Kick Ass directed by Matthew Vaughn
Much of why many films work can be credited to the vision of the director. In Kick Ass, a lesser capable director would have failed at adapting the story. Just think of this notion; when was the last Nicholas Cage movie that was actually good? What was the last movie you saw that the hero was a little girl who battled grown ups? How many super hero movies can you name were the main character isn’t there hero at all … only a sidekick?
Kick Ass does all this and more.
I watched the movie on DVD about two years after the release. Personally, I think many marketing departments do a poor job showing what the true essence of the movie is. Usually the trailers are hastily put together and try to appeal to … I don’t know who many of the trailers today appeal to. Many of them try to make the movie look like another hit and show all the good parts, or try to appeal to action junkies. Their job is to get people in seats. A few directors, like Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, and JJ Abrams make good trailers nowadays without giving too much away. In any case, I watched the movie with low expectations.
I was surprised in many good ways. Nicholas Cage wasn’t so annoying. I actually believed in his character’s mission and saw the void caused by his death. His daughter in the movie, Hit Girl, is in a world of her own. She carries the movie more than any other character. Dave aka Kick Ass, is actually pretty annoying with zero charisma, but we don’t care. He is merely the audience’s POV watching all of the action go down. And boy, does the action pick up to a climax that is so unreal I had to watch it twice. If there is a word for Unbelievable-Awesome, let me know, because that is what it was.
Matthew Vaughn gets the performances he needs out of everyone, including Mark Strong who plays the villain (before the commercials portraying the villainous British archetypes years later). He has a serious eye for talent.
I rate the movie a 9/10 and one of the few surprise movies I’ve seen where I didn’t want to watch the movie at all after seeing the preview.
Check out Matthew Vaughn’s other movies: Layer Cake (with Daniel Craig before he was bond and Tom Hardy before he was Bane/Mad Max), Stardust (surprise hit based on Neil Gaiman story … also has a solid cast), X-Men First Class (before Jennifer Lawrence blew up with Hunger Games and won Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook), and Kingsman: Secret Service (with Taron Edgerton as one of the final 5 candidates for the new Han Solo movie). Matthew Vaughn is in a class of director I will watch anything they make for now on, no matter the genre. Only David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, JJ Abrams, and Peter Jackson fit this category.