MOVIE REVIEW: 'Kick-Ass' is a hard-charging action flick

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

For a time, I thought the new movie, “Kick-Ass,” was going to be a live-action cartoon.
But, nope, it’s a live-action comic book.
The trailer for the movie sets you up for a laugh riot, where teenagers dress up like crime fighters and fun ensues.
There are some laughs, but fighting crime isn’t a barrel of laughs for our hero, Dave (Aaron Johnson).
With all the comic book superheroes in the world, Dave wonders why no one has tried to put on a costume and be a hero in real life. He gets his answer during his first foray in full costume, when he gets beaten, stabbed and hit by a car.
When he gets out of the hospital, he tries again. Someone catches him on video as he defends one gang member from three other gang members. He takes a good beating in the process, but he becomes a hero and an Internet phenomenon.
The trouble starts because another masked hero has been messing with a mob boss’ business. The boss (Mark Strong) blames Kick-Ass and unleashes his goons onto an unsuspecting Dave.
All of the sudden, the consequences start piling up, and “Kick-Ass” goes from cartoon to comic book.
It’s a hyper-violent movie, and some viewers might find the role of Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) disturbing. She’s an 11-year-old killing machine who’s been trained in the deadly arts by her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage). Hit-Girl also cusses like no 11-year-old should. “Kick-Ass” is rated R for good reason.
I can see how Hit-Girl could be a deal-killer for some viewers, but the novelty wears off quickly.
At a certain point in the story, something happens that changed the movie for me and I really wanted to see how it ended. That last 30 minutes is a thoroughly satisfying action film.
“Kick-Ass” has some problems. It’s slow in developing at times. In addition, Dave gets into a relationship that seems like an add-on to the movie. Every superhero needs a girl, right? But we’re used to the girlfriends having something to do with the rest of the story. That’s not the case here, and it feels like a missed opportunity.
I give “Kick-Ass” a B plus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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Wizard reveiw:
Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Kick-Ass” a D. “The movie is not what the trailer said it was. Go see ‘Date Night.’