An interesting take on the diy-superhero genre.
- Rating: 15
- Director: Matthew Vaughn
- Known Cast: Nicholas Cage
- Run-time: 117 mins
The story: Dave (Aaron Johnson) decides that he wants to be a superhero, despite having no powers or financial backing. He sets out to fight crime and win the girl in a scuba-suit, strengthened by his lack of nerve endings. But then, he gets caught up in the big business of serious vigilantism, as shown by Hit-Girl (brilliantly played by the 12-year-old Chloë Moretz) and Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage).
I think there are two sides to this. On one hand, you have the brilliant directorial work (visually, parts are really amazing), class soundtrack, pretty solid and orginal storyline, and great acting, particularly from Chloë Moretz. On the other, you have lots of extreme violence, and some more extreme violence, and a little bit more extreme violence, and a director that clearly thinks five minutes spent detailing how the protagonist really likes to masturbate is five minutes well-spent. Though maybe I was just hyper-aware of that last bit as I was watching with my mother… fyi, probably not the best movie to view with a parent.
All in all, however, I think that the humour and entertainment derived from this far outweigh its flaws, and though I don’t understand quite why the violence in this was considered less bad than the likes of Sweeney Todd (as evidenced by its “18” rating compared to Kick-Ass’s “15”), it wasn’t unbearably gruesome.
Verdict: 3.5/5. The visuals and humour of this make it a worthwhile watch.
And if you want a completely non-biased take on this, try the Daily Fail. It’s always good for a laugh… (I particularly love the “encourages paedophilia” charge they level at it.)