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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

KICK-ASS (Directed by Matthew Vaughn)


Aaron Johnson, Garrett M. Brown, Clark Duke, Evan Peters, Deborah Twiss, Lyndsy Fonseca, Sophie Wu, Elizabeth McGovern, Chloe Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

He said:
In today's comic saturated film explosion it has become pretty common place to recognize names of heroes that not so long ago were barely recognized let alone well known. KICK-ASS is based on a comic book story, but this is not your atypical comic book film.

These costumed heroes are just average everyday teens, there wasn't a radio-active spider bite, or a super genius creating heroic robot costumes to save the day, no cosmic or Gamma radiation either, just kids asking the question do you need super powers to be a Superhero?

There are a lot of references to other comic heroes in this film (Nicholas Cage's character Big Daddy was almost completely based on Adam West's Batman sans polyester tights) there were countless references to everyones favorite neighborhood Spider-Man as well. (including an homage to the first film's initial leap off of a tall building) Comic geeks the world over will be boring each other with countless references for months I'm sure.

This film was fun and entertaining and admittedly at times slightly disturbing. It does feel a bit disjointed in the final act but it is definitely a film worth watching, I give it {{{4 out of 5}}}

She said:

Overall I enjoyed this film. I am not raving about it like a lot of other people I know who have seen it, but I did enjoy it. I liked the fact that this was comic superhero film meets quirky teen dramedy ala Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist or Juno. This isn't a film about superheros, it is a film about the effects of comics on average everyday life (loosely).

My reservation with this film comes in the third act where the irony ceases to be. The film-makers stopped making a point and being interesting about the effects of getting sucked into a make-believe superhero persona and began being about 'how much violence can we fit into this film before the credits rolled'.

I feel it could have stopped half an hour earlier and been much more impressive. But then I am not a fan of violence... because call me crazy but seeing children murder people doesn't excite me in the kind of 'I am loving this action' way.

It was fun to see a different type of superhero film... one I guess lacking the superheros! But I wish so much that it had heroes in this film, forget the super. Unfortunately it is less hero more misguided children killing people in the name of doing the right thing. I give it {{{3 out of 5}}}.

They said:
If you enjoy films like Watchmen and 300 this is definitely your cup of tea. we give it [[[7 out of 10]]]


  1. Sad to see my fears verified about this film. Great job on the review!

  2. Thanks! :) It was okay but... something just wasn't quite sitting right for me. H

  3. I agree with the wobbly shift in message between 'this is what would really happen' to 'how many people can we chop up', but I'd give it a higher mark because for entertainment value it's well up there and although it got very silly it all seemed to flow nicely and had an awesome pace to it.

  4. Hmm, maybe it does deserve more than a 3 out of 5 from me. It was a really well made film with great fun acting. I was impressed by the presence Chloe Moretz brought to the screen especially for her age. I do just hate missed opportunities though! :P

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