi-recognisable reality where people actually get hurt and heroes can die. It’s in this tricky juggling of tonal shifts that Vaughan and screenwriter Jane Goldman prove themselves true masters of the genre.

Suited perfectly to their roles, the cast - including a rejuvenated Nico- las Cage as Big Daddy, wronged ex-cop and father to Chloe Moretz’ bloodthirsty Hit Girl - is clearly rel- ishing the opportunity to have some fun outside the studio system. The scenery is not just chewed by these established vets and precocious young guns. It’s sliced, shot up, gutted, shredded and spattered with fountains of blood throughout.

Financing the film largely out of his own pocket, di- rector Matthew Vaughan (“Layer Cake”) took a leap of faith that all would be well for “Kick- Ass” as long as he re- mained faithful to writer Mark Millar’s (“Wanted”) and illustrator John Ro- mita Jr.’s original vision. And by the time Vaughan and co. premiered a foot- age reel at 2009’s Comic- Con, it was abundantly clear that not only would

the nip-and-tuck interfer- ence of a major studio have been the last thing such intense, fabulously vulgar material needed, but that the gamble had paid off.

Dave Lizewski (played by “No-

where Boy’s” John Lennon, Aaron Johnson, one of many Brits round- ing out the cast) is an average American high schooler – nothing special academically or athleti- cally, and “invisible to girls” – who spends his free time reading comic books, surfing the internet behind a locked door with a box of Kleenex to hand, or getting mugged. Having

finally had enough of bystanders refusing to stand up to the injustic- es happening right in front of them, Dave orders a scuba suit, holsters a couple pipes to his back and hits the streets looking to dish out some vigilante justice.

Things don’t go quite as planned at first, but before long, Kick-Ass is

Uncompromising from start to finish (aside from some clever editing used to disguise a particularly strong adult-on- child punch in the face), the filmmakers haven’t pulled any punches, and if they had - as they were no doubt aware - the whole thrilling, envelope- pushing thrill ride could eas- ily have fallen apart into a limp, whitewashed mess.

While few may have ex- pected it, including the cast and crew who were

hi t - ting his stride, be-

coming a YouTube sensation and inspiring others to take up the fight. And as others join, the injustice

surely just thrilled to get their film

made at all, “Kick-Ass” absolutely deserves inclusion in the discus- sion of top comic book-to-screen adaptations of all time. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40
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