Movie #25: Kick-Ass

I’m glad that Kick-Ass marks the halfway point of my movie marathon because it really exceeded my expectations. First, I have to come clean that I am a comic-book-loving geek fanboy who would be the intended target of any movie about a teenager who decides to put on a suit and become a superhero (It’s even based on a comic book). However, it’s not just about fulfilling my own fantasies or spoofing a genre that I enjoy, either. In fact, the movie pulls a bait-and-switch because at first it seemed like it was going to be a Kevin-Smith-esque take-off on super-hero movies. When semi-loser Dave Lizewski dons a green wetsuit to fight crime, at first he is beaten — badly. But an incident that combines courage and circumstance (and the internet) makes him into an instant hero. So far, still spoof, but after he meets a father-daughter crime-fighting team who are the real deal, the story takes a turn towards becoming an actual super-hero movie. Writer-director Matthew Vaughn did an amazing job balancing on the line between satire and drama. There’s been a lot of controversy around the character of Hit Girl, the young vigilante played wonderfully by relative newcomer Chloe Moretz, because as an eleven-year-old girl, she swears, fires guns, throws knives, slashes limbs, and kills a lot of people without batting an eye. Maybe it’s the fact that by the time Hit Girl made her debut, the movie was already evolving into a Quentin-Tarantino-esque super-hero movie instead. I think I was ready for a bloodbath presented with tones of irony (Remember Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill?). Unfortunately, the fatal flaw in this movie was the relatively uninspired camera work. Maybe that was still the Kevin-Smith-esque element coming through. Nevertheless, Kick-Ass was more than just silly fun, or shallow satire. It’s a great movie for comic geeks and normal folk alike and I highly recommend it (even with Nicolas Cage in the cast).(4.5 out of 5)

Halfway there!


One thought on “Movie #25: Kick-Ass”

  1. I thought Nick Cage was underutilized. Considering Hit Girl’s decent costume, Cage’s rendition was lame. That said, one of the better movies I’ve seen this year.

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