A superhero film that's devoid of any actual superpowers might seem a bit novel, but that's kind of indicative of how Kick-Ass relates to the genre as a whole. With Christoper Nolan's epic conclusion to his Batman trilogy edging closer from the horizon*, it's evident that comicbook films have been getting moodier, darker and grittier over the past decade. But Kick-Ass bucks the trend somewhat.
Stylish and brutal, the action focuses around the titular Kick-Ass, a niave teenager who buys a green diving suit and decides to become a vigilante, the batman-esque "Big Daddy" and his daughter-come-apprentice "Hit Girl". The trio attempt to combat a drug operation with a slick and stylised mixture of gunplay, fist fighting and elaborate knife throwing, making for some brilliant action sequences set to an equally energetic soundtrack.
Kick-Ass makes for a fun way to spend two hours if you want a superhero film that doesn't take itself too seriously at all. There's a certain novelty to 12 year old girl calling a flat full of drug dealers "cunts", shortly before putting the five of them into twenty different spots in the room; a novelty that you don't come across too often.
*Speaking of The Dark Knight Rises here's the latest trailer for it:
So stoked for this.