action film that pushes the viewer straight past "What if?" and drops them in "Why not?" "Kick-Ass" makes for one heck of a story. Go find that cape your mom made you back in the third as you fire up this flick and reenact these lines:
"Like every serial killer already knew: Eventually fantasizing just doesn't do it for you anymore." The laugh hits first, then a millisecond later your brain realizes how perfect that observation is. You've either need to commit to something or drop it entirely. Unless you are actually a serial killer, please stop and pick up knitting. This "Kick-Ass" quote shows that razor edge for Dave where he needs to decide if his desire to be a hero is worth the actual effort. Something everyone can relate to in their lives like that Voltron tattoo you just had to have.
"I never 'play.'" Children are normally scary in horror films but with this threatening line, Hit Girl becomes the action movie scary child. With a fierce intonation that's normally leveled at parents by precocious kids, she delivers the sense of impending doom and broken bones, a perfect window into how she was raised not to be a child, but an avenging angel for her mother. Without apologies, "Kick-Ass" delivers bone breaking views, characters and lines that will affect you for better or worse.
"Come on, be honest with yourself. At some point in our lives we all wanna be a superhero." People want to fly. They want to lift cars and save the world. It's natural to want to be more than you are when you're a child and even when you're an adult. These super powers transcend gender as there is equality in wanting to be powerful, to be the hero of your neighborhood, of your country and of the world. It's escapism that "Kick-Ass" decided to make into a reality that ignores the impossible and grants the audience the possible superheroics that could happen tomorrow. No nanotechnology, no laser beam shooting hands, just determination and a will that refuses to be broken.
"In the world I lived in, heroes only existed in comic books. And I guess that'd be okay, if bad guys were make-believe, too, but they're not." Another great observation of society by "Kick-Ass." Evil has their own real estate in reality, whereas there are no headquarters for the good guys, particular uniform or look. This call to arms makes "Kick-Ass" more than just a surface living film; it makes it a dissection of the troubles going on and how the newest generation views the information they're exposed to daily.
"I'll be honest, there wasn't a whole lot of crime-fighting in those first few weeks." Dave's honesty with this line adds to how real the film strives to be even as a superhero fantasy. There was a learning curve, a ton of preening in the mirror and some serious sewing going on and all these actions make the film stronger in the end. "Kick-Ass" doesn't bother skipping the awkward moments and that gives it serious staying power as a movie.