I used to be an avid comic book collector so anytime a new superhero movie comes out, it gets my attention. This one, though...not so much. The name seemed crass and stupid and it was something completely new, not one of my childhood favorites. Why bother?
Boy, was I wrong! Kick-Ass delivers tons of fun and action with a huge heaping of irreverence toward the genre, but an obvious love of comic books and superheroes, too. The main character is almost a Peter Parker-type, a sad-sack high school student who has trouble with girls. He has no powers but decides to dress up as a superhero anyway. His first outing leaves him stabbed, beaten and run down by a car. His nerves end up deadened to some extent and he has surgery to place metal plates and other reinforcements throughout his body...and suddenly he is nigh-indestructible. The next time he goes out to fight crime, he is able to fight through the enemies blows because he can't feel them. And the city has a new hero.
Some of the movie is as "by the book" as you might expect, but there are twists that keep you laughing throughout: for example, our hero gets to hang out with the girl of his dreams...but only because she thinks he's gay. The other characters are fun, too: Nicholas Cage plays "Big Daddy" a crime-fighter roughly based on Batman with tons of fun toys...especially guns. His daughter is "Hit Girl," a pint-sized heroine who steals every scene she's in.
Here's my recommendation: if you like superhero movies or you just like to laugh, I believe this movie is time well-spent. It is an absolute blast and I can't wait for the sequel.