'Kick-Ass' Review By T. King (Red Camera Man)

Should Have Called Him "'Dumb'-Ass" Instead.
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
Ever since this movie came out in theaters, I've been downing it so much because it looked really stupid from the trailer...and also because I hate comedies. They're just pointless and overrated that tries WAY too hard to be funny with foul profanity, gross/inappropriate humor, and characters acting retarded and stupid like the horrible Mike Myers and his godawful "Austin Powers" movies. The trailer for this movie reminded me a lot of "Superbad" which is one of the worst movies ever made along with "Pineapple Express," so I didn't want to waste my time in the theater, but since many people won't stop pressuring me about loving this movie so much, I decided to wait for DVD. Well, I finally watched it after renting the DVD, and here's what I thought of it:

STORY: (This contains major spoilers!) Even if this movie is from a comic book, I wasn't interested and I didn't care that much about the plot. I've never read the book, but I bet it has the same plot like the movie has. It's just about teenagers dressing up like superheroes and fighting crime without any powers, and stopping this drug lord (Mark Strong) from taking over the place and whatever. I thought the plot was stupid because the first hour of this film was overrated, but the last 40 minutes saved the movie from being horrible. The first hour focused on retarded characters and overrated stupidity (more like the comedy act of the movie), but the last 40 minutes were better because it got more serious and it focused on the so-called plot after the character Hit-Girl teams up with Kick-Ass and they fight against the drug lord, his traitor son Red Mist, and their minions so that she can avenge her father's death who is Big Daddy. The movie finally gets better from that point.

The reason why I thought the first hour was stupid and overrated was because of this: After recovering from a serious injury after his first fight against a bunch of gangsters as Kick-Ass, Dave returns to school and finds out that the girl of his dreams is now interested in him but only because she thinks he is GAY! She thinks that because she thought he was attacked without having any clothes on by rapists, and Dave goes with that since he doesn't want anyone to know he was Kick-Ass and trying to fight crime. I just shook my head by how stupid that was as Dave keeps spending time with his dreamgirl and trying to get help on what to say from his dumb friends (one of them is Clark Duke from another stupid movie called "Hot Tub Time Machine" by the way). That's what kept going during the first hour along with Kick-Ass trying to fight crime and the drug lord's arguement with this one guy he and his minions captured. They kept interrogating him about who was the one that stole the bottle of coke, and I was so annoyed because that part went on and on. That was another problem I had with the first hour.

ACTING: I don't actually see Aaron Johnson as a good actor. He kept stumbling and being nervous a bunch of times while fighting crime as Kick-Ass and trying to be with the girl of his dreams during the first hour, and yet people think that's how great acting is. Why? It also reminded me of Dustin Hoffman's terrible acting in the 1967 film "The Graduate." Nothing like Tobey Maguire's outstanding award-worthy performance in the amazing movie "Brothers," because he wasn't acting really serious or extremely pissed off while fighting against those gangsters and being noticed for the first time outside that store; but since he acted retarded along with some of his dialogue while defending a beaten-up guy on the ground, the gangsters now think he's just crazy, high on drugs, and they ran away avoiding him! And yet he becomes famous and the most popular video on YouTube after that! That is also one of the stupidest scenes I've ever seen in a movie, but Aaron Johnson's acting got better after he teams up with Hit-Girl towards the end.

I've also been wondering why Nicolas Cage was in this movie. He's a good actor, but his performance in this movie I didn't like much, especially when he was playing a crazy immature father. I also found his screaming towards the end pointless and annoying. The scene when he was on fire while being tied to a chair...and when he and Kick-Ass were being held captive by the drug lord's minions? Yeah, that's the one I'm talking about. Was his screaming trying to be funny or was it trying to make me puke? I think it was trying to make me puke because I was so damn annoyed! His acting was a lot better in the "National Treasure" movies instead, and even "Ghost Rider" despite what other people think.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse, the guy with the 'I am McLovin' line from "Superbad," stars in this. I didn't care that much about his performance either. Nothing special from him. Chloe Moretz, who played Hit-Girl, was a crazy, foul-mouth, killing machine, but I had no problems with her acting whatsoever. The only performance I liked was from Mark Strong who is always good playing the evil villain like in "Sherlock Holmes" and "Robin Hood." He and Chloe Moretz were the only performances that kept me from giving the acting a lower score, but I wished the overall acting could have been better though. "Clash Of The Titans" had better acting than this.

