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Brutal, disturbing, and hilarious!,
This review is from: Kick-Ass (DVD)
The film is based on a comic book by the same name. The rights to the story were sold before the book was even published (it debuted only eight weeks before the film):
A teenage boy decides to take a stand for justice. He dons a green scuba costume and names himself Kick-Ass. However, not having any actual superpowers, this hero's good intentions quickly land him in an ICU. Eventually though, Kick-Ass crosses paths with a couple of far more effective (a.k.a. deadly) heroes: Big Daddy, a former cop falsely convicted of drug trafficking, and Hit-Girl, his eleven year old daughter. Big Daddy has spent the past six years training his little girl in all forms of mortal combat, hoping she would help him revenge her mother's death and her father's fall from grace, orchestrated by a local Mafia Boss. Enter blood, gore, and plenty of belly laughs...
Let me get straight to the point: yes, the film was funny and highly entertaining. However, initially I felt uneasy laughing at an eleven year old girl determinedly slaughtering a roomful of men, even if they were rotten to the core and disserving of every bullet and of every knife wound. But then, I remembered what I was like at that age: it was the early 80's. My favourite toys were a silver colt revolver and a sword. Depending on my mood, I would pretend to be a cowboy taking on a bunch of wild Indians, or a Jedi disarming (literally) Darth Vader and his evil cohorts. So, if any of you want to believe that little girls' minds are all about sugar and spice, well... good luck with that (by the way, I managed to grow into adulthood WITHOUT slipping into drugs and/or alcohol, and no, I was not a teenage mother). And so, that quick recollection gave me the permission to look at the film as an absurd exercise in fantasy and allowed me to enjoy every minute of it. Yes, the film was well written, directed and edited, but the special mention must go to the actress who portrayed Hit-Girl. Chloe Moretz was indeed eleven at the time of filming, but had the presence of a seasoned performer. I am looking forward to watching her future projects. There is already talk of a sequel. I'd pay to see it!
Laugh and enjoy!
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Initial post: Apr 26, 2010 1:28:59 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2010 3:47:34 PM PDT
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Thank you for reading my review, Steven Mason!
I do respect your views on the film. I hope you have had an opportunity to read Kick-Ass review by Roger Ebert, as you'd find him a kin spirit: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.
Still, I remain firmly entrenched in my enjoyment of Kick-Ass. My thoughts on the subject have already been made clear in my review; therefore, I will not revisit them. However, I will make some additional observations:
1) The film is rated R. No kid should be seeing it. It is intended for adults, who can separate fiction from reality.
2) I doubt Mickey D's would get rich peddling Kick-Ass toys to adults... So, I'd put that concern to rest.
3) On a personal note: my childhood was fairly uneventful and trauma free; as much as I would not volunteer myself to be the poster child for mental health, I would give myself a score of average-or-above on the "mental health-o-meter" (when compared to the general population). ;o) Btw: my childhood best friend LOVED to dissect live worms and bugs... She grew up to be a dentist... We do joke sometimes about how she would have turned out had she not managed to channel her clearly sadistic tendencies in a positive direction... ;o)
And, last but not least:
The idea of a girl inflicting violence upon men seems to awaken extreme emotions in some; whereas the theme of men victimizing women is nothing new and part of "main stream culture"... hmmm... One could spend some quality time on this thought alone...
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2010 4:33:53 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2010 5:54:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 26, 2010 6:07:10 PM PDT
"... As Ebert said in his review, this movie's R rating might prevent some kids from seeing it in theaters, but you can bet that thousands if not millions of kids will see it at home. And a lot of stupid parents will be perfectly okay with that. Sad and mad...."
I agree on this with Ebert. However, how is irresponsible parenting the film's fault? How do you propose to prevent kids from being exposed to "adult stupidity" at home? Should becoming a parent require a license? If so, should being a conservative republican be considered a repudiative factor to parenthood? ;o) OK, I am casting a wide net here... ;o)
However, using your logic we should immediately ban alcohol, guns, porn, sharp objects, and any other materials not intended for the very young... lest the very young come in contact with them... Oh, and there are groups that want to ban the teaching of evolutionism in favour of creationism (in fact, didn't Texas Board of Education just do that?)...
Anyway, I find no logic to the above line of thought, as I also find no sign of sexualization of Hit-Girl. In fact, I believe the reason the filmmakers turned up the heat on Dave's relationship with his girlfriend was to ensure the viewer did not sense any hints or possibilities that Dave regarded Hit-Girl as anything other then a fellow (and a more effective) crime fighter... So, blame that thought squarely on your own dirty mind ;o)
Still, I shan't be giving up my weekly Ebert "fix" anytime soon. It is just a further proof that sometimes there are as many opinions as there are people (though the "sex" thing was not an Ebert's suggestion, of course).
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2010 11:18:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 26, 2010 11:21:37 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2010 6:09:46 AM PDT
I do observe that there are unstable minds out there who wish to see an obscene sex object in a toilet plunger, or a tool of sexual depravation in a cucumber. People whose minds are that overwrought should seek professional help, for I imagine it must be difficult for them to walk thru life in that state of constant agitation...
I cannot help...
PS: There are many statements in your post that are not factual (such as, for example:"...Alcohol, guns, porn, and sharp objects are not marketed to a young target audience..."). Also, you refer to Japanese soft porn manga and sexualized Japanese kiddie manga, of which I know nothing, and therefore defer to you as the expert...
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2010 10:08:16 AM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2010 4:34:30 PM PDT
J. H. Henderson says:
Posted on May 10, 2010 8:37:03 PM PDT
Sal Paladino says:
This is nitpicking, I know, but, the comic book did not debut 8 weeks before the film. The first issue of Kick Ass came out in February of 2008.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2010 6:15:26 PM PDT
"Steven Mason says:
...As for your other point, can you do better than just say I'm not factual and give me examples of how, say, alcohol and guns are being marketed to young people by the makers of alcohol and guns? ..."
No, I can't. Someone as wordly as yourself should have those examples at his fingertips... ;-)
"J. H. Henderson says:
... Movies like this act like a cheerleader for people who ALREADY have these sorts of thoughts."
What sort of thoughts? ...
Btw, Taliban uses the same logic when they imprison women in burkas... (lest the sight of a woman's wrist cause men impure thoughts). I say, if a man wields so little control over his own body, he should seek immediate castration, chemical or surgical... Problem solved...