Crafting a successful superhero movie is easier said than done. The best of the genre -- and Christopher Nolan's Batman movies immediately spring to mind -- take what in some quarters could be considered ridiculous and turn it into the sublime. Respecting audience and source material in equal measure, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight entertained, provoked thought, garnered critical acclaim, and pulled in a fortune at the box office. One false move can result in just the plain ridiculous, however, and from Condorman to Catwoman, movie history is littered with such expensive miss-fires.
Kick-Ass is something new, however -- a superhero movie unlike any that has gone before. A spectacular flight of fancy that takes genre conventions and turns them on their head. One that pays tribute to the rich history of the comic book movie, and yet in the process manages to create something wholly fresh and original. And quite possibly the benchmark against which future such efforts will be measured.
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