DIRECTING: Matthew Vaughn, eh, I didn't care that much about his directing. Many people are praising him for what he did with this movie, but I don't give a sh*t about him really. I had no problems with the camera work, editing, and some of the music, but I thought he should have done better with the plot and some of the acting. I don't see him like what Zack Snyder did with "Watchmen," another movie based on a comic book that I liked a lot better than "Kick-Ass." I thought Matthew Vaughn's directing to the film was just average since this movie is mostly a comedy and that's not my type, just like Steven Spielberg's on the mediocre film "The Terminal."

VISUALS: The visuals in this movie? Blah. There was blood during the action sequences, but I thought they were actually stupid. I don't mind blood like in a horror movie, but the blood in this movie was just fake and over-the-top, and I laughed by how lame they were in a couple of scenes, especially when that one guy's body just suddenly exploded while being stuck inside that stove or whatever the hell it was in that one scene. This movie may have pretty colors, but "Spider-Man 3" had WAY better visuals than this!

OVERALL: So, was this movie worth my time? No, it actually wasn't...except for the last 40 minutes which I liked better than the entire 2hr movie. Even though I think this movie is only mediocre, I also think it's absolutely a lot better than the horrible "Superbad!" This movie doesn't have gross stuff like dick drawings or any of that crap! This movie was also better than "Shutter Island" which is already the worst movie of the year so far. But with the stupid plot, not-so-good acting, average directing, and over-the-top visuals aside, "Kick-Ass" doesn't focus on pervert trash like out-of-control, close-up, camera angles and shots of naked women's boobs like in the horsesh*t film "Gamer" and I'm glad it didn't, but this movie was still not awesome in my book.

I think it WAS good that I didn't see this movie in the theater because I would have walked out before the first hour was even over, but I just kept watching it after renting the DVD, hoping that it might get better...and I'm surprised it did with its last 40 minutes as I said again and again. And because of that, I gave this movie a mediocre rating; but since it was not awesome, I will NOT buy the DVD despite the pretty colors on the cover. This movie was worth the cost of a DVD rental instead of a ticket price for me.

And as many people are saying that this movie lives up to its title, I didn't think it did. I didn't feel like I got my ass kicked while watching this. I just see it as an average movie that shouldn't get much credit. So that's why, in response to my main quote above, I think this movie and the main character himself should have been called "'Dumb'-Ass" instead, and that would have been funnier in my book.

One Final Word: This movie also leaves room open for a sequel which I don't care about either. I heard it was going to be called "Balls To The Wall" and I think that's a dumb title for a sequel. It looks like they might have something like those gross dick drawings from "Superbad" because I can tell by the sequel's title. Same thing like this one, I will not see the sequel after it's released in theaters sometime in the future, I will just wait for the DVD. And if Matthew Vaughn directs the sequel, then I won't care since I'm not a fan of his anyway. He could have done a better job with this movie...but, oh, well. At least there's Zack Snyder's "Watchmen."

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Comments (25)

  1. Corey W.

    14 thumbs down? Damn...that has to be a record. lol

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  2. Summit10

    well someone was kicked ass...pun! seriously, Serial Killer does have his point of view and for the majority that liked this film (i did!), all of us were just trying to say to have at least a sensibility on the certain sequences explained.

    to the reviewer, maybe we just need to be a little more open minded on things...its a movie man, its like saying that Mr. Vaughn had his point of view as well in making the film. It was just too one sided for the negativity...

    4 years agoby @summit10Flag

  3. Monkeyiron 2.0

    and Big daddy was on fire too you stupid f*ck

    4 years agoby @Monkey-ironFlag

  4. Monkeyiron 2.0

    This review is whack man. The reason Big Daddy is screaming is because he was helping his daughter while she was shooting at the thugs and Kick-Ass isn't a good fighter he barely even know how to deliver hey makers. The thugs don't think hes on drugs and the reason they'd ran was because they had heard police sirens not because they were avoiding him. Get your facts straight then make a discussion ok you crazy little monkey you

    4 years agoby @Monkey-ironFlag

  5. T.Clark

    You liked the movie better than the book?

