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Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass

What he said:

He

I have to admit, this movie took some getting used to. Perhaps it is because I was not completely familiar with the comic, but I expected something kind of light and funny. It's not that it wasn't funny, it just wasn't what I expected in the humor department. Go watch the trailer and you'll see what I mean. It is kind of like a catchy pop song video. So that was the tone I was expecting. Oh and just a word of warning, even though the trailer might present itself that way, this movie is not for kids. AT ALL. The humor is definitely still there, it was just a different type than I expected and took some getting used to. I was unsure of the movie for a bit, but warmed up to it. The best way I can describe it is imagine violence and style of The Watchmen mixed with some Austin Powers. It was as if those two movies got together had a little wine, listened to some Barry White and well you get the rest.

The movie also excellently depicts (and spoofs) people in a comic book universe.

I can't say how they compare to the source material, but the film's version of the characters were well-done. Some were certainly better than others, but there was no one who bothered me.

I am fully aware that I am possibly endorsing the corruption of a 13-year old kid, but I simply cannot deny how entertaining Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl) was. She first caught my eye as the wise, old for her age little sister in 500 Days of Summer. Between this movie and that one, she's perfected that type of character. And the mouth on her!!! I don't know whether to cringe or laugh, but I did both.

Nick Cage, who played her father, was also equally entertaining. At first I thought he was kind of creepy, but he grew on me as time went on. His character reminds you of something straight out of The Stepfather, but only one of the "good guys".

Everyone really pulled their weight. No real weak links that stood out to me. Marc Strong was fantastic as the evil mafia boss Frank D'Amico. Aaron Johnson really tapped into that part of all us dreamers that really just want to go out and help people simply it's the right thing to do. He has a wonderful line about people looking at him like he's the crazy one, while the average Joe just sits back and does nothing. I even enjoyed the way Kick-Ass' girlfriend portrayed the naive, but well-meaning type. The over-the-top "But I worry about you!" type of lines were delivered very well. Just like they should be in this kind of movie. Of course "McLovin" was good as well. He always is imo.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was completed on August 5, 2010

What she said:

She

I kind of consider myself lucky. I knew exactly what this movie would be before I saw it. I knew that it would be ripe with often grotesque violence, and stuff that is borderline, well, just plain wrong. But, I also have to say that I pretty much enjoyed the outcome.

First of all, don't take anyone younger than 13 (and that's even pushing it) to see this movie. It's not a light superhero movie by any stretch of the imagination. This film is dark, full of foul language, and there's an 11-year-old girl who is pretty much the most awesome assassin out there. I'm not kidding, she beheads people.

In many ways, Kickass is the least interesting character in this movie. Big Daddy's vendetta, and his corruption of his young daughter into being an over-the-top killer, seems to be the deeper storyline. Although, regretfully these two characters do not command the film time that Kickass does. But the value in following Kickass is that we get to see the events of the story unfold through his eyes. He makes us ask along with him, "Is vigilante justice really the way to go?" Big Daddy and Hit Girl seem to already have their minds made up on that issue.

The movie starts off a little slow but picks up, and pleases, with a big finish. McLovin', I mean Red Mist, is the bad guy that you kind of find yourself liking. Probably just because I continually identify him as McLovin'.

One interesting thing that my husband pointed out as we were watching; some of the score music in this movie is recycled from other films. He picked out a piece from "28 Days Later" and I found one selection particularly familiar, which turned out to be from "Sunshine." Not sure what the point of that was. Much of the movie is pumped with hardcore techno that drives the action scenes pretty effectively.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie. Yes, several things from this film seem morally reprehensible, but it's meant to entertain, and it did its job. I do think you have to be a certain type of person to like the movie, so that's just a caution.

Diagnosis: Thumbs up, but with a word of warning.

This movie review was completed on August 5, 2010