Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Stardust) astounded audiences worldwide with his undoubtably genre-defining take on Mark Millar's renowned graphic novel. Nowhere Boy star Aaron Johnson stars as Dave, your typical geeky teen whose curiosity surrounding super-heroes gets the best of him. Adopting a new identity, Kick-Ass, he attempts to fight crime, no matter how little the problem. With no training or powers, real super-heroes Big Daddy and Hit-Girl are the ones that attract attention from crime kingpin Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong). One of the best of '10, Kick-Ass is brilliant violent, with Jane Goldman's script proving to be one of the most refreshing of the year. It has to be said; the film kicks ass.
The second of this year's Nicholas Sparks adaptations is The Last Song, the teen drama starring Hannah Montana's Miley Cyrus. While many dissed the film plainly for starring the teen star, i was personally surprised at how much she didn't suck every inch of air out of Julie Anne Robinson's poignant teen drama. Rebellious Ronnie (Cyrus) heads to her father's beach house for the summer, unintentionally repairing the bonds they once had whilst flaring up a relationship with a local (Liam Hemsworth). Typically Sparks, but the film is an easy watch and a guaranteed weeper for the tweens that worship Cyrus' music.