Over the last decade or so, we've seen the maturation of the comic book genre in film. Releases like 'Sin City', 'The Dark Knight' and 'Watchmen' have all elevated the calibre of performance and cinematography to, at times, accolade-worthy levels but apart from continuing to adapt, reboot and recycle, can this genre make fresh inroads? 'Kick-Ass' proposes an answer of sorts through a marriage of Disney Channel wholesomeness and the kind of foul-mouth dialogue and bloodletting that would make Tarantino proud.
Director Matthew Vaughn, who helmed both 'Layer Cake' and 'Stardust' to limited success, takes Kick-Ass for a joyride, finally settling on a tone and pace that he can play with.
Aaron Johnson, who most recently played a young John Lennon in 'Nowhere Boy', is similarly charming as the unassuming teen everyman, Dave Lizewski. He and his buddies wax on about the realities of superheroics until, after one-too-many back alley beat-ups, Lizewski decides to take matters into his own hands. His alter-ego, Kick-Ass, becomes an overnight sensation on YouTube and suddenly masked vigilantism is in vogue.
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