My favorite superhero is Batman, mainly because there's nothing that super about him. He doesn't have x-ray vision or a magical lassoe, he can't throw fireballs at you or run incredibly fast. He's just a vigilante who goes around with cool toys and beats up the bad guys. He's just a guy. That's the also the idea behind Kick-Ass, the winner for the most appropriate title of the year. The movie, a bloody, violent, vulgar romp, poses the question: What would happen if regular people decided to become super heroes? The answer: A whole bunch of ass-kicking fun.
Kick-Ass stars Aaron Johnson who becomes an internet sensation after purchasing a green wetsuit and dressing himself up as a superhero with no real super abilities. His newfound celebrity makes him the target of drug kingpin, who in turn is the target of the two best characters (and actors) in the film. Nicolas Cage (who continues his weird and wonderfully eclectic career) plays an ex-cop with a vendetta against the kingpin. He not only dresses himself up as a superhero named Big Daddy, but trains his daughter to become a lethal hero as well. She is Hit Girl, a foul mouthed killer of the highest order. While the rest of the characters and situations are fun, Hit Girl (played by the awesome Chloe Moretz) steals every scene she's in, and I wouldn't be surprised if Hit Girl gets her own movie at some point.
A lot of this movie works because the characters are real. There is nothing that separates them from you and me. They're just regular folk doing extraordinary things. Some people might complain that the movie is too violent, too vulgar, and that having children as the main characters makes it even more so. But they're missing the point. Kick-Ass is a comic book brought to life. It's supposed to be exaggerated, because that's what comics are. Kick-Ass is just plain fun, and you'd be missing out if you didn't check it out.