    How the f*ck old are you? I'd really like to know. You have the taste of a 12 year old. Seriously. When you get a little older, then come back on here and post opinions that make sense.

    4 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  6. Monkeyiron

    Hey man don't be a dick to the new guy

    4 years agoby @monkeyironFlag


    I totally disagree with you! This movie was awesome. You were probrarly real stoned while watching this film.

    5 years agoby @theshiznitFlag

  8. T.Clark

    You write pretty detailed reviews, which is more than most people, but it's very hard to understand where you're coming from with your observations most of the time. You're pretty bias.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  9. Monkeyiron

    @(Insert Username Here) agreed

    5 years agoby @monkeyironFlag

  10. T.Clark

    Ummm...this was pretty action-packed...but also smart, funny, and sometimes intense. What you're basically saying is that you like mindless films with no real plot...which must be why you liked Clash of the Titans.

    All of your reasons for not liking the film are bias and illogical. In fact, many of the things you hate about the film are exactly why it's good, which shows your lack of taste. I mean, you've given good scores to some good movies, but overall you have really poor taste...just sayin. Not trying to start anything. Hopefully when you grow older you'll learn to appreciate better movies...you're pretty young, right?

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  11. Monkeyiron

    Yea and we're telling your dumb ass that you are wrong about this movie Mr.Kick-Ass hater

    5 years agoby @monkeyironFlag

  12. Monkeyiron

    Thanx it's he gets me so mad some times him ad his hate for this movie so f*ck him the broke ass Kick-Ass hater

    5 years agoby @monkeyironFlag

  13. Emmytt

    @monkeyiron right on

    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  14. Monkeyiron

    Yea you have zero taste for this movie you Kick-Ass hater.O yea bye the way he was screaming because he was burning alive and trying to help his daughter while he was burning alive you f*cking idiot ,2nd the thugs ranned away because of the cops was coming and he doesn't know how to fight all that well.And this is so better than Watchmen.Also the dinner fight scene was my favorite through out of the other scenes in the whole movie you stupid c*nt

    5 years agoby @monkeyironFlag

  15. Emmytt


    5 years agoby @emmyttFlag


    Maybe when Scott Pilgram comes out on DVD you'll like that. lol. Probably not though. ha

    5 years agoby @the-screenwriterFlag

  17. roam798

    I have to applaud you on why you think this film was crap, but I could not agree with more. It's apparent that you have a sever differential taste in movies, this could be that you just have a lame sense of humor or that your really old and just don't get the new stuff. The pure fact that you don't like comedies gives this idea. I'm with the comments below, I could go through your whole review and pick out why no of your reasoning is logic but just reading your review was a waste of my time. Good Try. I would say I have to give this film a solid 4 half stars.

    5 years agoby @roam798Flag


    To each his own, btw.

    5 years agoby @the-screenwriterFlag


    Dude....not to be mean or anything, but I agree with everyone down below. You seemed to hate every little thing about the movie. And how were the directing and visuals bad? The visuals were awesome, in my opinon. This movie is fantastic. The acting is spot on. Its based off one amazing graphic novel. One of my favorite comic book adaptions ever. I actually liked this more than "Watchmen". You seem to hate comedies but, think about it, the two that your are despising [Scott Pilgram and this] are actually two very original films from this year. Both 5 star movies in my book.

    You have to watch it again. This time, not already saying, "Alright I'll watch it but I'm gonna believe that I already hate it".

    5 years agoby @the-screenwriterFlag

  20. Bryan Yentz

    Honestly, you didn't seem to want to think or pay attention to anything going on in the film fro the get-go. You went in hating on it, and nit-picked content that you didn't fully understand I mean, I had my issues with the film (like the whole jetpack thing), but everything you describe is content that was easy to follow if you just thought about it, such as why Nic Cage was the way he was, wwhy the Youtube video blew-up, why Kick-Ass is the way he is (for one because he's NOT a fighter, he's NOT a conversationist, and he follows the girl of his dreams because he's still a kid, and thus, has that naive outlook on love. It all makes sense, but the issues you pointed out were fully conveyed in the film and all had relevance. I get that you didn't like it (I gave it a 3.5), but you're making up negative about the film without even wanting to understand them for a second.

