First of all, why couldn’t Kevin Smith leave “Cop Out” with its original title of “A Couple of Dicks” if Vaughn got away with titling a movie “Kick-Ass.”
The movie was entertaining if you don’t mind extreme violence perpetuated by and on an 11 year old girl. While it was violent, 1) I’ve seen worse and b) it was actually less violent than the comic it was based on my Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. The only part that was a little hard to watch was [SPOILER START] when Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) almost beats Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) to death in a violent fist-fight) [SPOILER END].
The funny thing is the movie in the end subverted the concept of the book. The point of the book was to dramatize what would happen if real people decided to take to the streets in costume and how violently that would probably turn out for those real people. In the beginning, the movie adheres closely to the source material but by the time we get to the final showdown, things got a little too superhero-ey for me. It was still entertaining but I felt like something edgy became Hollywood. I was also bugged by the change of [SPOILER START] Katie’s reaction to finding out Dave wasn’t gay. [SPOILER END].
On the brighter note, Chloë Grace Moretz was great and stole the movie whenever she was on the screen. I feel slightly better about the ill-advised Let The Right One In remake, Let Me In with her playing the lead girl.