#15 / 365 – ‘Kick-Ass’ (2010) – 106 mins
IMDB Challenge #10 / 250 – Ranked #239 – Via DVD collection
Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is your average teen who dreams of becoming a vigilante super-hero, so minus the super powers and after becoming an internet sensation Kick-Ass is born – to which he teams up with Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chole Moretz) to rid the city New York of its chief villain Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong).
Imagine my delight when my film of 2010 (to which there were some very strong contenders) was showing early on the IMDB #250 list.
So what makes Kick-Ass tick apart from its unique comic book storytelling, ultra-violent striking imagery and a sublime soundtrack to boot, well one word Hit-Girl and it’s pretty much her show from the moment she graces the screen with her presence, and in Moretz (‘Let Me In’) we have an actress mature beyond her age. Nicolas Cage gives brief glimpses of his brilliance when given the right material to play with – and if you want to see a real and raw Cage performance check out ‘Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans’ also released in the same year.
Whilst ‘Kick-Ass’ may have flopped on its Cinematic release due it not being everybody’s cup of tea, most notably the Daily Mail’s ridiculous “This crime against cinema is twisted” review – but it’s fast on track to becoming a cult classic, because in Kick-Ass, Director Matthew Vaughan gave us the ‘one’ we didn’t see coming…as it audaciously but smartly recreated the already heavily congested Superhero genre and rolled out a compulsively highly watchable, irresistible piece of pure entertainment.
#14 / 365 – ‘The Next Three Days’ – 122 mins
Cinema Challenge #5 / 115
Suddenly from nowhere loving family wife Lara Brennan (Elizabeth Banks) is arrested and convicted of murdering her boss. After years of appeals are exhausted, her husband (Russell Crowe) who believes her innocence decides to break her out of prison.
This is Paul Haggis’ remake of the 2007 French thriller (‘Anything For Her’) which I have on the Sky+ planner yet to watch, see I am doing everything the wrong way round!
What Haggis (‘Crash’) does well here is creates an honest true-to-life picture to what someone would do in a broken man’s situation. Crowe gives a faultless and believable performance of that man, who suddenly jumps into action with meticulous detail whilst at the same time showing he is your average Joe by making mistakes along the way, and uses those internet ‘how to do things’ videos to great effect.