Kick Ass

Apr. 11th, 2010 08:45 pm
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I'll put down my thoughts on Doctor Who tomorrow, right now I'm going to review: Kick Ass because it's the best film I've seen all year. It made me nearly want to forgive Nicolas Cage for not having made a good film since Adaptation, it's that good!

So Kick Ass is about a teenage boy (Aaron Johnson) who, armed only with the powers of naivety and optimism, dons a wetsuit and decides to become a superhero, Kick Ass. As this show is set in a world very close to reality, he gets his ass kicked quite badly, but becomes an internet sensation, and later through a series of events becomes the target of a powerful mob boss (Mark Strong) and a reluctant ally of the deranged but effective Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and his equally deranged/brainwashed pre-teen daughter Hit Girl (Chloƫ Grace Moretz.)

It's one of those films where you can't quite tell what genre what you're watching is. On the one hand, it's a piss-take of the superhero genre in general, yet it loves it characters enough to take them seriously and deliver them a movie that has fight scenes up there with The Dark Knight. In that way, it's kind of like Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, it's movie that not only spoof the genre but are also loving and loyal to it.

But it also provides a strange social commentary, particularly through the character of Hit Girl who seems to be comment on that connection we make between violence and awesomeness in female characters. On the on hand there's something brilliant about a pre-teen girl killing a bunch of mobsters almost execution style to Bad Reputation, and at the same time, the scene is deeply disturbing, because, hello, she's a child, and it's also funny, because it's a little girl taking out a bunch of mob guys. I ended up sitting there and wondering to myself why I found that scene to be awesome, and well, I'm never going to be able to watch that scene with River Tam running through a bunch of Reavers at the end of the Serenity the same way again (or any scenes similar to it).

Anyway, besides that, the action scenes are amazing (it is really violent though and earns it's R rating, but I didn't find it to be worse than The Dark Kight), it's hilarious in places, but it's more straight than funny, particularly in the third act. And I'm going to keep my eye on Aaron Johnson because he was fantastic (I was quite thankful looking him up on Imdb that he makes the n/2 + 7 cut off, because he's gorgeous). Chloƫ Grace Moretz was also brilliant.

If you're okay with excessive violence and language and found Hot Fuzz to be brilliant, go see this movie.

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