For once this was one of those overhyped movies that when watched actually lived up to the hype. Loosely based around the graphic comic book of the same name Kick Ass follows Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) in his efforts to become a well respected superhero pounding the streets of his town after wondering why superheroes arent there in real life. Only he discovers there are some heroes out there and in some ways they are worse than the villains.
While the film is essentially a comic book adaption it is quite dark and mature so it probably isnt really that suitable for younger viewers. That being said it is very faithful to the comic book with only a few minor changes to the story and the characters and it is very well put together. It also manages to retain the great characterisation and dark humour of the book which the cast carry off well. In terms of the cast, while it is mainly led by the teenage stars they do a pretty impressive job, especially rising star Chloe Moretz who once again proves what a strong actress she is going to make. The older cast is also pretty decent with Nicolas Cage putting in what is probably one of his better performances.
Overall this is a comic book adaption with a difference. It feels fresh, original and at the same time it lives up to the comic book and the hype surrounding it. Kick Ass certainly isnt a kids film nor is it just for die hard comic book fans as I myself Im not really into comic books or the film adaptions of them, that being said this film was a very entertaining watch, very well put together and despite the mild gore at times it is very funny indeed. Highly recommended.