KICK ASS Figures from Mezco + The Reviews are in!

Kick Ass and Hit Girl are the first KICK ASS figures available for pre-order over at CmdStore.com. Shipping in September, they’re awesome renderings of the film’s leads and stand about 6 inches tall and feature film-accurate weapons.

The movie, based on Mark Millar’s graphic novel, has been trickling into theatres slowly, but will see a wide release on April 16th. Already there are some review coming in, so here’s a look at what the Sydney Morning Herald has to say:

SHOOT the well-worn conventions of your standard superhero movie through the prism of media-savvy geek culture and you get Kick-Ass, an extremely funny, extremely violent, gloriously foul-mouthed and decidedly adult comic-book adventure that offers the most refreshing reboot of the genre since 2008’s Hancock.

Directed with verve and frictionless pace by Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, Layer Cake), the film is a jokey thrill ride of cartoonish excess as we follow the loopy trajectory of Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a typical teen nerd who decides to make up for his shortcomings by becoming a superhero.

His initial attempt doesn’t go so well and lands him in traction where selective nerve damage raises his pain threshold to near-superhero levels and metal plates reinforce his fractured skeleton. Being a dweeb, he, of course, notes the Wolverine parallel half a second before we do, though thankfully the film’s frequent riffs on superhero lore never ferment into parody.

On his next crime-fighting venture, Dave, dressed in a self-designed suit, dispatches a gang with the aid of his new found ”powers”. The event is captured on a mobile phone, is promptly uploaded to YouTube and Kick-Ass is born.

Thing is, the city already has two self-appointed crime fighters: Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his tweenage daughter Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz in a fabulous film-stealing performance). He’s an ex-cop eager to bring order to the city that claimed his wife. She’s a boisterous kid who enjoys killing bad guys.

It’s when Kick-Ass gets in over his head while dealing with a stumblebum mobster (Mark Strong) and his morally conflicted son (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) that the daddy-daughter duo enter the fray, with Hit-Girl relishing the opportunity to slice, dice and shoot her way through the film’s villains.

All too predictably, a low-rent controversy has been stirred up over the film’s MA15+ rating, which some groups think is too mild for a film that features a tween girl shooting, killing and saying the C-word. The fear is that the classification, which allows kids under 15 to see the film with adults, potentially exposes the film to children.

What nanny-state nonsense. The rating highlights the film’s ”strong violence, coarse language and sexual references” and unambiguously signals that Kick-Ass is not suitable for children. The suggestion that only a hard R rating can make that clear sadly highlights the need for people to take full responsibility for what their kids see.