As I handed over a crisp Hamilton to the scrawny mop-top in the ticket booth, I said a silent prayer to myself. It went something like this: “Please, oh lordy lord, let Kick-Ass be as awesome as its been hyped up to be, for I could have stayed home and Netflix'd it up for a considerably smaller dollar amount.

Well, I can safely say to you that my prayer did not go unheard. In a phrase, Kick-Ass was Ki.... Kick-Ass was K... I'm sorry I can't say it. I have too much shame. I'll just say that Kick-Ass was F'n nuts.

Disclaimer: I'm not familiar with the Kick-Ass comic created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., so I am incapable of griping about any disparities between the movie and comic.

However, I can tell you that Kick-Ass is one of those movies that shows you how important a unique and diverse cast of characters is to a story. Every character had their own quirks that made them all feel...fun, for lack of a better word. You'll leave the theater hard-pressed to think one you didn't like.

The action sequences were some of the most entertaining I've seen since 300. The gore in the film may seem gratuitous to some, but it nicely underscores the theme of “realism.” It doesn't become tedious either. Rather than being your average bullet-filled explosion orgy, every action sequence had its own unique flavor—Hit-Girl might make you afraid of the dark. The ironic musical score that plays while Hit-Girl goes to work is inspired. You'll be laughing as she slices and dices her way through various groups of thugs.

Speaking of Hit-Girl...holy shit. She steals the show. I remember when the red-band trailer for Hit-Girl came out. The comment boards over at Screenrant went crazy arguing over whether or not it was kosher to make a little girl say “c***” in a movie. But, now we can be sure that the equation, (Little Kids + Talking Like Sailors = Hilarious + Awesome), is completely accurate.

The only real thing to complain about was that the titular character did not do as much ass kicking as you would expect, which for all I know could be one of the characteristics of the comic. The plot is more centered around Hit-Girl and Big Daddy than it is around Kick-Ass. But, to me this is a minor gripe when compared to the overall entertainment value of the film.
Kick-Ass is a must-see.


4/24/2010 07:24:53 am

Haven't seen the film yet or read the comic, nonetheless I find myself most definitely craving the ass kicking promised by the title and trailer. I was more than a little a skeptical about the ass kicking ability of a preteen girl in a mask but after the review I think I'll put my doubts aside and give her a chance. I was hoping for some explanation in here though of why they seemingly marketed this movie to a teen audience and yet the filmed was marred with an apparently deserved R rating. is that just bad planning by the production company or am i missing something? great reviews though man, keep em coming, I think I've found a blog that readable.

4/24/2010 10:59:06 am

I agree. The marketing strategy did seem a little confusing. It definitely deserved that R-rating, but there really isn't anyone else to market this type of film to. It's an action movie based on a comic book in which the titular character is a teenager in high school. Just because of the tone of the film overall, I think that it just gives off this "young" kind of vibe. And with a name like 'Kick-Ass' I don't think there is much confusion about the target age demographic. I'd hope no parents thought it would be a good idea to take there little ones to see this one. Thanks for the kind words, Vince. I'll try and keep pumping 'em out.

4/27/2010 10:59:29 am

Just like when fantasizing isn't enough isn't for a "serial killer"... I can't remember the second part, but it was a great reason for KICK ASS to finally start kickin' ASS!!!

I liked the twisted one liners, but I don't think I can give it more than a 5 out 10.

4/27/2010 11:01:15 am

I mean can't give.....


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