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Kick-Ass 4K UHD Steelbook Review

A great cast elevates “Kick-Ass.”

Skillfully directed by Matthew Vaughn (who also co-wrote the script with Jane Goldman), 2010’s “Kick-Ass” is an adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s comic book series. The story revolves around an ordinary geeky NY teen (Dave) who attempts to become a superhero. Of course, he is completely out of his depth and nearly gets killed, but he’s determined to go. On his journey he meets 2 other vigilantes in Big Daddy and Hit-Girl who are well trained and seeking revenge against crime boss Frank and his criminal organization. I won’t spoil what all happens but Frank’s son Chris (who becomes a masked crusader named Red Mist) also plays into the story. 

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since “Kick-Ass” and yet it has. Not only did this movie launch the careers of Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz, but it was also ahead of its time to a degree as the movie was released just as the comic book movie craze was beginning. The MCU was only 2 years old at this point for reference. “Kick-Ass” is a unique satirical take on comic books (and comic book movies) and action films that also comments on violence and the absurdity of a real life superhero. It’s a bit cynical, dated, homophobic and morally questionable (especially in today’s climate), but there’s something refreshing about this darkly comedic movie going against the grain and telling its own bold story at the same time. Granted, it’s not for everyone, but for those steeped in comic book movie and comic book culture, it’s an involving watch.

As fun as “Kick-Ass” can be, the film does struggle a bit in the end. The over-the-top climax involves a jetpack with gatling guns and a bazooka for some reason. Not only did this deviate from the comic (I do wish the film would have stuck closer to it at times), but it also feels like a tacked on sequence to give the film more action. 

The cast is the real winner here. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is spot on as the titular hero. Christopher Mintz-Plasse (of “Superbad” fame) is also perfectly cast as Red Mist. There are many fine supporting performances here to by the likes of Evan Peters, Clark Duke, and Mark Strong. The real stars, however, are Nicolas Cage as the Adam West esque Big Daddy and Chloë Grace Moretz who steals the whole movie as Hit-Girl. Not only are her action sequences incredible, but she brings so much charisma to the role. It’s no wonder she has since become a star.

Note: The 4K steelbook is a Best Buy exclusive.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 2160p. How does it look? The 4K is a nice upgrade that does have a few print defects here and there.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? Expect a dynamic track.
Extras:
* Blu-ray copy
* Digital copy
* Trading cards
* Commentary by Matthew Vaughn.
* “A New Kind Of Superhero: The Making Of Kick-Ass”- A 4 part extra that covers the comic, the production, the cast, the visual f/x, editing, and more.
* “It’s On! The Comic Book Origin Of Kick-Ass”- Writer Mark Millar, artist John Romita Jr. and colorist Dean White discuss the “Kick-Ass” comic book series.
* On the Blu-ray only- Ass-Kicking Bonusview Mode, The Art of Kick-Ass and a Marketing Archive.

November 9, 2020 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , ,

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