April 12th, 2010

Kick-Ass review

Don't be a flying cock and watch this movie.

The much anticipated film adaptation of the comic mini series by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr is almost here.  Is the movie a glorious spectacle of violence, gore, and dirty language like the comic, or is it another horrible adaptation like Millar’s, Wanted?  Let’s find out.

Now I must first establish that I am in fact a fan of the comic and I was originally worried about what cinematic crapterpiece our wonderful Hollywood system would produce.  Let me say right now that this review is not going to be a side by side comparison of the film and comic, but just a review of the movie.  Trust me, the nerd in me wants so bad to be that nit picky internet douche bag who spouts off why the yak yak yakity blah blah blah, but I feel that that’s just not fair to the movie itself.  It’s two separate animals and they deserve to be looked at separately.  That being said the movie is about 90% accurate to the comic and that the 10% difference between the two is inconsequential to the plot, but it does take away a lot of the point of the story.  This is something I will touch on in more detail on next weeks podcast after the release of the film.  I believe in being fair though so we’re just going to take a look at the movie and see if it’s something that’s worth your time.

Kick-Ass is about teenager, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), who upset with how screwed up the world is and how boring and pathetic his life seems decides that he should become a superhero named, Kick-Ass.  Of course it doesn’t work out the way he thought and after a near death experience that should have actually ended his career, he’s gifted with a metal plate in his head and nerve damage instead.  Now armed with just about the lowest form of super powers possible he decides to step it up a notch.  He ignites a trend that inspires people to become costumed adventurers.  Of course not all is great because he also inspires the mob led by Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong) to kill them.  Thus mayhem ensues and we have a movie.

Kick-Ass is basically asking the question of what would it really be like to be a superhero.  Do they do this well?  Kind of.  The character of Kick-Ass is pretty believable on many levels, but our ensemble of characters seem to be so out of this world that it creates a tug of war of reality and fantasy.  Along side Kick-Ass we have the Red Mist (Christoper Mintz-Plasse), Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage), and Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz).  All are entertaining and played well (even Nick Cage which kind of scares me).

Big Daddy is a mix of Punisher and Batman.  He declares a war on crime with his daughter, Hit-Girl.  This duo in a lot of ways is the coolest part of the movie, but they’re over the top action shenanigans take away a lot of the believability of the flick and turn this into pretty much a regular superhero movie that’s just a bit more self aware and funnier.  They’re a great complement to Kick-Ass because they’re actually good at what they do, but the back story and operating methods of the two characters is sadly not that believable for a movie that’s trying to get us to believe that normal people can be super heroes.  There’s of course the controversy that surrounds Hit-Girl.  A 10 year old girl who kills people and cusses in a fictional movie is apparently abhorrent and I should be very angry.  Grrr.  That’s my angry noise.

Kick-Ass is directed by Matthew Vaughn who’s best know for his previous two films, Stardust and Layer Cake.  He was also the producer behind Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Snatch.  I think this is a great project for him to work on.  For those that don’t know he was originally attached to X-Men 3 but jumped ship a few weeks before filming began and then later was attached to Thor before dropping it to do this.  It’s obvious that the dude wanted to do a comic movie and I think this is the perfect one for him.  It’s superhero mixed with comedy and crime drama that he’s used to working in.  There’s a rumor going around that he’s working on adapting another story from Mark Millar which just makes me all kinds of excited.

The movie is amazingly funny, there are kick ass (no pun intended) fight scenes, the cinematography was great, the music was blah blah blah.  You don’t care.  You just want to know if the movie lives up to the name.  The answer is yes.  The movie is awesome.  It has it’s flaws, but overall there were moments that made my jaw drop, times where I laughed so hard that I missed lines, times that were so touching you forget you’re watching kids running around in costumes, and times that prove why comics is the medium that all others steal from.  It’s definitely a hard R rating so be prepared for ultra violence and language more colorful than a bag of Skittles.  I of course recommend that everyone pick up the comic as well because I think you’ll see a different side of the story not captured in the film, but like I said that’s a rant I’ll go into on the podcast.  See the movie, enjoy it, then read the comic and bitch about it.

I give the movie 4.5 out of 5 stars.  Seriously, in a world of movies that have to attach the characters, “3-D,” on the poster just to get asses into the seats, Kick-Ass is a breath of fresh air.


Let me know what you think.

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