D: Matthew Vaughn
Universal/Lions Gate/Marv/Plan B (Matthew Vaughn, Brad Pitt,
Kris Thykier, Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack & David Reid)
W: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn [based on the comic book
by Mark Millar & John Romita, Jr.]
DP: Ben Davis
Ed: Pietro Scalia, Jon Harris & Eddie
Mus: John Murphy, Henry Jackman, Marius de Vries & Ilan
PD: Russell DeRozario
Cos: Sammy Sheldon
Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Dave Lizewski / Kick-Ass), Christopher
Mintz-Plasse (Chris D'Amico / Red Mist), Chloë Moretz (Mindy MacReady / Hit Girl), Mark Strong (Frank D'Amico), Lyndsy Fonseca (Katie Deauxma), Nicolas
Cage (Damon MacReady / Big Daddy)
Like 1999's Mystery Men (qv), this takes superhero parody to a
whole new level.
Based itself on a lesser known comic book character, it
features a geeky high school student in a crime-ridden city, who decides to don a scuba-diving suit to take on the bad guys, only to discover he's bitten off way too much than he can chew, only
to be saved and unite forces with a former cop who dresses up like Batman and his foul-mouthed daughter.
Its tongue firmly in-cheek with spoof, twisted humour and
homage to other films and TV shows of the ilk (blatant product placement, etc.) makes it an enormously fun movie to watch, but it wouldn't be for everyone. Avid fans of superhero movies will
certainly appreciate the jokes, while the performances of Nicolas Cage & Chloë Moretz steal all the thunder.