SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this if you don’t want to know what happens in the movie.
I saw the movie “Kick-Ass” last night with my friend Meaghan and her friend Tinsey. Overall, it was a pretty entertaining movie, with a lot of things to like about it. It was also one of the most bizarre movies I’ve ever seen. Also, I know that this movie is based off of a comic book or a book or whatever, but they were made in tandem so before you comment about how I don’t know what I’m talking about because I saw the movie and didn’t read the book, just shut up. Thanks.
Here are some thoughts.
First, the things I liked about it:
1. The Writing – The story arch and how they explained what the HELL was going on was excellent! I went in to this movie without even seeing a trailer for it, and completely grasped the entire storyline by the time I left. They managed to balance stereotypical comic book movie jargon with a real life story somehow better than most actual comic book movies. It might have been their ability to exaggerate things and get away with it, but either way it really worked.
2. Art Direction/Cinematography – I think these elements of movies are very underrated considering they give the look and feel of a movie. It was obvious that they pulled from a Tarantino-style of filming, but not in the exact same way. The overall look and feel of this movie was very entertaining to watch, particularly the scene where Big Daddy and Kick-Ass are tied to the chairs.
3. The Female Heroine – I’m always a sucker for having a female come and kick some ass, again, something Tarantino is known for doing. Adding the fact that she’s 11 and it’s basically a jackpot movie-going experience for me. The actress was SO good!! I’ve never seen an 13 year old actress look and portray such adult concepts in a movie. Anyway, in typical comic book movies, it’s rare to find a female heroine, so this was pretty awesome.
4. The Music – I’m a sucker for music that emphasizes poignant scenes in movies, and sure enough this movie did exactly that. The scene where Hit Girl is introduced, and there is children’s music playing in the background while she slices peoples’ legs off actually gave me chills. The irony of the music vs. the scene was incredible. Another scene that comes to mind is at the end when Kick Ass uses his jet pack, and a gospel chorus singing “Hallelujah” is playing while he machine guns an entire apartment. Now THAT is kick ass.
The things that I didn’t enjoy:
1. The overwhelming unoriginality – I get that this is a spoof movie, but pulling from literally EVERY single popular comic book and comic book movie was just a bit off. Really, Kick-Ass has basically the same setup as Wolverine…and then sees his own skeleton on the X-Ray machine? Airing a video of someone being killed to the world: Dark Knight much? I mean the list goes on and on and on in just about every single scene. A little more originality would have been nice. My friends I went with to see it agreed.
2. Nicholas Cage – The disclaimer is that nothing Nicholas Cage has ever done or will ever do is something I am going to like. I really just don’t like him. He seems like he tries too hard, and then the movies he does are shit anyway. He was a mix between himself (creepy, irrelevant) and Stanley Tucci’s character from “The Lovely Bones.” His character was VERY annoying throughout, and I’m glad they killed him off right away.
Anyway, this movie is definitely worth the price of admission. It’s an interesting movie to watch with a somewhat interesting story with an absolutely unoriginal concept. My thoughts for the sequel are that since they did this movie about avenging parental death and the ‘Daddy Issue’ button, the only other real thing that happens in true comic book movies is saving the world. So, I’m sure they’ll have to find some sort of cure (X-Men style) and save the planet from absolute peril.
We’ll come back to this in 2 years when Kick-Ass 2 comes out.