Kick-Ass (2010)

Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is a comic book nerd who loves everything to do with superheroes. One day, he gets a brilliant idea: why not become a superhero himself? In any action blockbuster, this would be the start of an epic adventure where Dave, aka Kick-Ass, becomes a legendary hero protecting those in need.

But Kick-Ass is not just any action movie. In his first outing as a hero, when facing random thugs, Kick-Ass gets his… well, as* kicked, enough to be sent to the hospital. Luckily for him, Dave meets Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her father Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), who are bonafide superheroes. Unluckily, though, their antics attract the attention of the mafia and Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), another teen obsessed with superheroes.

Kick-Ass is a violent and over-the-top comedy that plays with superhero movies tropes. Here, the ‘’heroes’’ are much more unhinged or dangerous than heroic… but the villains are still pretty bad.

Fun fact: as it’s often the case in Hollywood, the New York City you see on the screen is actually Toronto!

Review by Pier-Luc Ouellet

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Blockbusters, Superheroes

Canadian connection

Toronto, Ontario
Nicolas Cage wanted to honour Montreal’s own William Shatner in his portrayal of anti-hero Big Daddy.