    5 years agoby @bryanyentzFlag

  21. T.Clark

    What is your f*cking problem with comedy? You need to take the stick out of your ass. How old are you? Mommy and daddy don't want you watching that stuff?

    The whole "stumbling and being nervous" is part of Johnson's character. He's not one of the jocks who always get the girls, he's just an average guy who likes comic books. You can't expect him to be super-confident when talking to that hot-as-f*ck chick. I'm sure you'd be nervous, too. Also, when it comes to fighting crime, did you expect him to have Batman skills? He's a teenage wannabe super hero. He's just trying to do the right thing. He doesn't have any powers. Not training. He's just gonna do the best he can and he gets his ass kicked the first time out because of it. He becomes a web sensation on YouTube because it was an ordinary guy taking on a bunch of lowlifes beating the crap out of another guy. He was helping someone in need while other people just stand and watch, which is what he points out before the lowlifes run away.

    "The three *ssholes, laying into one guy while everybody else watches? And you wanna know what's wrong with me? Yeah, I'd rather die... so bring it on!" Is that the bad dialogue you were talking about during the fight? Because it makes perfect sense to me.

    Newsflash, this is Nic Cage's best performance in a long, long time. He needed this. He's good at crazy, and he should play roles like this more often. It was comeback, but he went right back down the sh*tter with Sorcerer's Apprentice. He was screaming while on fire because he was giving Hit-Girl directions when she was saving their asses. He yells "Kyrptonite!" and "Robin's Revenge!" as code names for various different attacks. That scene was intense and perfectly executed, and if you don't think so, then f*ck you.

    And are you f*cking kidding me about "Clash of the Titans?" Your credibility went out the window that that statement, dumbass. Clash of the Titans is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. The acting is atrocious. Sam Worthington carries the same goddamn expression throughout the entire movie and Gemma Arterton as that unnecessary character Io was just annoying.

    Spider-Man 3 have good visuals, but it doesn't change the fact it sucked. I bet you liked that movie, too. In fact, I'm pretty certain you did.

    Have you read Watchmen? I don't think so. I'd recommend it, but I don't think you would get the complexity of it. Snyder's films was a noble effort, but it has no where near the kind of complex and emotional narrative that the book has.

    The movie was funny, action-packed, clever, and there's even a message behind it, in that people should be willing to do the right thing just because it's the right thing to do.

    At a first glance, one may think this is a good review for it's length, but after reading it, you make so many illogical and frustrating observations that I just can't call it a good review. You have horrible taste. The fact you like Clash and Spider-Man 3 better than this proves that.

    5 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  22. OhTheFilmNerd

    From How i See it Your Prejudice from begining and too end, thisfilm was truly great, the acting was spot on, all the allements of what a comic book hero movie should be.
    The genres all fit, the wit is dry and profound but fun, a tight budget, way low 15 million, but it looks glorious in all its mighty, looks better than anyother 150 milliion dollar movie, its fun, action packed, best sonudtrack in the world, the pacing is lke lightening, you just hated this film before you gave it a chance, also thnak god this was started off before the comic, as that very very dark, and gruelling, would make out a good movie if this hadent begun production first, but thiso utshines every film this year and every superhero movie

    5 years agoby @ohthefilmnerdFlag

  23. Avian

    Bad acting =/= How the character acts.

    Also, Big Daddy was screaming because while he was trying to give advice to his daught he was on FIRE. BURNING ALIVE! He also had to yell so Hit-Girl could hear her.

    Your review just seemed like a long rant, and it seemed like you were wanting not to like this movie. Sorry, bad review.

    5 years agoby @avian005Flag

  24. moviegeek

    Wow you are a hero! Someone who hated both Superbad and Pineapple Express. I haven't seen Kick-Ass, though I thought it looked pretty good. Good review!

    5 years agoby @moviegeekFlag