Movies In Focus recently caught Matthew Vaughn‘s Kick-Ass again for the first time in years. It’s hard to believe that it was released 10 years ago. Superhero films weren’t as dominant in 2010 as they are now and Vaughn’s film felt fresh – it still does.
Kick-Ass‘ script is great – credit must go to Vaughn and co-writer Jane Goldman for delivering something which is so witty. The casting is also great and everyone involved delivers is a big way – Aaron Johnson, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz and Nicolas Cage all fully embrace the material.
The big stand-out in Kick-Ass is Chloë Grace Moretz‘s ass-kicking Hit Girl – it’s a wonderful role and Moretz nails it. Nicolas Cage is also great as Big Daddy, channelling Adam West’s performance from the 1960s Batman series. They make for an epic pairing and you could argue that the film should have featured more of them.
The film was a modest success on its initial release. From a $30 million, Kick-Ass grossed $48 million at the US box office and $96 million globally.
If you haven’t seen Kick-Ass then its worth seeking out. If you haven’t seen it in a while then give it another go. Just keep away from 2013’s Kick-Ass 2 – it’s terrible.