||[Feb. 11th, 2011|12:16 am]
After picking up the DVD for £5, i finally got around to watching "Kick Ass" and i have to say it was a good film, a really good film that i enjoyed watching and should have watched much sooner.|
I was apprehensive partly due to the fact that the comic never really worked for me, but the film did, it had a more...light hearted feel about it.
While the film is pretty violent, it never struck me as gratuitous, even when the bad guys give a captured Kick Ass and Big Daddy a beating.
The violence sways from comic book ( the giant microwave death ) to realistic, but is mainly of the "WHAM/STAB and they are down" variety rather than having any lingering slow motion shots, and there is blood, but only in the amounts you'd expect.
Language, there was a lot of unfair flak given to the film due to the young heroine Hit Girl and her occasional swearing, which to be honest i found no more offensive than the young boy in Love Actually swearing, or the young criminal boy from Robocop 2. It all seemed in context with the character, so it made sense. I feel that had Hit Girl been Hit Boy, they wouldn't have gotten quite as upset.
Hit Girl, easily the best character in the film, and Chloe Moretz is superb, playing a wire-act of a girl who is still very much a child physically ( i thought it good that they showed that she had limitations ) and mentally but also with a maturity of personality so far beyond Kick Ass that at times it was easy to forget how young she is. Chloe Moretz strikes me as a very fine young actress and deserves a long and successful film career.
To any reviewer who bafflingly thought the character of Hit-Girl was sexualised in some fashion, all i can say is they should take a long hard look at themselves. Allegedly some higher ups wanted Hit Girl to be an older teenager, which Kick-Ass scriptwriter Jane Goldman rightly pointed out would have been much more likely to sexualise the character, while as a tiny moppet, the character isn't ( except for those guys who feature on "To Catch A Predator" ). If anything about Hit Girl appeals, its her character, and that comes a lot from the performance of her actor, more than anything else.
As for Kick Ass himself, i actually found him surprisingly likable as a hapless, near hopeless hero who wants to help, Aaron Johnson played it well, and i would never have guessed he wasn't actually American.
Nick Cage was also much better than i expected as Batman/Punisher hybrid Big Daddy, his modeling of Big Daddies speech pattern when in costume on Adam Wests Batman was rather well done, thankfully not quite falling into parody. I felt it a shame he didn't feature just a bit more. The rest of the cast were excellent, to their credit.
An excellent comic book movie, and i feel that regardless of anything negative that has been said about the film, much like its hero, its heart is in the right place.