With an opening of 19.8 million and an initial rating of 8.5 (cracking the top 250 at 126) on the internet movie database (IMDB if you know the deal), it’s apparent that a hard charged, hardnosed, ultra violent, controversial new breed of super hero film has been born. Nevertheless, I’m certainly not sold on a script that was convoluted and contrite at best, and action scenes that are riddled with wires and lacking in reality. Watchmen meets Superbad… The greatest appeal of Kick Ass seems to be an eleven year old girl who slaughters dozens of villains in cold blood and spouts cunning catch phrases. Unlike Roger Ebert, I have no problem with the senseless violence unleashed by Hit Girl (or any of the other characters for that matter), but rather the lack of cinematic storytelling and overall reality illustrated in the film’s action sequences which were a wire heavy, sped up, blood fest that to me completely missed the mark. On the bright side there was the goggle scene which ripped off the cinematic classic that is Doom.
Trained by her father “Big Daddy“ (which is the lamest super hero name in the annals of history), an ex police officer framed as a drug dealer and sentenced to prison (of course played by comic fan boy Nick Cage) and hell bent on revenge for the death of his wife, “Hit Girl” annihilates the bad guys with no hesitation and uses ninja kill strikes that would make Ryu Hayabusa jealous with envy. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand why she would have no remorse or hesitation when slaughtering thugs having had “Big Daddy’s” revenge motives pounded into her subconscious since she was a small child. My problem is, I don’t understand how it is she would be so adept at killing and at martial arts having been trained by Nicholas Cage? His character was an everyday beat cop who lifted weights and read books in prison. Apparently Damon McReday came out of prison as some sort of weapons, martial arts and killing expert so perhaps they programmed him with these abilities while he slept like Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man. Bruce Wayne spent years training and traveling the world with criminals utilizing endless resources pushing himself to the brink with a more devout dedication to his cause and there's no way even he would be capable of training a child who scoffs and easily battles dozens of gun toting psychos without so much as a scratch. Another flaw is that Hit Girl’s jaw dropping dialogue is as clichéd as it is unwarranted. Nicholas Cage barely cusses the entire film but Hit Girl, being a small child, goes for the cheap laugh time and time again. It’s as comical as when old people say "fuck." Honestly, I had no idea that talking like a character out of a Bruce Willis action flick was part of the training for a costumed hero but then again maybe she learned it in all those John Woo movie’s they've watched.
Cage’s character in general is just weak, lacking in development and depth. Not to mention that out of costume his moustache and bizarre behavior liken him to some sort of demented pedophile you might see on Dateline. With his costume on he talks like Captain Kirk and looks like a second rate Batman broadcasting at least to this film fanatic that Nicholas Cage lacks any sort of range as an actor. Every movie I see him in, he may as well being playing himself, because he has no ability to convey emotion with his voice or behavior. I understand Cage is a big comic book fan, but Sylvester Stallone is a big Edgar Allan Poe fan and that doesn’t mean they would cast Rambo in a movie based on Poe’s Life. Hollywood, who always clamors about why super hero’s would want to wear such bright and elaborate costumes, but why would a guy just out for revenge, just trying to rid the city of Frank Damico and his goons, why would he even don a costume? After all, this is a more realistic take then those super hero films like Spider-man and Batman right? Because what's more realistic than a group of untrained teenagers using jetpacks and bazookas?
I didn't hate Kick Ass, but just like Nicholas Cage, it's overblown and overrated.
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Tags: "marvel film" "marvel 2010" "2010 summer movies"
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