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Posted on Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Dave!This afternoon was a beautiful day for driving over to Seattle... until I actually got here. I thought that I could beat rush hour traffic, but somehow arrived right in the middle of it. By the time I had checked into the hotel and made my way to the mall, I was late for my movie date to go see Kick-Ass. Luckily(?) there were twenty minutes of commercials, previews, and other crap, so I didn't miss any of the film.

I liked the movie, and don't feel I should have to make any apologies for that. Even though I am sure there are plenty of people who probably think that I should apologize for enjoying a movie which features an 11-year-old girl with a foul mouth and a predilection for killing bad-guys in the most violent, bloody, horrifying, way possible.

But it's a movie.

Obviously if it were an 11-year-old girl actually murdering people for real, I'd feel different. But it wasn't and so I don't, because I can distinguish hard-core entertainment from real life.

Kick-Ass tells the story of Dave Lizewski, a geeky high-school comic book fan who decides to become a costumed crime-fighter named "Kick-Ass." Unfortunately, he doesn't have any training or fighting skills, so he spends most of his time getting the crap beat out of him. Repeatedly. Almost dying after his first "adventure."

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Mindy Macready, who has been trained since early childhood by her father to be a ruthless killing machine. Seeking revenge for Mindy's mother's death at the hand of organized crime, the duo become costumed crime-fighters known as Hit-Girl and Big Daddy (featuring one of Nicholas Cage's best performances ever!).

If there's a problem with the film, it's that I found Dave Lizewski's screen-time to be mostly boring. Probably because every single scene with Hit-Girl brutally mowing down criminals was awesome times 100. There's just no way that Kick-Ass can compete with her. She completely steals the movie, and it got to the point where I spent my time wishing I could fast-forward to her next appearance...

Hit-Girl Poster

All in all, Kick-Ass was solid entertainment that tries to provide a "realistic" take on the super-hero genre film. Of course, it's nowhere near being actually realistic, but the portrayal tries to be. And I give them a solid "B" for the effort.

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  1. I’ve heard mixed things about this movie. More good things than bad mind you. While not a “must go watch at the movie theater” kind of film, I’m looking forward to it when it comes out on DVD.

  2. Renn says:

    I figure I’ll catch this one on Netflix but I just wanted to say that the poster you’ve included here is awesome. In so many ways. It’s like the antithesis of those “10 worst movie posters” I saw recently. Well, except that I guess it fits the complaint of per-character posters. And it doesn’t include the title of the movie. I suppose it’s not actually a movie poster, per se, so those things can be forgiven. They certainly don’t take away from my appreciation for the art, which is immense.

  3. Peggy Archer says:

    I LOVED Kick-Ass! I had a great time and I think it’s one of the better comic book movies.

  4. Dan says:

    I hated Wanted (I found it immoral) and so am avoiding this one. I’ll catch it on DVD and by the sounds of it probably enjoy it. I do have reservations though.

  5. whitenoise says:

    interesting. I bet my teen would love it but maybe not so good for my younger kiddies…

    Watched Avatar on bluray last night- it was Awesome!

  6. Justin Scott says:

    When this movie comes out on Bluray, I feel I will be FORCED to get a player and the movie.

    It was just too awesome.

    And the first comic I buy for my iPad? It will definitely be this one. So amazing and great review, totally agree with most all your points.

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