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Movie Review: Kick-Ass (2010)

September 2, 2010 7 comments

Four superhero faces.Summary:
Highschooler Dave wonders why no one in real life ever tried to be a super-hero, so he orders a wet suit, dubs himself “Kick-Ass” and sets out to attempt vigilante justice.  Lucky for him in his ineptitude, someone has thought of being a a superhero–ex-cop Big Daddy and his 9 year old daughter Hit Girl.  Their activities land them on the mob’s hit list, and pandemonium ensues.

Review:
This is a concept–blundering wannabe superheroes–that could easily fall flat on its face, but it doesn’t.  The addition of Big Daddy and Hit Girl to the scene really change the entire feel of the movie.  They’re not so much superheroes as vigilantes–think Kill Bill only with superhero costumes. They bring reality back into Kick-Ass’s daydreaming.  In the real world, fighting the bad guys often have serious consequences.  It’s not all youtube glory.

This was based on a graphic novel, and the bright colors in the costumes help bring that feel in.  The fight sequences aren’t stylized like anime, rather they feel like a typical action movie, but that was a wise choice given the basic message in the movie.  Shots are smooth and stylish without reading as cartoonish.

Apparently, some people find the character of Hit Girl offensive.  This surprised me since she was by far my favorite in the film.  Where I see her as possessing admirable grit, raw talent, and a propensity to speak her mind others see a little girl killing people and using the c-word.  I think those people are taking things a bit too seriously.  Hit Girl is clearly a little girl who enjoys what she does and is being true to herself.  Little girls aren’t always sugar and spice and everything nice.

Overall, Kick-Ass is a fun movie that will appeal to fans of superhero and action films alike.  I highly recommend it.

4 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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