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Sunday, April 18, 2010

"Kick-Ass"

"Kick-Ass" was not a perfect movie, but it was a perfectly enjoyable movie. It's the story of a teenage geek who reads too many comic books and decides he wants to be a costumed superhero. His first time trying it, he gets his ass kicked, stabbed and then hit by a car, and hospitalized. This was Mark Millar pretty much showing comic book geeks who want to do this exactly what would happen to them if they ever tried this.

He gets out of the hospital, has a few metal plates, and busted up nerve endings which justify him not feeling much pain in subsequent ass kickings he takes.

We also have a side story going on with a father and daughter duo of costumed vigilantes who are, well, much better at this than our young protagonist, and far more ruthless. Because, let's face it, if you wanted to do this, you can't be like Batman and not kill criminals if you want to keep coming home alive. Of course, for them, this is all about vengeance. Nic Cage plays the best/worst father ever in this movie.

Now, mostly this is played straight, but with dark humor all the way through. Until Act Three when the climax divorces itself from the premise and turns into, well, typical comic book logic involving a jet-pack.

There is also a very unbelievable scene where our young hero, after spending time with this girl he has a crush on, thinking he's gay, spills the beans and she ends up fucking him. I am told this scene went the other way in the comic, exactly how you'd expect such a thing to go. Hell, she's been naked in front of him when she thought he was gay. I can't understand why she didn't think he was a creep in the movie. But, I guess we needed this light, happy moment for him considering what was coming up next.

But those two flaws, while they raised an eyebrow for me, were hardly deal breakers. It was a fun, little movie. What gets me is that people are so upset about a little girl saying 'cunt?' It's just a word. No one cares about her shooting, stabbing and killing people? I had no problem with Hit-Girl using that worst word in the English language. Her own father was shooting her to train her to wear a flack jacket. It's rated-R anyway.

It was a fun movie, I will buy this on Blu-ray.

2 comments:

  1. "There is also a very unbelievable scene where our young hero, after spending time with this girl he has a crush on, thinking he's gay, spills the beans and she ends up fucking him."

    Wait, the girl thinks he's gay or he thinks he's gay? There's some weird syntax going on up there.

    So far, I haven't seen much that makes me want to see this movie- it might be worth a rental.

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  2. After three years, I finally bought the Blu-Ray as well d:

    By the second act, I was busting with laughter.

    "not a perfect movie, but it was a perfectly enjoyable movie" <-- Couldn't agree more :D

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