A movie is successful to the masses when it performs well in the box office. In reality, a film is considered a good film when it accomplishes all it has set out to do... well... unless you're a movie like Transformers and your only purpose is to whore out to rake in the summer flick bucks... but anyways... films like 300 or Sin City can be considered great films, because they deliver not only exactly what the director hoped to deliver, but exactly what their audience wanted.
Thus is the story of Kickass. And boy, does this movie kickass. Now before I get into this movie, let me make another more broad statement. Watchmen, is my favorite movie of all time. Sometime I hope to write a full review or even analysis of it, it is literally the best movie I have ever seen. That movie came out last year, and Kickass is the best movie I've seen since then.
Kickass develops a tone early in the film that carries through the entire thing. It is hard to put a word on what exactly this tone is... for 300 you'd be hard pressed to find a better word than "fun," but Kickass has more depth than 300, it's not just fun. This tone is established nice and early by the brilliant performance of our main hero, Kickass. Kickass decides to take it upon himself to become the world's first real life super hero. But that doesn't work out so well to say the least... But you as the audienece, are obligated to love this kid before you're even 20 minutes into the film.
The funny thing is, Kickass's amazing performance isn't even the one who stands out. Along side Kickass, we see SuperBad's McLovin, Nicholas Cage as Bat... erm... BigDaddy, and a 7 year old who calls Mobsters c***s. :lol: Basically... every character in this movie is great. Each character is not only presented flawlessly by both plot developement and acting, but the depth of each character also makes each of them insanely lovable. From the RedMists hidden desire to just be accepted by his father, to HitGirls badassness being used as a shield to hide the normality of a little girl trying to impress her father... each character surprisingly is multi-dimensional. BigDaddy constantly struggles in a quest for revenge on a mobster that not only cost him 5 years in the can, but also the life of his wife. Kickass also goes through multiple mind games, going from being willing to die for a stranger he doesn't even know, to realizing how precious life is, and how downright frightening the thought is to lose it.
So while the levels of ridiculousness and humor come with Kickass, it is the unexpected depth that makes it so great. Yea, we get an 11 year old slicing off mobster limbs, we get Kickass getting humiliated and we get ridiculously funny scenes in the RedMists car... but there's more to this movie than that. And better yet, while there's more to the film than that, it never forces it down your throat. You could go into this movie, expect a ridiculous film, and walk out happy that you saw a ridiculous film, not even giving a single thought to the character or plot depth, and not only are you okay with that-- but the director is too.
When a film gives you all you want, and more, it's a win film. This movie was great, I enjoyed it on so many different levels. Kickass is on its way out of theaters so if you can't see it now, be sure to at least rent a copy when it comes out on DVD, it is more than worth it.